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Paul McCartney

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Born: June 18, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Liverpool, England, GB Profession: Music ...


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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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