Paul McCartney

Invented just about everyone you've ever heard of

Everyone has a favourite Paul McCartney. His 45-year career has played out in the glare of the world’s media, more so now than ever, but meanwhile everyone cherishes the Paul they love. Whether it’s the cute doe-eyed moptop, the homely family man or the British national treasure, we hold him with such high regard that there’s almost nothing that we don’t know about the most musical knight of the realm. Forming perhaps the most famous musical partnership with John Lennon, Paul McCartney was half of The Beatles songwriting powerhouse making them the incredible phenomenon they were, and continue to be, as new fans discover songs like ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, ‘Hey Jude, ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’ and universally acclaimed albums such as ‘Revolver’, ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘ The White Album’ and ‘Rubber Soul’. He recorded two solo albums ‘McCartney’ and ‘Ram’ before teaming up with Denny Laine and others in Wings, scoring hits with ‘Mull of Kintyre’ and, the theme to the James Bond movie, ‘Live and Let Die’ and of course the ‘Band On The Run’ album. He courted controversy with the song ‘Give Ireland Back to the Irish’, written as a response to Bloody Sunday. McCartney worked with Wings throughout the 70s before again going solo with ‘McCartney II’ and continuing his activities across music, painting and campaigning for causes such as vegetarianism, animal welfare, and latterly against landmines (after his marriage to Heather Mills). His solo career has since encompassed classical works (‘Liverpool Oratorio’ and ‘Standing Stones’), soundtracks (‘The Family Way’ and ‘Give My Regards to Broad Street’) and recently an experimental electronica album with producer Youth as The Fireman. He was once arrested flying into Tokyo for a series of concerts for possession of Cannabis. There were calls in the press for him to be tried for drug smuggling but, after ten days in jail, he was simply deported and told not to come back.

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