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Paul McCartney is a living legend. The ex-Beatle, whose hit "Yesterday" all time is considered the most played pop song, is one of the most successful songwriters in music history. As a singer and bassist of the legendary Fab Four Briton gained along with his colleagues John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in the 60s world fame and changed the course of music history. After the end of the Fab Four Paul McCartney launched then an equally successful solo career: With albums like "Band On The Run", "London Town", "Tug Of War" or "flowers in the dirt" and unforgettable songs like "Ebony and Ivory "," Say Say Say "and" Hope of Deliverance "he pressed the pop music continues consistently to its unique stamp. Feels like this man has won everything and achieved what there is to win and reach - and yet he is not tired, continue to bestow the world with his wonderful music. A real music visionary precisely.

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Jan 27, 2017
08:01 PM
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60 Simcoe Street
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08:03 PM
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Paul McCartney

Sir James Paul McCartney (born June 18, 1942 in Liverpool) is an English musician, singer-songwriter, composer and multiple Grammy winner. He gained worldwide fame as a singer and bassist of the Beatles, for whom he wrote most of the songs with John Lennon. The composers partnership Lennon / McCartney is one of the best known and most successful in the history of pop music.

After the end of the Beatles McCartney launched a successful solo career and founded with his wife Linda, the band Wings. Since the 1980s he has worked, apart from sporadic project “The Fireman”, exclusively as a solo artist and is also dedicated to new musical areas such as electronic and classical music.

McCartney is now considered the most successful songwriter in the history of pop music. His play Yesterday regarded as the most played pop song of all time. Since the 1970s, McCartney lives vegetarian and committed to the rights of animals.

Private life

McCartney grew up in Liverpool, the son of James “Jim” McCartney (1902-1976) and his wife Mary Patricia Mohin McCartney (1909-1956) in a middle-class English middle class family. McCartney has a brother (Michael, born January 7, 1944) and a step-sister (Ruth, * February 15, 1960).

He attended the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, where she met George Harrison also know.

From 1963 to 1968 McCartney was romantically involved with the actress Jane Asher, with whom he became engaged to 1967th After separating from her he married on March 12, 1969, photographer Linda Eastman. The two have three children: Mary (born August 28, 1969), Stella (born September 13 1971) and James (born September 12 1977). Eastman’s daughter Heather (born December 31, 1962) from his first marriage was adopted by McCartney. After Linda’s death from cancer on 17 April 1998 McCartney married on 11 June 2002, the ex-model Heather Mills. On 28 October 2003, the daughter Beatrice Milly was born. On 17 May 2006 McCartney and Mills announced their separation. On 17 March 2008 marriage in London was divorced by the Supreme Court of the city. McCartney was obliged to pay Mills a severance payment of 32 million euros. Further details were not known because secrecy has been agreed.

On 9 October 2011 Paul McCartney married businesswoman Nancy Shevell, with whom he had a relationship since November of 2007. The ceremony took place in London at the Old Marylebone Town Hall, where he had already married his first wife Linda Eastman.

In 1980, the German Bettina Hübers asserted (now, * 1962 Bettina Krischbin) from Neumünster, the daughter of McCartney to be because her mother Erika had with him a brief affair. Several youth and tabloids reported about the case. Hübers filed in April 1983 before the family court in Berlin a paternity lawsuit. The court ordered in October 1983 on a sample of blood. This blood sample was McCartney from London, from where she was flown to the investigation to Berlin. In January 1984, was rejected because of the negative result, the action. In May 2007, the Berlin public prosecutor’s office determined again in the fall.

The Beatles-time

Founding and rise

On July 6, 1957 McCartney met at a church festival in Liverpool suburb of Woolton John Lennon know and joined the school band The Quarrymen. It emerged the first common songs, but mainly played the tape to the latest hits. 1958 gave McCartney schoolmate George Harrison joined the band. With two other friends – Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums – entered the new formation in August 1960 under the name The Beatles in the public arena in Hamburg Indra Club. As early as 1961, Stuart Sutcliffe, the band again, and McCartney played henceforth the electric bass. There were other guest performances in Hamburg in 1961 and 1962. In Hamburg they learned the drummer Ringo Starr know. Shortly before the signing of their first record deal in 1962 Ringo Starr was brought in place of Pete Best in the band. Since that time in Hamburg McCartney played the electric bass model Höfner 500/1, which has become his trademark.

