Paul McCartney

Rock Musician

Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE is an English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, and with Lennon formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. Following the band's break-up, he began a solo career and later formed the group Wings with his first wife Linda Eastman, and singer-songwriter Denny Laine.… Read More

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1942 Birth James Paul McCartney was born on 18 June 1942 in Walton Hospital, Liverpool, England, where his mother, Mary Patricia (née Mohin; 1909–1956), had qualified to practise as a nurse. … Read More
1947 5 Years Old McCartney attended Stockton Wood Road Primary School in Speke from 1947 until 1949, when he transferred to Joseph Williams Junior School in Belle Vale because of overcrowding at Stockton.


1953 - 1956 3 More Events
1957 15 Years Old At the age of fifteen, McCartney met Lennon and his band, the Quarrymen, at the St Peter's Church Hall fête in Woolton on 6 July 1957. … Read More
1960 18 Years Old They adopted the name the Beatles in August 1960 and recruited drummer Pete Best shortly before a five-engagement residency in Hamburg. … Read More
1961 19 Years Old In 1961, Sutcliffe left the band and McCartney reluctantly became their bass player. … Read More


1962 - 1967 3 More Events
In March 1969, McCartney married Linda Eastman, and in August, the couple had their first child, Mary, named after his late mother. … Read More
On 10 April 1970, in the midst of business disagreements with his bandmates, McCartney announced his departure from the group.
In 1971, he collaborated with Linda and drummer Denny Seiwell on a second album, Ram. … Read More


1973 31 Years Old After the departure of McCullough and Seiwell in 1973, the McCartneys and Laine recorded Band on the Run. … Read More
1974 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Rolling Stone named it Album of the Year for 1974, and in 1975 it won Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary/Pop Vocal and Best Engineered Album. … Read More
1977 - 1979 2 More Events
1980 38 Years Old In 1980, McCartney released his second solo LP, the self-produced McCartney II, which peaked at number one in the UK and number three in the US. … Read More
1981 39 Years Old By 1981, McCartney felt he had accomplished all he could creatively with Wings and decided he needed a change. … Read More


1982 - 1988 4 More Events
1989 47 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1989, he joined forces with fellow Merseysiders Gerry Marsden and Holly Johnson to record an updated version of "Ferry Cross the Mersey", for the Hillsborough disaster appeal fund. … Read More
1990 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1990, the US publication Amusement Business presented McCartney with an award for the highest grossing show of the year; his two performances at Berkeley earned over $3.5 million.
1991 49 Years Old 1 More Event
McCartney ventured into orchestral music in 1991, when the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society commissioned a musical piece by him to celebrate its sesquicentennial. … Read More


1993 - 1997 4 More Events
1998 56 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1998, he released Rushes, the second electronica album by the Fireman. … Read More
1999 57 Years Old Also during 1999, he continued his experimentation with orchestral music on Working Classical.
2000 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2000, he released the electronica album Liverpool Sound Collage with Super Furry Animals and Youth, using the sound collage and musique concrète techniques that had fascinated him in the mid-1960s. … Read More
2001 59 Years Old Having witnessed the 11 September 2001 attacks from the JFK airport tarmac, McCartney was inspired to take a leading role in organising the Concert for New York City. … Read More


In 2002, McCartney married Heather Mills, a former model and anti-landmines campaigner. In 2003, the couple had a child, Beatrice Milly, named in honour of Mills' late mother, and one of McCartney's aunts. They separated in April 2006 and divorced acrimoniously in March 2008. … Read More
2003 - 2006 3 More Events
In 2008, he released his third Fireman album, Electric Arguments.
2009 - 2010 4 More Events
In July 2011, McCartney played two sold-out concerts at the new Yankee Stadium. … Read More
He released Kisses on the Bottom, a collection of standards, in February 2012; that same month the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences honoured him as the MusiCares Person of the Year, two days prior to his performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. … Read More
2013 71 Years Old On 28 August 2013, McCartney released the title track of his upcoming studio album New, which came out in October 2013. A primetime entertainment special celebrating the legacy of seven-time Grammy-winning group the Beatles and their groundbreaking first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, featuring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, was taped 27 January 2014 at the Ed Sullivan Theater with a 9 February 2014 CBS airing. … Read More
On 26 January 2014 McCartney and Starr performed "Queenie Eye" from McCartney's new album New at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. … Read More
In January 2015, McCartney collaborated with Kanye West and Barbadian singer Rihanna on the single "FourFiveSeconds". They released a music video for the song in January and performed it live at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards on 8 February 2015.
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