Musician

Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Born:

Paul McCartney who is English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer born on 18 June 1942, In England

Family Background:

He is the son of James McCartney and his wife Mary Patricia McCartney. His father was a cotton salesman and jazz pianist with a local band and his mother was a midwife. He has one younger brother.

Personal Life:

In 1969, He married Linda Eastman. He had adopted Linda’s daughter from a previous relationship and went on to have three more children. They remained married until Linda’s death from breast cancer in 1998. In 2002, He married Heather Mills, a former model. But their marriage did not last long. They divorced in 2008. In 2011, He married New Yorker Nancy Shevell.

Education:

He had attended the Stockton Wood Road Primary School where He met and befriended George Harrison. Later he had attended the Liverpool Institute, a grammar school rather than a secondary modern school.

Career:

As a teenager, He met John Lennon at a church festival. Since John too had lost his mother at a young age, The two boys had been bonded quickly and became friends. John had a band called the ‘Quarrymen’ and invited Paul to join the band. Over the next few years, the band adopted the name, ‘The Beatles’. It also saw many changes in the personnel and by 1962, He lineup consisted of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The band’s first single had, “Love Me Do”, which was mostly written by Paul McCartney in collaboration with Lennon was released in 1962. The single became a hit and the Beatles became very popular. In 1965 the group had released their album named, “Help!” which produced the hit single “Yesterday” written by Paul McCartney. The song went on to become one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music with more than 2,200 cover versions. In 1971, he along with his wife Linda McCartney, session drummer Denny Seiwell, and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine formed the rock band “Paul McCartney and Wings”. Paul McCartney and Wings published numerous albums over the next decade such as “Red Rose Speedway”, “Band on the Ru”, “Venus and Mars”, “Wings at the Speed of Sound”, and “Back to the Egg”. The group dismissed in 1981 following disagreements over royalties and salaries. He took a break from his solo career to work on ‘The Beatles Anthology’, a documentary TV series, a three-volume set of double albums, and a book focusing on the history of The Beatles. All the three surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, participated in the making of the works.

Unknown Facts:

  • Paul played a role in the development of the Cat Scan.
  • Paul was baptized Catholic.

Master Stroke:

  • His debut studio album, ‘McCartney’, released in 1970 peaked at No. 1 position on the US Billboard 200 chart and remained there for three weeks; it reached No. 2 in Britain.

Awards And Achievements:

  • In 1997, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.
  • He received the Gershwin Prize for his contributions to popular music in 2010.
  • He received the French Légion d’Honneur for his services to music in 2012.

What can we learn from Him?

Like Paul McCartney, Respect your parents. Always be humble, be honest and live simple.

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