In 1963 followed by the No. 2 hit Please Please Me, the first place in the British hit parade with From Me to You. The triumph of the Fab Four started. Within just three years, the Beatles were the most successful and most popular band in the world. Especially their mix of rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues paved the way beat music. McCartney and Lennon were the musical heads the group.

McCartney’s role and strengths with the Beatles

During his time with the Beatles McCartney profiled as an outstanding composer and bassist class. In the early days of the band McCartney and John Lennon wrote many pieces together, although initially Lennon was considered the head of the group and the enterprising McCartney, who appeared 1961, partly as frontman without instrument or 1965 had a solo performance, probably ausbremste to some extent. In 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney agreed on the joint statement composers Lennon / McCartney even with such titles, which were mainly composed only of one of the two. From about 1965 these composers Community broke up increasingly. Among the most successful compositions of this time, which are attributed McCartney belong Yesterday, Penny Lane, Hey Jew, and Let It Be. He was also the lead in designing the Beatle albums Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and Abbey Road. McCartney was the most versatile instrumentalist of the Beatles. In addition to vocals and bass, he often played with recordings of Beatles guitar, piano, Mellotron (as in the piece Strawberry Fields Forever) and sometimes drums (Back in the USSR, Dear Prudence and The Ballad of John and Yoko).

Due to its varied artistic interests and also because of its numerous contacts with the artistic avant-garde scene of the Swinging London of the mid to late 1960s, where he was known as the “Party Animal”, McCartney brought a lot musically and artistically ambitious and innovative impulses in the band’s music , He was the creator of the sound collage that can be heard at the end of the piece Tomorrow Never Knows, and he also had the idea for the final chord of the song A Day in the Life depicted on the piano.

Drugs scandal

The popular music of the 1960s was dominated by the Beatles. However, this decade was the decade of drugs and spiritualism. This had an influence on McCartney and the other members of the Beatles and many other musicians and artists of that era. A scandal came when McCartney in an interview – at the urging of the reporter, as he later said – confessed to having taken LSD a few times. McCartney had also asked in terms of its social role model for many young people, the reporter not to publish this information, and warned his fans in the same interview prior drug use in general. 1996 said McCartney in the Anthology also mentioned that he had as any of the Beatles although previously taken safely marijuana to him was, however, imposed by the other band members through peer pressure, the less congenial LSD.

The musical highlight of the band

First separation rumors of the Beatles appeared in late 1966, early 1967, when the band gave up entirely their tours because of the stresses associated with them; the press believed then that it downhill go with the Beatles, while McCartney, as he said in 1996, used to laugh at such headlines his sleeve, as viewed to mature studio band changing musicians at that time already in the recordings for Double-A pages single Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane and the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band were.

The title song of the Sgt Pepper album went back to McCartney. In the spring of 1967, he spent several weeks traveling the Beatle movie Magical Mystery Tour by road manager Mal Evans by France to turn some settings on the included film music video for the song The Fool on the Hill. On the flight back to England asked Evans McCartney, whether it ends on his food salt or pepper? wool. McCartney understood but falsely Sgt. Pepper, and the sound of the name intrigued him. At the same time his bandmate Lennon had complained for some time about the band constricting public image of the Beatles in the early days as “kitsch producer for flappers”, whereupon McCartney now developed the concept of Pepper’schen Hearts Club Band as alter ego of the Beatles from the above misunderstanding, to break out of the pre-roll cliché by this masking tape and can be perceived as musically sophisticated.

During this time, McCartney Linda Eastman met. The two married in 1969. The marriage produced three children.

McCartney las 1968 items a music critic, in the probably the song I Can See for Miles was treated by The Who, the loudest, most intolerable and obscene song ever. Of these inspired McCartney undertook to write the loudest and hardest song of all time – the recorded in the same year and whites on the so-called album published Helter Skelter, which is regarded by many as the first heavy metal pieces in the modern sense.

Internal tensions and separation

The separation rumors were 1968 louder. Internal tensions, mainly between McCartney and Lennon, but also between McCartney and Harrison, loaded artistic cooperation, not least because of the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, in the summer of 1967. While Harrison for years about the unfair treatment as “second fiddle” was embittered (his compositions were often not treated equally), Lennon showed less and less interest in the group: He had initially hoped the fame as a musician would to tide him over depression and inferiority complex. But that had not been fulfilled.

