Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney


6/18/1942, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

Birth Name

James Paul McCartney



Also Known As

Apollo C. Vermouth, Percy Thrillington, James Paul McCartney, Bernard Webb, Sir Paul McCartney
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Sir James Paul McCartney, was born June 18, 1942. He was a founding member of both The Beatles and Wings - and, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the most successful musician and composer in the history of popular music. Paul is a multiple Grammy Award-winning…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Alone, with Linda and Wings and as a member of The Beatles - Paul has won 13 Grammy Awards.

    • On November 25, 2008, Paul and Youth, the other half of "Fireman", debuted the album Electric Arguments on MySpace. The joint venture between MySpace and various corporate partners allowed fans to listen to the album for free online. Marketing his music in "new" ways was not new to Paul - in 2007 he was the first musician to release an album on Starbucks's new "Hear Music" label, formed by the chain to develop and sell CD's in both its own coffee shops and via independent music retailers.

    • Paul bares a scar on his upper lip as a result from a motorcycle accident when he was younger.

    • In 2008 it was revealed that Paul and Pete Best were once accused of arson when they set fire to condoms. Despite only burning them to be used as emergency lighting in a motor vehicle, they were deported from Germany as punishment.

    • Paul's 2008 song, Mister Bellamy, is an anagram of Mills Betray Me. Heather Mills is Paul's ex-wife.

    • At the 9th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, Paul was awarded Solo Artist of the Year for 2006.

    • In 1997 Paul joined Michael Jackson and Luciano Pavarotti on a CD tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

    • Because Paul is left handed, during his career as a Beatle, and to this day, he uses guitars made with the bridge on the right side, so he can play using his left hand.

    • Paul got busted many times for drugs, including several times in the 1970s, once in 1980 and 1984, and once during the 1993 world tour.

    • He had a successful post-Beatles group - Wings (1971-1981).

    • Paul was rumored to be dead after he was injured in a car crash in November 1966. The Abbey Road album cover and songs on it, helped fuel the rumor.

    • He has never been able to read musical notation; instead he writes and plays by ear.

    • According to Paul, he composed the entire melody of "Yesterday" in a dream one night at the London flat of his then girlfriend, Jane Asher. Upon waking, he hurried to the piano, turned on a tape recorder and recorded the tune to avoid letting it slip into the recesses of his mind. Having no lyrics, and apparently being hungry, he sang "Scrambled Eggs, Scrambled Eggs" - which became the working title of one of the most popular songs in history, and a personal favorite of Paul's.

    • Paul performed at the Super Bowl XXXIX halftime show, singing Drive my Car, Live and Let Die, and the famous Hey Jude. His performance was a year after the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" incident involving Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. When a reporter ask him if that would happen again, Paul said no jokingly because everybody would play naked.

    • He met George Harrison on a bus to school, and asked him to be in John Lennon's group.

    • He performed "Let It Be" at Live Aid in 1985. During this performance, Bob Geldof, David Bowie, Alison Moyet and Pete Townsend (of The Who) all came on stage towards the end to sing backup vocals.

    • A lyric sheet to his song "Yesterday" is featured on the front cover of the Marillion album "Script for a Jester's Tear" (1983).

    • His song, "When I'm 64" was written for his father Jim on his 64th birthday.

    • He won a last-minute court order preventing Christie's from auctioning his handwritten lyrics to song "Hey Jude." Paper with lyrics scrawled on it had been expected to bring up to $116,000 at auction scheduled for April 30, but England's High Court, ruled for Sir Paul the day before, deciding that the valuable Beatles artifact will remain at auction house until ownership is finally determined by agreement or trial.

    • He was made an honorary detective by NY Police for the benefit concert he gave for 9/11 victims, April 2002.

    • He was fined $200 in 1973 for growing marijuana on his Scotland farm. Arrested and jailed briefly in Japan in 1980 for carrying same substance.

    • Paul has written several songs about his former bandmate and dear friend John Lennon - including "Dear Boy", "Too Many People", "Dear Friend" and "Here Today".

    • He was named one of E!'s "Top 20 Entertainers of 2001."

    • He had wanted The Beatles to do a club tour shortly before they broke up. John disagreed, thinking that if they did tour again, it should have been in stadium-sized venues.

    • He played all the instruments on two of his solo albums, 'McCartney' (1970) and 'McCartney II' (1980).

    • Paul owns the double bass that once belonged to Elvis Presley's bassist Bill Black.

    • He was awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 1992.

    • He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles January 20, 1988.

    • He appeared as himself in Tracey Ullman's "They Don't Know" music video.

    • He sang backup on Donovan's "Mellow Yellow" and played bass on some of the album's tracks.

    • Paul was actually the only Beatle to graduate from Britain's equivalent of high-school - majoring in Art.

  • Quotes

    • Paul: I've got a few guitars that I like. The trouble with fame and riches is that you have more than one guitar. When you're a kid, you've only got one guitar, and you love it, and you string it and you cherish it, and you put it to bed at night and all that shit. You relate to it. When you've got more than one, you've got two. (laughs) And then you don't know which one to choose. It's an embarrassment of riches. Then you've suddenly got three and four, and then at my stage in the game, people give you guitars. So you've suddenly got a cellarful.

    • Paul: I used to think that all my Wings stuff was second-rate stuff, but I began to meet younger kids, not kids from my Beatle generation, who would say, "We really love this song".

    • Paul: I definitely did look up to John. We all looked up to John. He was older and he was very much the leader; he was the quickest wit and the smartest.

    • Paul: (on rumors his song Mister Bellamy is written about Heather Mills) Who is Mr Bellamy? Well, I never know who these people are. Who is Chuck and Dave from When I'm 64? Who is Eleanor Rigby? Who is Desmond and Molly from Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da? I don't know, I just make them up.

    • Paul: None of us wanted to be the bass player. In our minds he was the fat guy who always played at the back.

    • Paul: It was Elvis who really got me hooked on beat music. When I heard "Heartbreak Hotel" I thought, this is it.

    • Paul: The issues are the same. We wanted peace on earth, love, and understanding between everyone around the world. We have learned that change comes slowly.

    • Paul: I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.

    • Paul: You try to concentrate on the lyrics, the music, the melody, and putting it all together, and there's a sign... and half of you is saying "ignore it", but the other half is saying "read it, go ahead." "My grandmother saw you at Candlestick." That says it all.

    • Paul: I've seen those famous Nixon transcripts where Elvis actually starts to try to shop us - The Beatles! He's in the transcript saying - to Richard Nixon, of all people - 'Well, sir, these Beatles: they're very un-American and they take drugs.' I felt a bit betrayed by that, I must say. The great joke is that we were taking drugs, and look what happened to him. He was caught on the toilet full of them! It was sad; but I still love him, particularly in his early period. He was very influential on me.

    • Paul: We didn't all get into music for a job! We got into music to avoid a job, in truth - and get lots of girls.

    • Paul: I don't take me seriously. If we get some giggles, I don't mind.

    • Paul: I'm not religious, but I'm very spiritual.

    • Paul: If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.