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Sir Paul McCartney MBE (18.6.1942) Sir Paul McCartney is a British singer, songwriter and musician, famous for being a member of the hugely popular group The Beatles, who rose to fame in the 1960s.

Childhood: Paul McCartney was born to Mary and Jim McCartney in Liverpool. His mother died of an embolism after receiving treatment for breast cancer, in 1956.

In the 1920s, Jim McCartney had been the star of Jim Mac's Jazz Band and he encouraged Paul and his brother Mike to learn musical instruments as children. Jim originally bought Paul a trumpet to learn, but with the rise in popularity of skiffle music, Paul swapped the trumpet for an acoustic guitar.

Spotting a poster for a Slim Whitman gig, Paul McCartney realised that it was possible to play the guitar left-handed and so strung his guitar the opposite way to help him. He also learned the piano, on which he wrote 'When I'm Sixty-Four'.

Early Musical Life: When he was 15, Paul McCartney met John Lennon and The Quarrymen at a church fête. Paul's working class background initially caused Lennon's family to disapprove of their friendship. George Harrison later joined the band, as did Stuart Sutcliffe. They changed their name to The Silver Beetles and toured with Johnny Gentle.

The Beatles: In May 1960, The Beatles were managed by Allan Williams, who booked them a gig in Hamburg, earning themselves £2/10s a day. The drummer in these early days of the band was Pete Best. After some of the band were deported from Germany, the band regrouped in Liverpool, where they began playing at the now infamous Cavern Club. When Sutcliffe left the band, Paul McCartney took over on bass, somewhat reluctantly, and bought himself a Höfner 1962 500/1 left-handed bass guitar.

Brian Epstein saw the band play in November 1961 and offered to manage them. Neil Aspinall was nominated as their road manager, who drove them to a showcase in London for Decca Records, who rejected them. The band were on the cusp of signing a deal with Parlophone Records when Brian Epstein sacked Pete Best and replaced him with Ringo Starr (real name, Richard Starkey). The band's debut single was 'Love Me Do'.

The Beatles' debut album, Please Please Me was released in 1963. Paul McCartney also wrote a number of songs for other singers, including Mary Hopkin and Cilla Black. Whilst most of the band remained living in Liverpool, Paul McCartney lived with his girlfriend, Jane Asher, at her parents' house, near Abbey Road Studios.

In 1965, The Beatles received an MBE.

In 1966, Paul McCartney wrote the score for the film The Family Way, earning himself an Ivor Novello award for Best Instrumental Theme. He also continued to write for other artists, including Badfinger and The Bonzo Dog Do-Da Band.

The Beatles officially broke up in 1970, though John Lennon had announced his departure from the band in 1969. Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit in 1970, which ultimately disseminated the band. Shortly after this, McCartney's debut solo album was released, entitled McCartney. Linda McCartney was also involved in the recording of the album, something that Paul had insisted on, so that they would be able to stay together when he was on tour.

Ram, Paul McCartney's second solo album, was credited to Paul and Linda McCartney. Later that year, Paul McCartney formed the band Wings. The line-up of the band including Denny Laine on guitar and Denny Seiwell. Wings' debut album, Wild Life, was released in December 1971, followed by a tour of British universities in early 1972. Their single 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' was banned by the BBC. In the summer of 1972, the band embarked on the 26-date Wings Over Europe Tour.

In 1973, Wings released two albums, Red Rose Speedway and Band on the Run. In between these two album releases, Wings wrote the theme tune for the James Bond movie, Live and Let Die. The tune was produced by Sir George Martin, who also arranged the orchestral pieces in the song. Band on the Run won two Grammy Awards and featured the single 'Jet'.

In 1974, Paul McCartney and John Lennon recorded a jam session, which was later released as A Toot and a Snore in '74. McCartney also recorded an instrumental track that his father had written, entitled 'Walking In The Park With Eloise'. The recording featured Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer and the members of Wings.

Wings' next album, Venus and Mars was released in 1975. The singles 'Listen to What the Man Said' and 'Rock Show' were released from the album and the band then undertook the Wings Over The World tour. The single 'Mull of Kintyre' was released in 1977 and remained at the number one spot in the UK for nine weeks.

In Christmas 1979, Paul McCartney released the solo track 'Wonderful Christmas'. The following year, McCartney II, was released. Two very popular singles, 'Coming Up' and 'Waterfalls' were released from the album.

