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Also Known As: James Paul Mccartney, Paul Mccartney, Sir Paul Cartney 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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The most successful composer and recording artist of all time, Sir Paul McCartney was a founding member of rock-n-roll's most iconic band, The Beatles, and along with fellow bandmate John Lennon was part of the most celebrated songwriting partnership in rock history. With an innate knack for beautiful, complex melodies, powerful vocals and a unique bass-playing style, his music struck emotional chords that transcended generations with songs like "Hey Jude," "Eleanor Rigby," "Let It Be" and "Yesterday," the latter being the most covered song in music history. Taking command as The Beatles' de facto music director in the late-1960s, McCartney steered the band through its most creative phase that included iconic albums like Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The White Album (1968) and Abbey Road (1969). Following their acrimonious split in 1970, McCartney embarked on the most successful solo career of the four members, starting with Wings, which he formed with first wife Linda McCartney, producing numerous hit singles throughout the 1970s, including "Band on the Run," "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Live and Let Die." Suffering the losses of Lennon to a bullet in 1980, Linda to...

The most successful composer and recording artist of all time, Sir Paul McCartney was a founding member of rock-n-roll's most iconic band, The Beatles, and along with fellow bandmate John Lennon was part of the most celebrated songwriting partnership in rock history. With an innate knack for beautiful, complex melodies, powerful vocals and a unique bass-playing style, his music struck emotional chords that transcended generations with songs like "Hey Jude," "Eleanor Rigby," "Let It Be" and "Yesterday," the latter being the most covered song in music history. Taking command as The Beatles' de facto music director in the late-1960s, McCartney steered the band through its most creative phase that included iconic albums like Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The White Album (1968) and Abbey Road (1969). Following their acrimonious split in 1970, McCartney embarked on the most successful solo career of the four members, starting with Wings, which he formed with first wife Linda McCartney, producing numerous hit singles throughout the 1970s, including "Band on the Run," "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Live and Let Die." Suffering the losses of Lennon to a bullet in 1980, Linda to breast cancer in 1998 and George Harrison to cancer in 2001, McCartney single-handedly carried The Beatles torch and continued his solo success with Flaming Pie (1997) and Memory Almost Full (2007). Though he suffered public embarrassment with his tumultuous marriage to model Heather Mills, McCartney maintained his stature as the most popular and successful member of The Beatles.

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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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 Eat the Rich (1987) 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 recording studio Apple Corps
1970:
Filed lawsuit to formally dissolve the group The Beatles; suit settled in March 1971
1970:
Contributed song "Come and Get It" to feature film "The Magic Christian"
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 music for 007 feature "Live and Let Die"
1976:
Produced feature "Empty Hand" and created abstract percussion music; concert film "Wings Over America" made (released in 1981)
1978:
Produced animated film "The Oriental Nightfish"
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
1988:
Narrated BBC documentary "The Power of Music"
1991:
Debuted first classical composition "Liverpool Oratorio" in Liverpool, England; concert film "Paul McCartney's Get Back" released
1993:
His controversial protest song "Bad Boys Bickering" banned from MTV for obscenity
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:
Lent his voice to the animated short "Tuesday"
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
2008:
Earned two Grammy nominations for his album <i>Amoeba's Secret</i>
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.

Family close complete family listing

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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