Paul's first record contract was with Polydor Records.
In 2005, he was awarded a special Brit Award for his long career in music.
His mother named him John after contracting polio of the throat right after his birth. She was bordering on delirium, blurted out first name she thought of when asked. She later changed the baby's name to Paul.
He has four children: three daughters and a son.
Paul was singer/songwriter/guitarist for The Jam from 1975 until its demise in 1982, releasing six studio albums from 1977 to 1982. He then led The Style Council from 1983 until 1990, releasing six more studio albums. He has been a solo artist ever since, releasing the studio albums "Paul Weller" (1992), "Wild Wood" (1994), "Stanley Road" (1995), "Heavy Soul" (1997), "Heliocentric" (2000), "Illumination" (2002) and "As is Now" (2005). In addition to his studio albums, he has released a live album, a greatest hits album and a collection of odds and ends (2004's "Fly on the Wall").
He used to be in punk rock band The Jam.