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Also Known As: James Paul Mccartney, Paul Mccartney Died:
Born: June 18, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB Profession: musician, composer, singer, music arranger, actor, screenwriter, editor, director

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on bravely, asking fans to remember her by contributing to cancer research charities or by exploring veganism. Truth being told, behind closed doors, the usually unshakable optimist was utterly devastated; enough that close friends like Harrison and Starr worried about their former bandmate's emotional well-being or whether he could ever bounce back from the loss. Not surprisingly, as the century turned, McCartney found solace in his music. He collaborated with his daughter Mary on the documentary "Wingspan: An Intimate Portrait" (2001), which gave a behind-the-scenes look at their family and the band during its most productive period of the 1970s. He also helped to organize the Concert for New York City after the attack on the city in September 2001, having witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center from an airplane in New York. Suffering a personal loss yet again, he spoke extensively about the premature death of his friend and bandmate, George Harrison from cancer that same year. Although the two had sometimes endured an acrimonious relationship through the years, Macca was truly devastated by the loss of now a second Beatle, and the one he had known the longest; often regarding him as a...

on bravely, asking fans to remember her by contributing to cancer research charities or by exploring veganism. Truth being told, behind closed doors, the usually unshakable optimist was utterly devastated; enough that close friends like Harrison and Starr worried about their former bandmate's emotional well-being or whether he could ever bounce back from the loss. Not surprisingly, as the century turned, McCartney found solace in his music. He collaborated with his daughter Mary on the documentary "Wingspan: An Intimate Portrait" (2001), which gave a behind-the-scenes look at their family and the band during its most productive period of the 1970s. He also helped to organize the Concert for New York City after the attack on the city in September 2001, having witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center from an airplane in New York. Suffering a personal loss yet again, he spoke extensively about the premature death of his friend and bandmate, George Harrison from cancer that same year. Although the two had sometimes endured an acrimonious relationship through the years, Macca was truly devastated by the loss of now a second Beatle, and the one he had known the longest; often regarding him as a younger brother. That same year, McCartney also published a book of poems, Blackbird Singing, which featured many of the lyrics he wrote with Lennon, and presented his paintings (a hobby he began in 1983) in Germany and the U.K. to considerable acclaim.

But perhaps the biggest comfort in McCartney's life was Heather Mills, a London-based model and human rights activist â¿¿ particularly against landmines â¿¿ who had herself lost one of her legs following being run down by a motorcycle. The pair met while she was engaged to another man. Not surprisingly, the much younger Mills called off this marriage just days before the wedding to be with McCartney, lending itself to accusations that she just might be a "gold digger." The new couple was married in 2002 to much press hullabaloo, amid rumors in the press that he and Linda's children despised their new stepmother. Regardless of a public reticence to accept Mills as legit â¿¿ not helped by the fact that there was no prenuptial agreement â¿¿ no one could deny that her presence in his life seemed to inspire some of McCartney's best work of the period, most notably the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe's movie "Vanilla Sky" (2001), which earned him an Academy Award nomination, and the 2002 album Driving Rain, which featured many romantic songs written for her. Though the album performed only moderately well, McCartney launched a massive tour that year, which was followed by performances at the 2002 Super Bowl and a 2003 concert in Russia's Red Square, topped off by a private concert for President Vladimir Putin. And the sixty-something singer became a new father again when his daughter, Beatrice Milly McCartney, was born in 2003.

But his newfound happiness with Mills would be short-lived. The couple announced that they would separate in 2006, and McCartney himself filed for divorce soon after, citing "unreasonable behavior." A firestorm of negative press sprung up in its wake, mostly targeting Mills for her possible ulterior motives in marrying such an older man. She countered with threats of legal action against various U.K. newspapers and vowed to fight the divorce proceedings in the U.K. and U.S. As wild speculation about McCartney's alleged abuse of Mills and her affair with a personal trainer muddied the press, the couple eventually settled on a payment of $32 million pounds in cash and property from McCartney to Mills. In the wake of so much ugly publicity, McCartney buried himself in his first love: music. His 2005 album, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard â¿¿ made before the official split but no doubt informed by the dissolving relationship â¿¿ was produced by Radiohead and Beck collaborator Nigel Godrich, resulting in a No. 6 album position and a Grammy nomination for the song "Jenny Wren." The following year, McCartney left his longtime label home at EMI Records to sign with Hear Music, a new label under the umbrella of the Starbucks coffee chain, and released the album Memory Almost Full, which debuted at No. 3 in early 2007; his highest chart position since Flaming Pie. Though the album featured songs dedicated to Heather Mills, rumors swirled that the title was an anagram for the phrase "for my soulmate LLM" (Linda Louise McCartney, allegedly). McCartney remained mum on that particular subject as his divorce battles continued to make news, choosing instead to focus on promoting its successful single, "Dance Tonight," which was released on his 65th birthday and was the subject of a popular iTunes commercial and a video directed by Michel Gondry and featuring Natalie Portman.