The tensions had mid-February, during the meditation stay of the band and their women with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh (India), again somewhat mitigated. In these weeks created numerous compositions for the musically rich and diverse album The Beatles. Ringo Starr returned early March back to England, McCartney followed three weeks later. John Lennon and George Harrison left India in mid April after Lennon’s friend Yanni Alexis “Magic Alex” Mardas had spread the rumor that Maharishi have Mia Farrow molested – a rumor that was never confirmed by Farrow himself and for George Harrison later should have apologized to Maharishi.

McCartney tried with the Let It Be and the recording of the album of the same film project, keep the group together, Harrison and Lennon withdrew but human more and more by the Beatles.

There were also financial problems of the band due to the disorganized Apple project. As the other three Beatles wanted to engage the dodgy American businessman Allen Klein as company renovators and new band manager, McCartney blocked the decision by his veto, whereupon Lennon, Harrison and Starr abschlossen the contract with Klein without McCartney. McCartney was there apparently the only one of four, which was aware that the contract offered by Klein would bind to the new manager not only to end of their lives, but also the retention of nearly all of its revenues from retail envisaged. To prevent this, McCartney remained only the possibility to sue his three band members – which also meant the dissolution of the band. At its cohesion appeared at this time only McCartney to be even more interesting.

In fact, McCartney then announced on April 10, 1970, concurrently with the court action, the separation of the band and presented a day later his solo album. McCartney and Lennon never composed again together and have never been seen in public together again. The last common musical activity of the two was in 1974, the last personal meeting place in 1976.

The litigation of four musicians with each other, with small, with their old record company EMI and with the settlement of the failed Apple project employed by the end of the 1970s a large number of lawyers, what the personal relationships of four mutually additionally loaded.

After the death of George Harrison McCartney publicly expressed feelings of a tight cohesion with him through all these years up to a visit to the deathbed.

In an interview from 29 October 2012 McCartney said that John Lennon’s second wife Yoko Ono had worn no fault in the breakup of the Beatles.

The solo career from 1970

Beginning as a solo artist

McCartney’s first solo album, released in April 1970 and bore the simple title McCartney, he had taken parallel to the final work with the Beatles. The completely alone rehearsed by McCartney album garnered poor reviews, but was commercially successful yet. The title Maybe I’m Amazed was recorded by numerous other artists, is today almost continuously to Paul McCartney’s live repertoire. Also a classic became Everynight.

While Lennon at the time of separation turned out to be the now selbstgenügsamste Beatle, interested to above all his music and his wife Yoko Ono, McCartney was life depend on the recognition of his three bandmates and the audience. With the separation of the Beatles, it was now McCartney, who fell into a severe depression; He retired with his new family of three months on a farm in Scotland, where he was temporarily for alcoholics and increasingly neglected until his wife Linda McCartney encouraged him together take new music.

The following year, the first single Another Day / Oh Woman Oh Why (Feb 1971) and the album Ram (Mai 1971) appeared. Also this came under fire gone bad, but sold well. While the English (The Back Seat of My Car) and German (Eat at Home) single release for Beatle ratios achieved modest placements, Uncle Albert was / Admiral Halsey number 1 on the Billboard charts in the USA.

Establishing the Wings

With the US drummer Denny Seiwell and guitarist Denny Laine McCartney founded in August 1971, the group Wings, played the wife Linda keyboards. The first album Wildlife was published in December 1971, however, it reached only number 10 in the US and received – like its predecessors – mostly negative reviews. In 1972, the group, now by the Irish guitarist Henry McCullough strengthened, three singles out. In Give Ireland Back to the Irish (Feb 1972) McCartney sat down with the Bloody Sunday in Derry apart, similar to a little later did John Lennon in his songs Sunday Bloody Sunday and The Luck of the Irish. Give Ireland Back to the Irish landed on the index of the BBC and was therefore not played in their radio programs. The same happened to the rock Single Hi Hi Hi in December 1972 in the text of the music directors of the BBC believed to hear requests for drug use and unwanted sexual acts. More successful was the B-side C-Moon, a song in reggae style. In the meantime, in May 1972, and the nursery rhyme Mary Had a Little Lamb had yet appeared. In addition, the group went on tour, first in various British university towns, without Paul McCartney was particularly announced on the posters.

