Raised in Liverpool, England
Met George Harrison; pair rode same school bus
Introduced to John Lennon; invited to join Lennon's band The Quarrymen
George Harrison invited to join The Quarrymen
The Quarrymen performed at Casbah, a coffehouse owned by Pete Best's mother
The Quarrymen renamed Long John and the Silver Beatles; toured Scotland and then played Hamburg, Germany where it's discovered Harrison was underage
Brian Epstein becomes the Beatles' manager
Played bass, guitar, sang and composed for The Beatles
Pete Best replaced by Ringo Starr as the band's drummer
Film acting debut in "A Hard Day's Night"; also wrote songs and performed them on soundtrack
Appeared in (also co-wrote and directed) Beatles special "Magical Mystery Tour"
Formed business partnership Apple Corps
Filed lawsuit to formally dissolve the group The Beatles; suit settled in March 1971
Released first solo album <i>McCartney</i>
Executive produced Beatles film "Let It Be"; also contributed songs and acted; shared Oscar for Best Adapted Score
Formed new group, Wings
With wife Linda, charged with drug possession; later fined for growing cannabis on his Scotish farm
Composed theme song for James Bond feature "Live and Let Die"
Arrested in Tokyo for marijuana possession
Scripted, acted in, performed own songs and composed and arranged music for feature "Give My Regards to Broad Street"
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
Debuted first classical composition "Liverpool Oratorio" in Liverpool, England; concert film "Paul McCartney's Get Back" released
Appeared on "The Beatles Anthology" (ABC); premiered second classical work "The Leaf"
Made the documentary short "Grateful Dead - A Photofilm"; served as director and supervising editor
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Performed solo concert at the Cavern Club in Liverpool where the Beatles first played
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
Wrote the title song for the feature "Vanilla Sky"; garnered a Best Original Song Academy Award nomination
Toured America in support of his album <i>Driving Rain</i>
Received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Collaboration with Eric Clapton
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"
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
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
Earned a Grammy nomination for the song "Helter Skelter" from the album <i>Good Evening New York City</i>