In 1982, McCartney worked with George Martin and Ringo Starr on his next album Tug of War. The lead single was a duet with Stevie Wonder named 'Ebony and Ivory'. McCartney also duetted with Michael Jackson on 'The Girl Is Mine', from Jackson's Thriller album. They also duetted on 'Say Say Say', from Paul McCartney's Pipes of Peace, release in 1983.

Paul then wrote and starred in the film Give My Regards to Broad Street, released in 1984. He also wrote 'We All Stand Together', from the cartoon film Rupert and the Frog Song.

In the late 1980s, Paul McCartney wrote a number of songs with Elvis Costello.

McCartney worked with a number of orchestras in the 1990s, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society. The Prince of Wales made McCartney a fellow of the Royal College of Music. He released a number of classical pieces, including 'A Leaf', 'Standing Stone', 'Working Classical' and 'Ecce Cor Meum'.

Flaming Pie was released in 1997 and received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. That same year, he was knighted and dedicated the honour to his fellow Beatles and the people of Liverpool. Two years later, he released Run Devil Run.

A Garland For Linda was released in 2000 - a tribute to his late wife, Linda McCartney. The album raised funds for cancer patients.

McCartney's next album, Driving Rain, was inspired by his wife-to-be, Heather Mills.

In 2005, McCartney released the album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. Two years later, Paul signed a record deal with Starbucks' coffee group. He played a number of secret gigs in London, Los Angeles and New York. Among the celebrities in attendance were Kate Moss, Elijah Wood, and Whoopi Goldberg. To celebrate Liverpool's 'City of Culture', McCartney performed 'Band on the Run' with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.

Personal & Family Life: Following his high profile relationship with Jane Asher and his marriages to Linda Eastman and to Linda McCartney, Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills. Their relationship and subsequent divorce generated a huge amount of tabloid interest and their marriage.

Since 2007, Paul McCartney has been dating Nancy Shevell, a member of the board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Sir Paul's daughter, Stella McCartney is a high profile fashion designer.

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Paul Mccartney Launches Audio Mojis For Skype

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The Live and Let Die legend has created new music to accompany Skype's range of love-themed animated clips, known as mojis, to help users better express their emotions on the phone and video calling platforms on the most romantic day of the year.

MCCartney was sent a brief of the specific emotions he needed to compose for, and the Beatles icon admits tackling the project was a lot of fun.

"It turned out to be a great laugh at the same time as challenging, because you suddenly realise you've got to compress a musical interpretation of an expression into less than five seconds," the veteran rocker explains. "It was like doing a huge crossword puzzle and coming up with all these solutions. And at the same time it was musical, so it was great practice for me in the studio."

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Sir Paul McCartney Teams Up With Skype For Special Valentine's Day Emojis

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Sir Paul McCartney has collaborated with Skype on a range of special Valentine’s day emoji, recording new music to accompany the new animations.

The 73 year old former Beatle teamed up with the tech giant to compose a series of short jingles that play along with the special “love inspired” emoji they’re releasing in time for February 14th. You can watch McCartney recording the music in a video below.

Mojis, as they’re called in Skype-world, feature short video clips users can send to friends while chatting, and the BBC and The Muppets are among the partners Skype has used in the past.

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Paul Mccartney Hails Hospital Fundraiser

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Donations flooded in during an annual campaign to boost the coffers of Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) in London, with the tally standing at more than $4.4 million (£3 million) on Monday (08Feb16).

The Beatles star is a big supporter of the hospital, and he has spoken out in a specially-made video to thank those who contributed to the fundraiser with a jokey reference to his famous track When I'm 64.

In the clip, posted on the website of U.K. newspaper The Independent, which is backing the Give to GOSH appeal, Sir Paul says, "This is Paul McCartney here and this is a message on behalf of the Great Ormond Street Hospital. I want to thank everybody who has donated to their latest campaign and has given money to keep this great hospital and the great work it does going.

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Mark Ruffalo Warns U.k. Prime Minister Over Fracking

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The Avengers star is vehemently opposed to the controversial gas extraction method amid fears it could damage the environment, and he previously lobbied to have it banned in New York.

Now Ruffalo has turned his attention to the U.K., where a number of new fracking sites are planned, and he has urged Cameron not to back the proposals.

