Sir Paul McCartney MBE (18.6.1942) Sir Paul McCartney is a British singer, songwriter and musician, famous for being a member of the hugely popular group The Beatles, who rose to fame in the 1960s.
Childhood: Paul McCartney was born to Mary and Jim McCartney in Liverpool. His mother died of an embolism after receiving treatment for breast cancer, in 1956.
In the 1920s, Jim McCartney had been the star of Jim Mac's Jazz Band and he encouraged Paul and his brother Mike to learn musical instruments as children. Jim originally bought Paul a trumpet to learn, but with the rise in popularity of skiffle music, Paul swapped the trumpet for an acoustic guitar.
Spotting a poster for a Slim Whitman gig, Paul McCartney realised that it was possible to play the guitar left-handed and so strung his guitar the opposite way to help him. He also learned the piano, on which he wrote 'When I'm Sixty-Four'.
Early Musical Life: When he was 15, Paul McCartney met John Lennon and The Quarrymen at a church fête. Paul's working class background initially caused Lennon's family to disapprove of their friendship. George Harrison later joined the band, as did Stuart Sutcliffe. They changed their name to The Silver Beetles and toured with Johnny Gentle.
The Beatles: In May 1960, The Beatles were managed by Allan Williams, who booked them a gig in Hamburg, earning themselves £2/10s a day. The drummer in these early days of the band was Pete Best. After some of the band were deported from Germany, the band regrouped in Liverpool, where they began playing at the now infamous Cavern Club. When Sutcliffe left the band, Paul McCartney took over on bass, somewhat reluctantly, and bought himself a Höfner 1962 500/1 left-handed bass guitar.
Brian Epstein saw the band play in November 1961 and offered to manage them. Neil Aspinall was nominated as their road manager, who drove them to a showcase in London for Decca Records, who rejected them. The band were on the cusp of signing a deal with Parlophone Records when Brian Epstein sacked Pete Best and replaced him with Ringo Starr (real name, Richard Starkey). The band's debut single was 'Love Me Do'.
The Beatles' debut album, Please Please Me was released in 1963. Paul McCartney also wrote a number of songs for other singers, including Mary Hopkin and Cilla Black. Whilst most of the band remained living in Liverpool, Paul McCartney lived with his girlfriend, Jane Asher, at her parents' house, near Abbey Road Studios.
In 1965, The Beatles received an MBE.
In 1966, Paul McCartney wrote the score for the film The Family Way, earning himself an Ivor Novello award for Best Instrumental Theme. He also continued to write for other artists, including Badfinger and The Bonzo Dog Do-Da Band.
The Beatles officially broke up in 1970, though John Lennon had announced his departure from the band in 1969. Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit in 1970, which ultimately disseminated the band. Shortly after this, McCartney's debut solo album was released, entitled McCartney. Linda McCartney was also involved in the recording of the album, something that Paul had insisted on, so that they would be able to stay together when he was on tour.
Ram, Paul McCartney's second solo album, was credited to Paul and Linda McCartney. Later that year, Paul McCartney formed the band Wings. The line-up of the band including Denny Laine on guitar and Denny Seiwell. Wings' debut album, Wild Life, was released in December 1971, followed by a tour of British universities in early 1972. Their single 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' was banned by the BBC. In the summer of 1972, the band embarked on the 26-date Wings Over Europe Tour.
In 1973, Wings released two albums, Red Rose Speedway and Band on the Run. In between these two album releases, Wings wrote the theme tune for the James Bond movie, Live and Let Die. The tune was produced by Sir George Martin, who also arranged the orchestral pieces in the song. Band on the Run won two Grammy Awards and featured the single 'Jet'.
In 1974, Paul McCartney and John Lennon recorded a jam session, which was later released as A Toot and a Snore in '74. McCartney also recorded an instrumental track that his father had written, entitled 'Walking In The Park With Eloise'. The recording featured Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer and the members of Wings.
Wings' next album, Venus and Mars was released in 1975. The singles 'Listen to What the Man Said' and 'Rock Show' were released from the album and the band then undertook the Wings Over The World tour. The single 'Mull of Kintyre' was released in 1977 and remained at the number one spot in the UK for nine weeks.
In Christmas 1979, Paul McCartney released the solo track 'Wonderful Christmas'. The following year, McCartney II, was released. Two very popular singles, 'Coming Up' and 'Waterfalls' were released from the album.
