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Paul McCartney

Rock Musician / Songwriter

Born: 18 June 1942
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Best known as:

Singer and composer for The Beatles

Paul McCartney was a singer, songwriter and guitarist for The Beatles, the biggest rock band of the 1960s. Paul McCartney was first invited to join John Lennon's band The Quarrymen in 1957. Eventually George Harrison and Ringo Starr joined up as well, and the new band became The Beatles. Almost all of their songs were written by McCartney and Lennon, who produced dozens of classic songs ranging from "A Hard Day's Night" and "Yesterday" to "Let it Be" and "Hey, Jude." Paul McCartney released his first solo album in 1970, just before the breakup of The Beatles. McCartney soon formed the band Wings (featuring his wife, Linda), touring extensively and recording albums including Band on the Run and Venus & Mars. Paul McCartney continued to record and perform throughout the 1980s and '90s, and was awarded the MBE in 1997, making him Sir Paul McCartney. After Linda McCartney died of breast cancer in 1998, he became more publicly active in charitable causes. Paul McCartney married model and activist Heather Mills on 11 June 2002 at Castle Leslie at Glaslough in County Monaghan, Ireland. Their daughter Beatrice Milly was born in October 2003, but the couple separated in 2006; their divorce was finalized in 2008, with Mills getting a settlement of 24.3 million pounds. McCartney then married Nancy Shevell, a 51-year-old businesswoman from New York, on 9 October 2011.

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Way back in 1979, Paul McCartney was awarded with a special rhodium disc for selling over 200 million albums... Paul McCartney plays guitar left-handed... He is often called "Macca" by fans... The name of The Beatles was a play on the name of Buddy Holly's band, The Crickets... McCartney's daughter Stella became a popular fashion designer.

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