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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.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Liam Gallagher's Margarita Misunderstanding Is The Best Paul McCartney Anecdote Ever


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Say what you like about Liam Gallagher, but you can't accuse him of taking himself too seriously. He has recently opened up about the last time he bumped into Sir Paul McCartney, when he was left slightly red-faced after a misunderstanding regarding pizza. It's one of his more amusing anecdotes.

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The former Oasis frontman is a big fan of the Beatles, and while he has in the past claimed that he's a bigger fan of the late John Lennon than of Paul McCartney, he can't deny he's still very fond of the 75-year-old musician, even if he is occasionally a little blunt with him.

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Bruce Springsteen Pays Tribute To Tom Petty


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Bruce Springsteen has paid tribute to his ''long lost brother'' Tom Petty.

The 'Born To Run' hitmaker has been left ''heartbroken'' after the loss of his pal - who passed away on Monday (02.10.17) aged 66 after having his life support turned off following a cardiac arrest - and admitted he always felt a ''deep kinship'' with his music.

He wrote on Twitter: ''Down here on E Street, we're devastated and heartbroken over the death of Tom Petty. Our hearts go out to his family and bandmates.

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Paul McCartney Joined By Billy Joel


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Sir Paul McCartney was joined on stage by Billy Joel at his New York concert.

The Beatles legend invited the 'Piano Man' hitmaker on stage at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on Tuesday (26.09.17) to perform two classic tracks by his former band, 'Get Back', which is from the album 'Let It Be', and 'The White Album's 'Birthday'.

Billy played electric piano on the tracks, and Paul dedicated 'Birthday' to the entire audience.

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Paul McCartney Releases Jimmy Fallon And The Roots Version Of 'Wonderful Christmastime'


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We know it's a bit early yet, but Paul McCartney has teamed up with The Roots and Jimmy Fallon for an epic rendition of 'Wonderful Christmastime' and now we can't wait until Winter. It's not the first time he has brought Christmas spirit to 'The Tonight Show', but this time it will be immortalised in the studio.

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The 75-year-old musician performed his 1980 festive classic with the 'The Tonight Show' house band as he gears up to launch his latest yuletide compilation 'Holidays Rule, Vol. 2' this Fall. The version featuring The Roots' a cappella instrumental and Paul and Jimmy on lead vocals will be the one on the album, a year after he first teamed up with them alongside the cast of 'Sing'.

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Sir Paul McCartney's New Song About Donald Trump


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Sir Paul McCartney's new album will feature a song about President Donald Trump.

The 75-year-old rocker reportedly told a group of students during his visit to Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts last week that he's written a track, which will feature on his next LP, about the new US leader and the current state of the country.

According to the Liverpool Echo newspaper, he said: ''Sometimes the situation in the world is so crazy, that you've got to address it.''

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Paul McCartney Reaches Deal With Sony Over Beatles Songs Publishing Rights


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After a long-running legal wrangle, Sir Paul McCartney and Sony have finally reached a deal regarding the ownership of publishing rights to The Beatles’ back catalogue, settling what had looked like a case that was going to shake the music industry to its foundations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The 75 year old star had gone to a U.S. court and sued Sony/ATV in an attempt to regain the publishing rights to 267 of the Fab Four’s classic tracks.

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Sir Paul McCartney's Song Blackbird Fills Stella With Nostalgia


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Sir Paul McCartney's song 'Blackbird' reminds his daughter Stella of ''freedom'' and family.

The 45-year-old fashion designer is proud of her 75-year-old father for creating the track in 1991, which features on The Beatles 1968 album, and has revealed the single will forever remind her of her youth and feeling free spirited as a child.

Speaking about the track and her parent's success in BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, the creative mastermind said: ''[it is] incredible how contemporary the song feels.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Review

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Subtitled Salazar's Revenge in the UK, this fifth film in the long-running series never quite gets its sea legs. With a waterlogged script and a startlingly murky production design, this is the first movie in the franchise that lacks a sense of swashbuckling merriment. It's lively enough to keep the audience watching, but it never quite makes any sense because any sensible details are lost amid the chaotic action sequences.

