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.
Forget Davy Jones' Locker and the Fountain of Youth, Captain Jack Sparrow is on an all new quest as he embarks on the hunt for the fabled trident of Poseidon. It may sound like he's set his sights far too high this time, but he's never failed the crew of the Black Pearl yet - and he really could do with a windfall right about now. To make matters worse, Capitan Salazar is back from the Devil's Triangle with his ghostly crew, and the trident is his only hope of stopping them. This time he's got the help of his old friend Will Turner, who is apparently free of his binding contract with The Flying Dutchman.
McCartney is hoping to reclaim publishing rights to over 200 Beatles tracks he co-wrote with John Lennon
In what is hotting up to be one of the most significant music industry legal battles in recent memory, Sir Paul McCartney has filed a lawsuit against Sony ATV hoping to regain his copyright share of hundreds of songs he co-wrote as a member of The Beatles.
McCartney, 74, filed the suit in a federal court in New York on Wednesday (January 18th), and he is seeking a declaratory judgment that he will soon start to regain the ownership rights of more than 200 tracks he co-wrote with John Lennon between 1962 and 1971, starting from 2018.
Paul McCartney is suing Sony over publishing rights to The Beatles' songs
A festive treat from the cast of 'Sing' and 'The Tonight Show'
Paul McCartney joined Jimmy Fallon and the cast of the animated film 'Sing' for an excellent a cappella rendition of his 1979 holiday hit 'Wonderful Christmastime'. The video was aired on 'The Tonight Show' featuring each musician singing along in the usual 3 by 3 coloured boxes.
Paul McCartney does 'Wonderful Christmastime' a cappella
To celebrate the holidays, Jimmy Fallon unveiled an a cappella Christmas special for his talk show. House band The Roots featuring Questlove took on the instrumental mimickry while the cast of 'Sing' - them being Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew McConaughey, Seth MacFarlane and Tori Kelly - sang the vocals, joined by Fallon and Sir Paul himself. We also got a glimpse of the CGI characters from the movie singing along.
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An artifact of their bitter post-Beatles feud is expected to fetch thousands.
A scolding letter written by John Lennon to Linda and Paul McCartney is expected to fetch upwards of $20,000 at auction in Boston, Massachusetts, though it's not clear who the seller is. The closing bid will take place on Thursday (November 17th 2016).
Paul McCartney gets scolded by John Lennon in historic letter
The letter consists of two pages written both by hand and on a typewriter with a Bag Productions Inc. letterhead, and is an intimate reflection of the acrimony between the two Beatles and McCartney's wife in the wake of the bands split. It's estimated to have been written around 1971; two years after his marriage to Yoko Ono and a year after the Beatles disbanded.
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RiRi joined the former Beatles legend onstage to perform their 2015 collaboration 'FourFiveSeconds' at 'Oldchella' over the weekend.
The Barbadian-born pop megastar took to the stage during McCartney’s headline slot on Saturday (October 15th) at the Desert Trip festival in Indio, California – a gathering that also included Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who and The Rolling Stones and has been dubbed ‘Oldchella’.
McCartney played the 'Oldchella' Desert Trip festival over the weekend
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New trailer released today.
The trailer for 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales' has arrived, and for those who don't already know there are a few exciting new cast additions. Former Beatle Paul McCartney will make a cameo in the movie, filling the outsize boots of Keith Richards.
Javier Bardem plays Captain Salazar in POTC 5
Oscar winning Paul McCartney is set to cement himself as an actor in an as yet undisclosed character. It makes for an interesting addition, that no doubt came from the success the franchise had with Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones playing Sparrow's father Captain Edward Teague. Unfortunately, we don't get a first look at McCartney in the new trailer, but we do see some other major new additions.
A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which offers an inside look at Beatlemania, the three years when the best pop band in history toured the world. The messy title is a hint as to how compromised this film is: it's not a proper journalistic look at the band, but rather an approved portrait with the rough edges removed. But with its never-seen footage and lots of great music, it can't help but be hugely entertaining.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr spent years developing their sound before they hit the big time. And when they set off on their first tour in 1963, things immediately went crazy, with unprecedented displays of fan adoration. Fans couldn't get enough of these cheeky young guys from Liverpool, and their irreverent antics during interviews further endeared them to their audience. As they embarked on their first major tour of America, young journalist Larry Kane was sent to accompany them. Initially annoyed at this fluffy assignment, Kane was won over by their talent and the way they stood up to segregation laws in the South. But by 1966, they found that playing concerts in stadiums was simply too exhausting (they couldn't hear themselves above the screaming), so they abruptly stopped performing in public. The rest of their career took place in the studio.
All of this is recounted in a terrific range of home movies, archive footage, snapshots and interviews from the time, plus present-day recollections from Paul and Ringo. Added to this are interviews with celebrities who as children saw them perform, artists who worked with them and historians who examine their talent and impact. With access to this kind of material and a skilled editing team, Howard creates a film that's energetically gripping, offering a perspective on the Beatles that we may not have seen before.
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In 1962 The Beatles were signed to a management deal with a local record shop owner called Brian Epstein after he heard the band playing at their local venue, The Cavern Club, this was the first step in a series of events that soon saw the four lads from Merseyside become the biggest phenomenon the world had ever seen.
Once George Martin signed the band to Parlophone Records, it didn't take long for them to make their first visit to Abbey Road Studios and once they found themselves a permanent drummer in the form of Ringo Starr, the band had a number of possible singles recorded with the likes of 'Love Me Do' and 'Please Please Me', as good as the songs were, their reputation was still unknown and their first single peaked on the singles chart at #17. Their first number one came about after re-recording 'Please Please Me' at a faster tempo and the band began to make TV appearances. The clean shaven boys had style and an edgy quality that attracted young girls and their music was good enough that boys liked them too.
Thousands of fans followed them wherever they went and it lead to the band touring and promoting themselves and their music continually.
The 73 year old is trying to get control of his share of The Beatles' catalogue's US publishing rights, after the Michael Jackson estate sold its rights back to Sony/ATV Music.
Sir Paul McCartney has launched a bid to regain control of his share of The Beatles’ catalogue’s US publishing rights from Sony / ATV Music Publishing. Although he co-wrote the majority of the legendary band’s hits, McCartney has never actually controlled the publishing.
The US Copyright Act of 1976 allows living artists to apply to regain control of publishing rights 56 years after the material is first published. This means that the earliest songs in The Beatles’ catalogue become available in 2018.
According to Billboard, the 73 year old singer filed papers on 15th December 2015 with the US Copyright Office, requesting a termination notice for 32 songs. Most of these date from 1962-1964, though a handful date from much later, such as ‘Come Together’ which won’t be available until 2025.
Tributes having been coming in from all over the world, honouring the memory of David Bowie.
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.
David Bowie, 1947-2016
Date of birth
18th June, 1942
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