That same year, the two remaining Beatles and their spouses came together in the "Revolution Lounge" in the Mirage Casino in Las Vegas. The bar, which celebrated all things Beatles, was an offshoot of the popularity of the Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show "Love," which was built around Beatles songs that had been reworked by George Martin for its successful opening at the Mirage in June 2006. And audiences heard 33 classic McCartney collaborations with John Lennon in Julie Taymor's surreal "Across the Universe" (2007), a film about love and counterculture that featured numerous Beatles songs and drew its inspiration from their characters in lyrics. In 2007, McCartney released Memory Almost Full on Starbucks' Hear Music record label, proving his ongoing appeal by debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard album charts. The music icon earned four Grammy nominations for Memory and the following year, racked up another two for Amoeba's Secret, an EP recorded live during an in-store appearance at the Los Angeles landmark retailer, Amoeba Music.

McCartney was back on the awards scene in 2009 when "I Want to Come Home," his contribution to the holiday dramedy "Everybody's Fine" starring Robert De Niro and Drew Barrymore, earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. Also that year, he returned to touring following a four-year break while The Beatles earned a new generation of fans with the release of the video game The Beatles: Rock Band for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox. The release coincided with a massive box set compilation of remastered stereo recordings of every Beatles album. Both the game and the box set sold millions of copies each across the world. Meanwhile, McCartney finally found some personal satisfaction when he married native New Yorker Nancy Shevell, vice president of the family owned transportation conglomerate New England Motor Freight, in 2011 after dating for four years. While continuing to sell out major arenas, including two marathon concerts at the new Yankee Stadium in 2011, he made appearances at major events, including closing Queen Elizabethâ¿¿s Diamond Jubilee Concert in June 2012 and also closing the 12-12-12 Concert for Hurricane Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden by playing to great fan buzz with the surviving members of Nirvana: Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, essentially standing in for the bandâ¿¿s late frontman, Kurt Cobain. He also contributed an appearance and an original song written with Nirvana called "Cut Me Some Slack" to Grohlâ¿¿s feature documentary on the legendary recording studio "Sound City" (2013). McCartney's sixteenth solo album, New, followed later the same year. In 2014, McCartney composed the score for the video game Destiny, including the single "Hope for the Future."

oll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 1999, and was knighted that same year. But all of the acclaim and attention was muted by Linda McCartney's shocking death from breast cancer in 1998. Having slept apart from her a only a handful of times since first meeting some 30 years before, McCartney soldieredut during a da

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 All Together Now (2008)
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 Concert For George (2003) Himself
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 Get Back (1991) Himself
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 Imagine: John Lennon (1988) Himself
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Raised in Liverpool, England
1953:
Met George Harrison; pair rode same school bus
1957:
Introduced to John Lennon; invited to join Lennon's band The Quarrymen
1958:
George Harrison invited to join The Quarrymen
1959:
The Quarrymen performed at Casbah, a coffehouse owned by Pete Best's mother
1960:
The Quarrymen renamed Long John and the Silver Beatles; toured Scotland and then played Hamburg, Germany where it's discovered Harrison was underage
1961:
Brian Epstein becomes the Beatles' manager
1962:
Played bass, guitar, sang and composed for The Beatles
1962:
Pete Best replaced by Ringo Starr as the band's drummer
1964:
Film acting debut in "A Hard Day's Night"; also wrote songs and performed them on soundtrack
1967:
Appeared in (also co-wrote and directed) Beatles special "Magical Mystery Tour"
1968:
Formed business partnership Apple Corps
1970:
Filed lawsuit to formally dissolve the group The Beatles; suit settled in March 1971
1970:
Released first solo album <i>McCartney</i>
1970:
Executive produced Beatles film "Let It Be"; also contributed songs and acted; shared Oscar for Best Adapted Score
1971:
Formed new group, Wings
1972:
With wife Linda, charged with drug possession; later fined for growing cannabis on his Scotish farm
1973:
Composed theme song for James Bond feature "Live and Let Die"
1980:
Arrested in Tokyo for marijuana possession
1984:
Scripted, acted in, performed own songs and composed and arranged music for feature "Give My Regards to Broad Street"
1985:
Michael Jackson bought publishing rights to many Beatles songs; McCartney sued for royalties by ex-Beatles George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and the late John Lennon's wife Yoko Ono
1991:
Debuted first classical composition "Liverpool Oratorio" in Liverpool, England; concert film "Paul McCartney's Get Back" released
1995:
Appeared on "The Beatles Anthology" (ABC); premiered second classical work "The Leaf"
1995:
Made the documentary short "Grateful Dead - A Photofilm"; served as director and supervising editor
1996:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1999:
Performed solo concert at the Cavern Club in Liverpool where the Beatles first played
2001:
In conjunction with release of album <i>Wingspan</i>, co-executive produced and starred in the ABC documentary of the same name that profiled his life with his late wife Linda
2001:
Wrote the title song for the feature "Vanilla Sky"; garnered a Best Original Song Academy Award nomination
2002:
Toured America in support of his album <i>Driving Rain</i>
2004:
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Eric Clapton
2005:
Released the album, <i>Chaos and Creation in The Backyard</i>, which earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for the single "Jenny Wren"
2007:
Became the first artist signed to Starbucks Corp.'s new record label, the Los Angeles-based Hear Music; first album released <i>Memory Almost Full</i>; earned three Grammy nominations
2009:
Wrote the music and lyrics for "I Want to Come Home" from the feature film, "Everybody's Fine"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song
2010:
Earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Helter Skelter" from the album <i>Good Evening New York City</i>
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Notes

There is a Web site devoted to him at www.paulmccartney.com

A hard-headed businessman, McCartney has made a fortune as a music publisher, and outraged many (including, eventually, himself) by selling publishing rights of many Beatles songs to Michael Jackson in 1985. That same year, the ex-Beatles sued McCartney for royalties.