"Mr Cameron, you're making an enormous mistake, and it's a legacy mistake. Because there's no fracking that can be done safely," he declares during a video interview with environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth. "Your people don't want it. You've already told them once before that if they didn't want it, you wouldn't push them to take it, and you're turning back on your word, sir. And what is a politician if he's not credible..."

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Has Record Dealer Unearthed Inspiration For Sgt. Pepper Artwork?

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The EP by music collective Mercblecket was released in 1964, a full three years before the Fab Four unveiled their creative tour-de-force, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, in 1967.

The Mercblecket EP, which ironically features the band performing covers of four Beatles songs and is titled Mercblecket Beats The Beatles, has a cover featuring several of the musicians standing centre-stage in front of a bass drum daubed with the band's name, while wearing military guardsman's jackets. They are flanked on either side and behind by other members of the group.

The Sgt. Pepper cover famously features the Fab Four wearing guardsman's jackets while standing in front of a bass drum daubed with the album's title. On both sides, and behind them, is an array of black and white cutouts of the band's heroes.

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David Beckham On Kids' Dating Rules

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The former soccer star and his fashion designer wife Victoria are parents to children Brooklyn, 16, Romeo, 13, 10-year-old Cruz, and Harper, four. He's previously admitted being much softer when it comes to disciplining his little girl and is in no doubt he'll find it tough when she starts to become interested in boys.

"Oh yeah, that'll definitely be different," he laughed to ET Online.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Beckham meant his inability to say no to Harper would make things hard, or if his protective nature meant he wouldn't want her seeing boys.

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Boy George Pays Tribute To Hero David Bowie

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The news came on Monday (11Jan16), when Bowie's representative confirmed he had lost his secret 18-month battle with cancer on Sunday (10Jan16). It caused a worldwide outpouring of grief, with George following in the footsteps of stars such as Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Madonna and Kanye West by speaking of how much he admired the late star.

"I have been a loyal fan since (the first) concert (I went to) in 1973. As a teenager growing up in Suburbia, I was very much the odd one out and Bowie was the light at the end of a very grey tunnel," he wrote for

"He validated me and made me realise I was not alone. Listening to his early songs I felt he was speaking directly to me when he sang, 'We're painting our faces and dressing thoughts from the skies, from paradise.'

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Madonna, Brian Eno And Mick Jagger Among Many Paying Tribute To David Bowie

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Tributes and condolences have been pouring in from around the world following the death of David Bowie, which was announced early on Monday morning (January 11th).

The extent of Bowie’s illness was unknown to all but a select few, and the announcement of his passing at the age of 69 has come as a great shock to many, particularly as he had only released his 25th album Blackstar three days previously.

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'Come Together' Is The Most Popular Beatles Track On Spotify

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It’s been less than a week since The Beatles’ back catalogue finally hit streaming services and music fans all over the world have been indulging in all the Fab Four’s classic hits. But the band’s arrival to the streaming world has perhaps also helped to settle a long-standing debate among music fans, as to what is the definitive Beatles’ song.

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At 00.01am on Christmas Eve The Beatles’ music hit stream hit almost every major streaming platform including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, TIDAL, and Amazon Prime. It marked the end of the group shunning the streaming world, finally bringing their music into the 21st century.

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The Beatles' Back Catalogue Confirmed To Hit Streaming Services On Christmas Eve

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The Beatles music has finally been confirmed as hitting a range of streaming services just in time for Christmas. The band’s official twitter account made the announcement today, with their full catalogue becoming available from tomorrow, Christmas Eve.

The BeatlesFrom tomorrow you will finally be able to stream The Beatles’ music.

‘December 24 at 12:01am local time, The Beatles’ music is available for streaming worldwide,’ the announcement read, with a link to the band’s official site. The music will be available to stream on Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody, Slacker Radio, Tidal and Amazon's Prime Music service. The songs will not, however, be available on Pandora.

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Paul McCartney Performing Live In Concert

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Sir Paul McCartney Performs At London's O2 Arena

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Sir Paul McCartney Performs At The O2 Arena On His 'Out There' Tour

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LFW S/s 2015 - Hunter - Arrivals

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Hunter Original LFW SS 2015

Sir Paul McCartney - Stars photographed as they arrive and depart the Hunter Original 2015 spring/summer collection at London Fashion Week 2014 - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th September 2014

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18th June, 1942







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