Paul McCartney facts for kids
McCartney in Landover, Maryland, 1 August 2009
|Birth name||James Paul McCartney|
|Born||18 June 1942
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter and composer, and one of the most successful musicians in the world. He was a member of the rock band The Beatles, and with John Lennon wrote most of the group's songs.
The Beatles (1962-1970)
McCartney began writing songs before he was sixteen, and has written well over two hundred. His most famous song is "Yesterday", recorded by the Beatles in 1965. Since then around 2000 artists have recorded the song. Other songs written by McCartney for The Beatles include "Can't Buy Me Love", "Hey Jude", "Penny Lane", "Eleanor Rigby" and "Let It Be".
Often, Beatles songs would have "Lennon/McCartney" written on the record, and it would look like that they had written it together. In fact, most Lennon/McCartney songs were written by only one of them, or with one adding only small parts to the other's work. Each counted on the other to help make their songs better, so they agreed to share the credit equally.
Since the Beatles had stopped working together in 1971, McCartney started a new band called Wings with his wife Linda. Wings also had many hit records, including "Band On The Run" and "Mull Of Kintyre". McCartney wrote "Live and Let Die", which became the theme song to a James Bond film with the same title. Wings disbanded in 1981.
Later McCartney recorded a single called "Ebony and Ivory" with Stevie Wonder, then "The Girl is Mine" and "Say, Say, Say" with Michael Jackson. A song with Jackson called "The Man" was released on McCartney's fifth solo album Pipes of Peace. He and Jackson became friends, but this ended after Jackson outbid McCartney for ownership of the publishing company which owned most of the Beatles's music.
McCartney had other hit songs, and also wrote and starred in the movie, Give My Regards to Broad Street, with Linda. The theme song from the movie, "No More Lonely Nights", was also a hit, but the movie did poorly, and McCartney's popularity suffered. He had to work hard to prove his talent was still strong. He co-wrote new songs with Elvis Costello, and began touring more often than he had in years.
Along with popular music, McCartney also began composing classical music, including an oratorio about Liverpool. McCartney was knighted for his contributions to music and to British culture, and for his charity work. He bought John Lennon's former school, Quarry Bank, which he then turned into a performing arts school.
In 1990, the minor planet 4148 was named "McCartney" in his honour. In 2010, he was honoured by President Barack Obama with the Gershwin Prize for his contributions to popular music. He returned to the White House later that year as a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors. In 2012, he became the last Beatle to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
McCartney married Linda Eastman, a photographer, in 1969. She had a daughter, Heather, whom he adopted. McCartney and Linda had three more children together, named Mary, Stella and James. Stella became a popular fashion designer after she grew up.
Linda died in 1998 of breast cancer (McCartney's mother also died from the same disease in 1956). He married model Heather Mills in 2002; the couple's daughter Beatrice was born in 2003. McCartney and Mills separated in 2006, and, after a long battle over a settlement, McCartney and Mills divorced in March 2008.
McCartney married New Yorker Nancy Shevell, 51, in a civil ceremony at Old Marylebone Town Hall, London, on 9 October 2011. The couple had been dating since November 2007.
Paul is dead
There was an urban legend that said that McCartney died in a car crash in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike.
Awards and honours
- 1971: Academy Award winner (as a member of the Beatles)
- 18-time Grammy Award winner:
- Nine as a member of the Beatles
- Six as a solo artist
- Two as a member of Wings
- One as part of a joint collaboration
- Two-time inductee – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
- Class of 1988 as a member of the Beatles
- Class of 1999 as a solo artist
- Member of the Order of the British Empire.
- Planet 4148 named "McCartney" (International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center).
- 1988: Honorary Doctor of the University degree from University of Sussex.
- 1997: Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music.
- 2000: Fellowship into the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.
- 2008: BRIT Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music
- 2008: Honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University.
- 2010: Gershwin Prize for his contributions to popular music.
- 2010: Kennedy Center Honors.
- 2012: Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- 2012: Légion d'Honneur for his services to music.
- 2012: MusiCares Person of the Year
He was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to music.
- McCartney (1970)
- Ram (1971) (with Linda McCartney)
- McCartney II (1980)
- Tug of War (1982)
- Pipes of Peace (1983)
- Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
- Press to Play (1986)
- CHOBA B CCCP (1988)
- Flowers in the Dirt (1989)
- Off the Ground (1993)
- Flaming Pie (1997)
- Run Devil Run (1999)
- Driving Rain (2001)
- Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005)
- Memory Almost Full (2007)
- Kisses on the Bottom (2012)
- New (2013)
- Egypt Station (2018)
- The Family Way (1967) (soundtrack)
- Thrillington (1977) (Ram instrumental)
- Wild Life (1971)
- Red Rose Speedway (1973)
- Band on the Run (1973)
- Venus and Mars (1975)
- Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)
- London Town (1978)
- Back to the Egg (1979)
- Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio (1991) (with Carl Davis)
- Standing Stone (1997)
- Working Classical (1999)
- Ecce Cor Meum (2006)
- Ocean's Kingdom (2011) (dance score with Peter Martins)
- Liverpool Sound Collage (2000) (with The Beatles archival sound)
- Twin Freaks (2005) (with DJ Freelance Hellraiser)
The Fireman (McCartney and Youth)
- Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest (1993)
- Rushes (1998)
- Electric Arguments (2008)
- Please Please Me (1963)
- With the Beatles (1963)
- A Hard Day's Night (1964)
- Beatles for Sale (1964)
- Help! (1965)
- Rubber Soul (1965)
- Revolver (1966)
- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
- Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
- The Beatles ("The White Album", 1968)
- Yellow Submarine (1969)
- Abbey Road (1969)
- Let It Be (1970)
Images for kids
Paul McCartney being interviewed at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, January 1980
Starr and McCartney promoting The Beatles: Rock Band in 2009
Paul McCartney live in Dublin, 2010
McCartney playing a Gibson Les Paul in concert, 2009
Paul McCartney performing in the East Room of the White House, 2010
McCartney receiving the 2010 Gershwin Prize from US President Barack Obama.
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