In 1982, McCartney worked with George Martin and Ringo Starr on his next album Tug of War. The lead single was a duet with Stevie Wonder named 'Ebony and Ivory'. McCartney also duetted with Michael Jackson on 'The Girl Is Mine', from Jackson's Thriller album. They also duetted on 'Say Say Say', from Paul McCartney's Pipes of Peace, release in 1983.
Paul then wrote and starred in the film Give My Regards to Broad Street, released in 1984. He also wrote 'We All Stand Together', from the cartoon film Rupert and the Frog Song.
In the late 1980s, Paul McCartney wrote a number of songs with Elvis Costello.
McCartney worked with a number of orchestras in the 1990s, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society. The Prince of Wales made McCartney a fellow of the Royal College of Music. He released a number of classical pieces, including 'A Leaf', 'Standing Stone', 'Working Classical' and 'Ecce Cor Meum'.
Flaming Pie was released in 1997 and received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year. That same year, he was knighted and dedicated the honour to his fellow Beatles and the people of Liverpool. Two years later, he released Run Devil Run.
A Garland For Linda was released in 2000 - a tribute to his late wife, Linda McCartney. The album raised funds for cancer patients.
McCartney's next album, Driving Rain, was inspired by his wife-to-be, Heather Mills.
In 2005, McCartney released the album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. Two years later, Paul signed a record deal with Starbucks' coffee group. He played a number of secret gigs in London, Los Angeles and New York. Among the celebrities in attendance were Kate Moss, Elijah Wood, and Whoopi Goldberg. To celebrate Liverpool's 'City of Culture', McCartney performed 'Band on the Run' with Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters.
Personal & Family Life: Following his high profile relationship with Jane Asher and his marriages to Linda Eastman and to Linda McCartney, Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills. Their relationship and subsequent divorce generated a huge amount of tabloid interest and their marriage.
Since 2007, Paul McCartney has been dating Nancy Shevell, a member of the board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Sir Paul's daughter, Stella McCartney is a high profile fashion designer.
Where does Billie place among the Bond theme greats?
With the recent premiere of the landmark 25th James Bond movie No Time To Die (and the last featuring the inimitable Daniel Craig) and the accompanying title theme by Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas, we thought we’d explore where exactly our youngest ever Bond theme performer ranks on the complete list of main title themes from the spy thrillers.
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25. Lulu - The Man With The Golden Gun
Film: The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
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Will it just mean yet more money being generated for the biggest acts as there are calls to reform streaming payments?
In a recent open letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, major players in the UK music industry, including Sir Mick Jagger, Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Tom Jones, have called for a major reform of the way that they, and their fellow musicians, are paid by streaming sites. They argue that, "the law has not kept up with the pace of technological change." It is true that streaming sites pay in a different way to how payments were and are calculated for radio air play, but does that mean that the payment is too small or that the way it is calculated needs to change?
It was recently reported by the BBC that, "On streaming services, labels retain the majority of the money - with the artist receiving about 13% on average, and session musicians receiving nothing." This compares to a radio payment model where "royalties are split evenly between the record label and the artists/songwriters, with a small portion going to session musicians and backing performers, a system known as equitable remuneration."
This year's Glastonbury Festival has been cancelled casting doubt on whether other festivals will be able to go ahead.
"With great regret, we must announce that this year's Glastonbury Festival will not take place," came the not altogether unexpected announcement from the Glastonbury organisers. For the second year in a row the biggest festival in the UK, and one of the biggest in the world, will now not take place. Michael and Emily Eavis communicated their decision to pull the plug on this years event via a Twitter post on Thursday 21st January.
With great regret, we must announce that this year’s Glastonbury Festival will not take place, and that this will be another enforced fallow year for us. Tickets for this year will roll over to next year. Full statement below and on our website. Michael & Emily pic.twitter.com/SlNdwA2tHd— Glastonbury Festival (@glastonbury) January 21, 2021
Looks like we need to learn basic humanity again.
It's amazing that we can live in a world that produces trending hashtags like #BeKind and #AllLivesMatter one minute, and then expresses outrage at an "invasion" of desperate migrants in dinghies the next. It's astounding that we are still fighting for equal rights for black people in 2020. And it's frankly incredible that everyday people are at each others throats about wearing face masks when people are still dying everyday from Covid-19.
It's time that we all took a look at ourselves and made the decision to be the best, most compassionate version of ourselves that we can be. Let our Be Kind playlist inspire you to be a friend to everyone.
