"Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music."
Happy birthday Paul McCartney!
Paul McCartney (June 18, 1942) is singer, songwriter, composer, and a founding member of the Beatles and one of the band's most visible members, as a result of "Beatlemania," McCartney is also one of the most popular solo artists of all time. The singer's close friendship and artistic collaboration with John Lennon, whom he had known since childhood, was alternately deep and troublesome. The two reconciled their friendship in the years before Lennon's death, for which McCartney has expressed relief. McCartney has been married three times, currently to Nancy Shevell. He has five children, one of whom is Stella McCartney, the gifted fashion designer. His song "Hey Jude" is the Beatles' best-selling single. Other notable compositions include "Yesterday", "She Loves You", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "With A Little Help from My Friends", "Blackbird", and many others.
James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England to Mary and James McCartney. His mother died when he was fourteen, an event which would bond together McCartney and John Lennon, whom he met at a church festival as a teenager. The two became the songwriters of Lennon's band, The Quarrymen, which soon changed its name to the Beatles. The group's early members also included George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Pete Best. Sutcliffe left, and upon the group's return from Hamburg to Liverpool, Pete Best was replaced by drummer Ringo Starr.
In little time, the Beatles went from a popular local Liverpool group to an international popular music phenomenon, inciting a frenzy known as "Beatlemania", fueled by world tours, intense media attention, and deeply passionate fans. Their success in America was dubbed the "British Invasion" and led to a distinct period in rock and roll history.
McCartney, who has been named the most successful singles writer in popular music and the most successful musician of all time, wrote more hits for the group than any other member. These included "Let It Be", "Yellow Submarine", "Hello, Goodbye", and others. During the decade of the 1960s, the band released a prolific 12 hit studio albums, coupled with several international tours.
In 1970, the Beatles disbanded, largely as a result of increased friction between McCartney and Lennon, whose relationship with Yoko Ono was a source of ongoing contention. By then, McCartney had married Linda Eastman, with whom he would have four children. Paul embarked on a successful solo career, releasing McCartney in 1970. Next, he formed the band Wings, which would go on to win two Grammys and release multiple hit singles.
Paul and John eventually reconciled, and were watching SNL together at John's home in New York City on April 24, 1974, when Lorne Michaels famously announced that he would offer $3,000 cash for the Beatles to reunite. The two seriously considered the offer but decided against it. This was the last time that the two would see each other. After Lennon's death in 1980, McCartney expressed his deep gratitude for their reconciliation and said in 2000, "John is kinda like a constant ... always there in my being ... in my soul, so I always think of him". In 1982, McCartney released "Here Today," a tribute to their friendship.
McCartney, who is 71 today, remains an active musician and committed philanthropist to a number of causes. After witnessing the events of September 11, 2001, McCartney organized the Concert for New York City, and later recorded the song "Freedom" in response to the attacks.In 2012, he performed at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London. On December 12, 2012, he performed at The Concert for Sandy Relief. In 1997, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, and in March 1999, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As of 2013, McCartney has sold over 15.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States. He has received the Gershwin Prize for his contributions to popular music, bestowed by President Barack Obama, as well as the French Legion of Honor for his services to music.
- Birthday Date: Wednesday, 18 June 2014