McCartney and his wife, Linda, were vocal in vegetarian and environmental causes and marketed their own frozen vegetable entrees worldwide.

"People will keep thinking about a Beatles reunion until we're dead. And THEN they'll probably hope for a reunion. They'll offer us $2 million to reunite with Elvis." --Paul McCartney, quoted in Rolling Stone, June 15, 1989.

"I became the bad guy ... But I don't want to spend my life justifying myself. I'm quite clear about who I am, and I reckon I'm OK. It's marvelous, really, the impression [people] have of me. It's like it's more than me. I'm not that big. I'm kind of this kid from the sticks. This isn't false modesty, but I am really just this kid from Liverpool. I was very, very lucky, and I worked very hard, so that's brought money and fame. And this shit is the price of fame." --Paul McCartney, quoted in Rolling Stone, June 15, 1989.

"This was one of the best things about Lennon and McCartney, the competitive element within the team. It was great. But hard to live with. It was hard to live with. It was probably one of the reasons why teams almost have to burn out. And, of course, in finding a strong woman like Yoko, John changed.

"... Yeah, I think that probably is the biggest criticism, that John stopped being himself. I used to bitch at him for that. On the phone with me in the later years, he'd get very New York if we were arguing. New York accnt "Awright, goddamn it!" I called him Kojak once, because he was really laying New York street hip on me. Oh, come off it! But, through all of that, I do think he was always a man for fresh horizons. ..." --McCartney on the breakup of the Beatles, quoted in a 1984 Playboy interview.

"You know, when we started with the Lennon-McCartney thing, you know, 50-50 with a handshake, it was like a Rodgers and Hammerstein trip. For me it was, anyway. That romantic image of collaboration, all those films about. New York songwriters plugging away at the piano--'We'll call it Alligator Symphomy; what a great idea!'--and they all go to California and get drunk. That always appealed to me, that image. Lennon and McCartney were to become the Rodgers and Hammerstein of the Sixties; that's the way that dream went." --Paul McCartney in a 1984 Playboy interview.

McCartney won an additional five Grammy Awards and an Oscar shared by The Beatles.

He was named to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 as a member of the Beatles.

Received a honorary degree from the University of Sussex, Brighton in 1988.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 as a solo artist.

McCartney is the subject of 177 Beatles books and 23 solo biographes (Source: Entertainment Weekly, November 17, 1995.)

In May 2000, named a fellow of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters.

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companion:
Jane Asher. Actor. Had relationship in the mid-1960s; announced engagement in 1967; separated.
wife:
Linda Eastman. Photographer, musical performer, food entrepreneur. Born on September 24, 1941; frequently performed with McCartney; married on March 12, 1969; diagonsed with breast cancer c. 1995; died on April 17, 1998.
wife:
Heather Mills. Activist, former model. Born c. 1967; activist for the disabled; lost left leg in 1993 motorcycle accident; announced engagement on July 26, 2001; married on June 11, 2002 on the remote Castle Leslie estate in Ireland.

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father:
James McCartney. Leader of Jim Mac Jazz Band in 1920s; remarried after wife's 1956 death; died in the 1970s.
mother:
Mary Patricia McCartney. Died of breast cancer on October 31, 1956.
step-mother:
Angie McCartney. Had daughter from previous marriage.
brother:
Michael McCartney. Photographer. Born c. 1944.
sister:
Ruth McCartney. Singer. Adopted by McCartney's father; mother is James McCartney's second wife.
step-daughter:
Heather McCartney. Born in 1963.
daughter:
Mary McCartney. Producer. Born in 1969; married TV producer Alistair Donald on September 26, 1998.
daughter:
Stella McCartney. Fashion designer. Born in 1971.
son:
James McCartney. Born in 1977.
daughter:
Beatrice Milly McCartney. Born October 28, 2003.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"McCartney"
"McCartney: Yesterday ... and Today"
"McCartney, Songwriter"
"Paul McCartney"
"Lennon and McCartney"
"Paul McCartney: Behind the Myth"
"Paul McCartney: The Definitive Biography"
"Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney"
"Yesterday: The Unauthorized Biography of Paul McCartney"
"Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now"
"Paul McCartney: In His Own Words"
"Paul McCartney Paintings" Bullfinch Press
"Paul McCartney: I Saw Him Standing There" Watson-Guptill Publications
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