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Paul McCartney Biography

Birth Name:
James Paul McCartney
Birth Place:
Liverpool, England
Singer, songwriter, musician, actor

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; he later named a Companion of the Order of Companions of Honour in 2017
  • 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


  • 2022Emmy-Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: winner
  • 2022Emmy-Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series: winner
  • 2013Grammy-Best Music Film: winner
  • 2010Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2010Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Song: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2002Critics' Choice Awards-Best Song: winner
  • 2001Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song): nominated
  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program: nominated
  • 1985BAFTA Film Awards-Best Original Song Written for a Film: nominated
  • 1985Golden Globe-Best Original Song - Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1973Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Song): nominated
  • 1970Oscar-Best Achievement in Music (Original Song Score): winner
  • 1970Grammy-Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture Or A Television Special: winner
  • 1965BAFTA Film Awards-Most Promising Newcomer to Film: nominated