Fast Facts

  • His mother died from breast cancer when he was 14; the same disease would later claim the life of his first wife, Linda.
  • Joined John Lennon's band, the Quarrymen, in 1957.
  • Says he wrote the 1965 classic "Yesterday," the most covered song of all time, after having awakened with its melody in his head; he originally called it "Scrambled Eggs."
  • Was inspired by the Beach Boys' classic album Pet Sounds to help create what became the Beatles' 1967 masterpiece, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
  • Is very active in charitable work, most notably in support of animal rights and vegetarianism.
  • Was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle and as a solo artist.
  • Is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Songwriter of All Time.

Awards

  • 1964, Grammy — Best Performance By A Vocal Group: Winner
  • 1971, Grammy — Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s): Winner
  • 1966, Grammy — Song of the Year: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program: Nominee
  • 1967, Grammy — Album of the Year: Winner
  • 1964, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1985, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1967, Grammy — Best Contemporary Album: Winner
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Music Video - Long Form: Winner
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Music Video - Short Form: Winner
  • 1970, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song Score): Winner
  • 1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Most Promising Newcomer to Film: Nominee
  • 1996, Grammy — Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal: Winner
  • 1974, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo, Group or Chorus: Winner
  • 1966, Grammy — Best Contemporary (R&R) Solo Vocal Performance--Male or Female: Winner
  • 1979, Grammy — Best Rock Instrumental Performance: Winner
  • 1973, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Song): Nominee
  • 1970, Grammy — Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special: Winner
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Original Song - Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, Grammy — Best Music Film: Winner
  • 2010, Grammy — Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Winner
  • 2012, Grammy — Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Winner
  • 1984, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Original Song Written for a Film: Nominee
  • 2001, Oscar — Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): Nominee
  • 2013, Grammy — Best Rock Song: Winner
  • 2011, Grammy — Best Historical Album: Winner

Relationships

  • Beatrice Milly McCartney — Daughter
  • James McCartney — Father
  • James McCartney — Son
  • Angie McCartney — Stepmother
  • Mary Patricia McCartney — Mother
  • Heather McCartney — Stepdaughter
  • Linda McCartney — Wife (deceased)
  • Michael McCartney — Brother
  • Stella McCartney — Daughter
  • Nancy Shevell — Wife
  • Ruth McCartney — Sister
  • Heather Mills — Ex-wife
  • Jane Asher — Ex-significant Other
  • Mary McCartney — Daughter

Details

  • Birth Name: James Paul McCartney
  • Birth Place: Liverpool, England
  • Birthday: June 18, 1942, Gemini
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor
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