Paul McCartney

Born 18 June 1942.
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Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942), is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, widely regarded as one of the most popular and influential acts in the history of rock music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band's break-up, he pursued a solo career and later formed Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.

McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist. More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song "Yesterday", more than any other copyrighted song in history. Wings' 1977 release "Mull of Kintyre" is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in March 1999, McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2014[update] he has sold more than 15.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr received MBEs in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music.

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  1. Review of Ram

    Ram 2012

    Reviewed by Chris Roberts
    Ripe for re-evaluation, Ram is far from the disaster some critics painted it as.
  2. Review of Kisses on the Bottom

    Kisses on the Bottom 2012

    Reviewed by Patrick Humphries
    A very pleasurable set of less-than-common covers from the still-rocking knight.
  3. Review of Ocean's Kingdom (conductor: John Wilson; The London Classical Orchestra)

    Ocean's Kingdom (conductor: John Wilson; The London Classical Orchestra) 2011

    Reviewed by Charlotte Gardner
    McCartney is out of his depth on this four-movement piece for the New York City Ballet.
  4. Review of McCartney

    McCartney 2011

    Reviewed by John Doran
    The opening chapter in the most consistently pleasing solo career of all The Beatles.
  5. Review of Good Evening New York City

    Good Evening New York City 2009

    Reviewed by Will Dean
    He could turn up and play on a washboard and it'd still be worth 20 quid.
  6. Review of Driving Rain

    Driving Rain 2009

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    ...a bit of lonely yearning would have made the material a little more challenging and...
  7. Review of Memory Almost Full

    Memory Almost Full 2007

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    ...Sounds very much of the now, something that a Macca album hasn't done in a while.
  8. Review of Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard

    Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard 2005

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    We all know McCartney doesn't need to work, but his endless drive to be cutting edge...
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