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.
He also admits his next band Wings left much to be desired.
It's been more than 45 years since The Beatles split up, and while Paul McCartney has remained a superstar instead of fading into musical history, he confesses that he got depressed when the band that launched his career called it quits after ten years of epic hits.
Paul McCartney was depressed over Beatles split
More many musicians, disbanding can be a relief; a window of opportunity to explore other musical ventures. But for Sir Paul McCartney, it led to depression, drinking a lot and forming a new band that he confesses now really wasn't very good.
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Paul McCartney is to be the star of a six-part virtual reality (VR) documentary series.
The first two episodes of the VR series will debut on Tuesday (24May16) on the Jaunt VR App.
Each episode will focus on one of MCCartney's tracks, either solo or with his band Wings, with the opening pair chronicling the creation of his 1980 track Coming Up and 2007's Dance Tonight.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the immersive audio and visual experiences, titled PURE MCCartney VR, will feature The Beatles legend recounting his memories of writing the songs, alongside never-before-seen archive footage and newly remastered versions of the tracks.
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Paul McCartney was warned by Oprah Winfrey not to work on Kanye West's N-word ridden song All Day.
Speaking during a Mastertapes session at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios, attended by a star-studded audience, the former Beatles star described Kanye as an "inspiration" and a "crazy guy who comes up with great stuff".
He then recalled how media mogul Oprah - who has been an outspoken opponent of the use of the N-word - advised MCCartney against working with the rapper because of his repeated use of the controversial word throughout their song.
"I get this track back, a thing called All Day: he’s taken my melody and he’s made it seriously urban, which is funny because the lyrics use the N-word – a lot! ‘How long have you been at the mall?’ ‘All day, N-word!,'" said MCCartney.
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Sir Paul McCartney almost turned his back on music after the Beatles split.
In a new BBC interview, the Mull of Kintyre singer reveals he turned to drinks and went wild in the years after the Fab Four called it quits, and his band Wings helped him straighten out and rediscover his love for music.
"I was breaking from my lifelong friends, not knowing whether I was going to continue in music," he said. "I took to the bevvies (alcohol). I took to a wee dram. It was great at first, then suddenly I wasn't having a good time. It wasn't working. I wanted to get back to square one, so I ended up forming Wings."
Macca accepts the band, which featured his wife Linda, wasn't "that good", adding, "We were terrible. We knew Linda couldn't play but she learned and, looking back on it, I'm really glad we did it."
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Paul McCartney has reportedly been offered a judging role on British TV talent show The Voice.
The series is moving from BBC to ITV later this year (16), and bosses are said to be hoping to land a superstar for the panel.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, former Beatles star Paul has been approached to sit in one of the famous spinning chairs, with executives "pulling out all the stops" in a bid to convince him to sign up for the show.
"ITV are determined to make the show a real success when it changes channel so they are really going for it," a source told the publication.
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Paul McCartney helped make a young fan's dreams come true in Argentina on Tuesday night (17May16) when he invited her to join him onstage.
The rocker spotted little Leila Lacase, 10, in the audience during his Buenos Aires gig. She was holding a sign requesting the former Beatles star's autograph.
Touched, MCCartney invited the youngster and her mother to join him onstage at the La Plata Stadium - and that's when the pre-teen explained she actually wanted to play bass with her hero.
Little Leila's wish was granted and MCCartney allowed her to play along and sing on his rendition of the Beatles' Get Back.
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Sir Paul McCartney - Sir Paul McCartney, singer song-writer arrives at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios to record an hour-long special edition programme of 'Mastertapes' that will be broadcast on Radio 4 at 10am on the 28th of May. The singer is also be taking part in an interview and Q&A session for the station. at Maida Vale Studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 11th May 2016
Paul McCartney and Elton John gathered at a memorial service in London to celebrate the life and work of producer George Martin on Wednesday (11May16).
The legendary music producer, who was often dubbed the Fifth Beatle due to his work with the Fab Four, passed away on 8 March (16) aged 90, and he was laid to rest in a private family funeral in Wiltshire, England not long after.
George's celebrity friends got the opportunity to pay their respects and say farewell at a memorial service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square, London on Wednesday.
More than 600 mourners attended the service to celebrate George, including Paul, his fashion designer daughter Stella, Elton and singer James Bay. John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono was reportedly in the congregation too.
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The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney are set to rock on at this year's (16) Desert Trip festival in California after organisers added a second weekend.
The acts will now play on 14-16 October (16), as well as the previously announced weekend (07-09Oct16).
Sources claim all the performances will start after sunset, and each act will get the chance to perform a full set.
Hey Jude has become the first Beatles song licensed for use in China.
Film bosses at Beijing Enlight Media reportedly paid a six-figure sum to score the rights to the 1968 tune.
Sony/ATV senior vice president Esther Friedman tells Billboard that executives were impressed with the idea behind the film - about school friends falling in love, and felt the project was "perfect for The Beatles".
Madonna posted another emotional tribute to Prince on Thursday (05May16).
The Kiss singer/songwriter had grown close to Madonna during the 1980s as they both shot to superstardom, collaborating on two tracks for the Queen of Pop's 1989 release, Like a Prayer.
Following the singer's untimely death in April (16), Madonna shared a touching message on her Instagram, and it appears she's still struggling to come to terms with his passing.
On Thursday, Madonna shared a picture of the singer in his prime, altering the lyrics of Nothing Compares 2 U, the track he wrote for Sinead O'Connor, to mark the time since his death.
Continue reading: Madonna Remembers Prince In Another Emotional Post
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