James Paul McCartney was born on 18 June 1942, in Liverpool, England, a son for Mary and James McCartney who encouraged his son to be musical with Paul taking up piano lessons and adding a guitar before his teens. Influenced by the rhythm and blues of the USA, Little Richard was his idol before at the age of fifteen he joined John Lennon and the Quarryman, the start of a long term relationship that would give the world the Beatles with “Love Me Do” being their first hit single in 1963 in the UK and in America a year later. After “Beatlemania” swept the world, in 1970 McCartney continued his musical career as a solo artist with Paul providing compositions, instrumentation and vocals. His acute pair of ears and genius for harmony continued to top the Hit Parade worldwide.
With Paul McCartney becoming England’s wealthiest musician with an estimated fortune of 680 million dollars in recent years. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in March 1999, in 1979 Guinness World Records described McCartney as “the Most Successful Composer and Recording Artist of All Time”, with 60 gold discs and sales of both 100 million albums and singles and song writers credit on dozens of hits that also sold a similar amounts around the world. His “Yesterday” is the most recorded song by others with more than 2,200 recorded versions, and according to the BBC, to have been aired more than seven million times on American TV and radio. In 1997 Queen Elezabeth knighted him and is third in the all-time list … [and] is the most played song by a British writer [last] century in the US. In March 1997, Queen Elizabeth II knighted him for services to music as he continued to perform worldwide and compose his music to great acclaim.
As a solo recording artist Paul McCartney continued to top the Hit Parade with “Another Day,” “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” “Hi Hi Hi,” “My Love,” “ Live and Let Die,” “Helen Wheels,” “Jet,” “Band on the Run,” “Junior’s Farm,” “Listen to What the Man Said,” “Silly Love Songs,” “Let um’ In,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “With a Little Luck,” “Goodnight Tonight,” “Coming Up,” “Ebony and Ivory,” “Take it Away,” “The Girl is Mine,” “Say Say Say,” “No More Lonely Nights” and “Spies Like us” among others.
Paul McCartney has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2007 along with the Beatles.