1. You've Got A Friend In Me - Randy Newman
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McCartney told BBC Radio Scotland that he often dreams that The Beatles got back together.
For those music fans among you who have dreamed that The Beatles got back together, you’re not alone: Sir Paul McCartney, in fact, often imagines what it would be like if he could reform the Fab Four.
The 76 year old bassist and singer, speaking to BBC Radio Scotland for a new interview, revealed that he has reunited with his former bandmates in his dreams.
The segment, lasting three hours, is due to be broadcast on December 29th, but a preview snippet reveals that McCartney tells interviewer Billy Sloan that it would have been “great to get The Beatles back together again”, adding: “But we can’t, so sadly, that’s not going to happen.”
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Thieves broke into McCartney's multi-million pound mansion in St. John's Wood on December 7th.
Sir Paul McCartney’s London home has been targeted by thieves, just a matter of days before his hotly awaited homecoming gig in Liverpool.
Scotland Yard is investigating after the former Beatle’s £10 million mansion, located in St. John’s Wood in north-west London, was broken into a week ago on December 7th. While signs of forced entry were discovered when police arrived at the property at around 6:20pm, no arrests have been made and the investigation continues.
It’s not known if the 76 year old star or his wife Nancy Shevell were at home at the time of the break-in. He had performed in the Austrian capital of Vienna the night before the burglary.
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The latest music news, including Paul McCartney's children's book, new Chemical Brothers music and a Super Furry Animals box set.
NEW GUNS N’ ROSES ALBUM ON THE WAY?
Guns N’ Roses’ guitarist Slash has dropped the strongest hint yet that a new album from the legendary rock group might be on the way.
“We want to do something. We’ve been on the road this entire time, we have another leg coming up in November in Asia, then we’re going to start looking at what the next step is going to be,” he told Revolver magazine about the band’s plans once the Not In This Lifetime tour finally ends.
'Hey Grandude' is to be published this time next year.
Former Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney is to write a children’s book, titled ‘Hey Grandude’, inspired by his own grandchildren.
It means that the bassist, who recently released a new studio album Egypt Station at the age of 76, follows in the footsteps of other rock heroes like Bob Dylan, Keith Richards and his former Fab Four colleague Ringo Starr in publishing a picture book for kids.
“He calls them ‘Chillers’,” said McCartney, who has eight grandchildren, announced this week. “They love him and they go on adventures with him and he’s kind of magical, so you’ll see that in the book. I wanted to write it for grandparents everywhere – and the kids – so it gives you something to read to the grandkids at bed time.”
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He's playing at the Cavern Club this afternoon.
Around 350 lucky fans are currently watching Sir Paul McCartney performing live at Liverpool's Cavern Club for a secret intimate gig that was announced only hours ago. It's all part of a promotional run for the legendary musician's latest album 'Egypt Station'.
Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
Tickets for the gig, which included 200 free passes, were snapped up in moments today (July 26th 2018) - and no doubt people have signed off sick at work en masse for the chance to see their Beatles hero live at the tiny venue which kicked off at 2pm.
Continue reading: Ticket Scramble For Paul McCartney's Secret Liverpool Gig
The Beatles icon will be playing gigs in Liverpool, Glasgow and London in December 2018 in support of his upcoming new album 'Egypt Station'.
Sir Paul McCartney has unveiled his first live shows in Britain for three years in 2018, as he promotes his upcoming new album Egypt Station.
The legendary former Beatle will be playing three British shows in December this year, at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on the 12th, Glasgow’s SSE Hydro arena on the 13th, and at the O2 Arena in London on the 16th. Tickets for the shows go on sale on Monday July 16th at 10am.
The live shows will be in support of McCartney’s brand new solo album Egypt Station, announced last month and which will be released on September 7th. He’s already dropped two tracks from it, ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Come On To Me’.
Continue reading: Paul McCartney Announces Three UK Live Shows In 2018
Sir Paul McCartney at the pre-cocktail party and screening for - 'This Beautiful Fantastic' held at SVA Theatre, New York, United States - Monday 19th December 2016
Sir Paul McCartney performs on the second day of the second weekend at the 2016 Desert Trip Festival, Indio, Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 15th October 2016
Paul McCartney - Paul McCartney arrives at Narita International Airport in Tokyo - Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan - Thursday 15th May 2014
Date of birth
18th June, 1942
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