Sir James Paul McCartney
June 18, 1942
Paul McCartney Quote:
"Somebody said to me, 'But the Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'"
Significant Facts About Paul McCartney:
- Has written or co-written more than 50 Top 10 hits, landing him in the Guinness Book of World Records for that and other songwriting milestones
- Has released 24 albums as a solo artist and 11 with his group, Wings since the breakup of the Beatles in 1970
- Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: in 1988 as a member of The Beatles and in 1999 as a solo artist
Paul McCartney Career History:
McCartney met John Lennon
at a church picnic. He and George Harrison were high school pals. Together they formed the heart of The Quarrymen, later changing their name to the Beatles
. McCartney is best known for his songwriting, particularly in collaboration with Lennon prior to the Beatles' breakup in 1970.
Paul McCartney After The Beatles:
After a couple of solo albums, McCartney formed Wings, a group that included his wife, Linda, and former Moody Blues guitarist and vocalist Denny Laine. The group released 12 albums and toured extensively before dissolving in 1981. McCartney continues to enjoy success recording and touring, with his most recent album, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
, being released in 2005.
Essential Paul McCartney CD:
His first solo album was released just days after he announced his departure from the Beatles, which was official end of the group. McCartney played all of the instruments and most of the vocals, except for occasional backup from wife, Linda. The album quickly went to the top of the U.S. album charts.