By Line: Shivendra Pandey
James Paul McCartney was born on 18 June 1942 in Walton Hospital, Liverpool, England, where his mother, Mary Patricia (née Mohin), had qualified to practice as a nurse. His father, James (“Jim”) McCartney, was absent from his son’s birth due to his work as a volunteer firefighter during World War II. McCartney has one younger brother named Michael and a stepsister, Ruth.
Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. He gained worldwide fame as the bass guitarist and singer for the rock band ‘the Beatles’, widely considered the most popular and influential group in the history of popular music. McCartney is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. He has written or co-written, 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2009 he had 25.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon songwriting remains the most successful in history. After the group disbanded in 1970, he pursued a solo career and formed the band ‘Wings’ with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.
More than 2,200 artists have covered McCartney’s the Beatles song “Yesterday“, making it one of the most covered songs in popular music history. Wings’ 1977 release “Mull of Kintyre” is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK. McCartney has released an extensive catalog of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. His most recent album ‘Egypt Station’ (2018) became his first album in 36 years to top the Billboard 200, and his first to debut at number one.
A two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1999) and an 18-time Grammy Award winner, McCartney, Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr all received appointment as Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1965 and, in 1997, McCartney was Knighted for services to music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education. He has married three times and is the father of five children. McCartney is also one of the wealthiest musicians in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$1.2 billion.