It opens with Henry (Brenton Thwaites), son of franchise veterans Will and Elizabeth (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley in cameos), who is on a quest to free his father from his watery imprisonment. For this he needs Poseidon's trident, which only Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) can find with his magical compass. Except that Jack has swapped the compass to buy some whiskey. Then Will meets the feisty Carina (Kaya Scodelario), who's star-reading skills will come in handy. But the vengeful Salazar (Javier Bardem) is also after the compass and the trident, hoping to reverse his own ghostly curse. And as things heat up, Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) dives into the pursuit as well.

What follows is a series of set-pieces in which these various factions scuffle for control of people and artefacts that can lead them in their quests for power. They all talk incessantly about the elaborately complex mythology, but it never makes any sense why each person knows only fragments of the lore. And it's also not easy to hear what they're shouting amid the general chaos of yet another epically choreographed fight scene. Thankfully, the actors are hammy enough to stand out from the sea of digital effects that fill the screen.

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Frances Was Nervous Working With Greg Kurstin


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Frances found it nerve-wracking going into the studio with Adele's producer Greg Kurstin.

The 24-year-old rising star - whose real name is Sophie Frances Cooke - jumped straight into working the renowned producer shortly after he spent time with the 28-year-old songstress getting her chart-topping single 'Hello' together.

The flame-haired beauty, who had hits 'Gravity' and 'Don't Worry About Me', was aware of how prestigious the 47-year-old songwriter is and so she decided to go in with an idea in mind for her track.

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Pirates Of The Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Salazar's Revenge) - Featurette and Trailer


It seems Captain Jack Sparrow has been sailing the seas as a pirate for many, many years, and in that time he's made a lot of enemies. As a young trouble-maker, he damned a pirate-hating adversary and his crew to a seabound immortality - and now Captain Salazar has returned to exact his revenge. Panic is afoot when it becomes clear that Captain Salazar has escaped his eternal torment at the bottom of the Devil's Triangle, and as much as Jack loves an adventure almost as much as he loves rum, this time he could truly be out of his depth. It will take more than his trusty compass to help him this time, but thankfully he has the help of a new headstrong maiden named Carina Smyth who happens to be a skilled astronomer, plus the return of his old friend Will Turner. Together they must uncover the Trident of Poseidon before Salazar does, and send the enemy back to their watery graves.

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Sir Paul McCartney at the pre-cocktail party and screening for - 'This Beautiful Fantastic' held at SVA Theatre, New York, United States - Monday 19th December 2016

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Nancy Shevell and Sir Paul Mccartney
Nancy Shevell and Sir Paul Mccartney
Nancy Shevell and Sir Paul Mccartney

Sir Paul McCartney performs on the second day of the second weekend at the 2016 Desert Trip Festival, Indio, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 15th October 2016

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Ringo Starr (left) and Sir Paul McCartney attending the world premiere of 'The Beatles: Eight Days A Week - The Touring Years' at Odeon Leicester Square, United Kingdom - Thursday 15th September 2016

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Ringo Starr and Paul Mccartney
Ringo Starr and Paul Mccartney
Ringo Starr and Paul Mccartney

Paul McCartney and Ringo Star pose together at the 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week' World Premiere held at Leicester Square, London, United Kingdom - Thursday 15th September 2016

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Ringo Starr and Paul Mccartney
Ringo Starr and Paul Mccartney
Ringo Starr and Paul Mccartney
Ringo Starr and Paul Mccartney

Paul McCartney - London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 - Celebrity Sightings - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th September 2014

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Sir Paul McCartney

Date of birth

18th June, 1942

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.80






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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Movie Review

Subtitled Salazar's Revenge in the UK, this fifth film in the long-running series never quite...

Pirates Of The Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Salazar's Revenge) Featurette and Trailer

Pirates Of The Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (Salazar's Revenge) Featurette and Trailer

It seems Captain Jack Sparrow has been sailing the seas as a pirate for many,...

Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer

Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer

Forget Davy Jones' Locker and the Fountain of Youth, Captain Jack Sparrow is on an...

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Trailer

Jack Sparrow finds himself in constant trouble with the law; not only is his name...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

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In 1962 The Beatles were signed to a management deal with a local record shop...

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