With the next album Red Rose Speedway, which was published on May 4, 1973, this trend seemed to continue, although the decoupling My Love with McCullough’s remarkable guitar Game Four Weeks Number 1 in the US was. But in the same year get Paul McCartney and the Wings their greatest successes so far: The Oscar nominated single Live and Let Die (June 1973), from the eponymous James Bond movie with Roger Moore and published in December 1973 album Band on the Run from which the title song and the title Jet as singles were successful.

Second half of the 1970s

Shortly before the recording of Band on the Run, which took place in Lagos, Seiwell and McCullough had left the band. In the following time McCartney was taking it easy and just released the single Junior’s Farm (Oct 1974). The band, meanwhile, was reinforced with the guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Joe English. The albums Venus and Mars (published in May 1975 with the number 1 Single Listen to What the Man Said) and Wings at the Speed ​​of Sound (published in March 1976, the hits Silly Love Songs and Let ‘Em In) highlighted common with the world tour, from which the successful live album Wings over America (December, 1976) emerged, the climax of the Wings.

McCulloch and English left 1977 band. However, McCartney and Denny Laine took on a new album and another single, which in the same year, in November 1977, appeared. Mull of Kintyre was McCartney’s greatest success in Europe and even dissolved the Beatles’ singles from the tips of the lists of the “eternal” from bestsellers. Only in the United States bombed the plate.

In March 1978 the album London Town appeared with the number 1 Single With a Little Luck. With a new cast (Steve Holly: Drums, Laurence Juber guitar) they also went in December 1979 in the UK on tour again. In December 1978, still Wings Greatest Hits appeared. In March 1979, the Wings released the successful single Goodnight Tonight and shortly before Christmas, in November 1979 appeared the Paul McCartney Single Wonderful Christmastime. The album Back to the Egg, published in June 1979 was, despite numerous prominent guest musicians the high expectations, however not fair.

A-Wings tour of Japan did not take place in January 1980, because McCartney was arrested upon entry for hashish possession. In April 1981, the end of the band was officially announced. By September 1989, there should be no further concerts of McCartney.

The 1980s

In May 1980, the rehearsed alone album McCartney II was published. It stunned fans and critics alike as McCartney once again broke new musical paths: On the album amplified synthesizers are used, less the “classical” instruments such as guitar and bass.

McCartney succeeded in 1982 in duet with Stevie Wonder of the world hit Ebony and Ivory. The accompanying album Tug of War (April 1982) was very successful commercially and was praised by the critics up. During the recordings McCartney again worked with Ringo Starr and The Beatles producer George Martin. He also fulfilled a dream and took the piece of Get It Together with Carl Perkins, one of his idols of youth, on.

In October 1983, the album Pipes of Peace appeared with material that was already partially taken for Tug of War. The single Say Say Say with Michael Jackson was a worldwide hit again. In the previous year, in October 1982, Paul had been involved in Jackson’s hit The Girl Is Mine. The second single Pipes of Peace was number 1 in the UK. In the video clip McCartney attacked the Christmas fraternization German and English soldiers in WWI. However, the album failed to match the previous at the reviews. The next McCartney projects were well received by critics on little support.

In November 1984 We All Stand Together appeared from the animated film Rupert and the Frog Song. The movie Broad Street (with Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach) flopped, but the soundtrack Give My Regards to Broad Street, published in October 1984, and the single (No More Lonely Nights) were successful. McCartney led the failure of the film later on the fact back that he had written the script alone, rather than pass on his ideas to experienced writers.

The following year, composed and sang the theme song McCartney for the movie Spies Like Us (dt :. Spies Like Us), the single was released in November 1984th In addition, he participated in charity projects, so when initiated by Bob Geldof Live Aid concert for Africa and the associated single Do They Know It’s Christmas?

With Press to Play (where he met Eric Stewart worked by the band 10cc) entered McCartney in September 1986 again musical territory, but commercial success was. This was also true for the single Once Upon a Long Ago that his greatest-hits album All the Best announced in November 1987th

In 1988, the album Снова в СССР appeared (Back in the USSR), which contained only classic rock ‘n’ roll pieces of the 1950s and was initially available only in the Soviet Union. A few years later (after many re-imports or bootlegs were put on the market) was released the album in September 1991 regularly worldwide.

After release of the album Flowers in the Dirt, in June 1989, on the McCartney on some titles worked with Elvis Costello, he went on tour in 1989/1990. This was a great commercial success, it was followed in November 1990, a live album titled Tripping the Live Fantastic. As with the last major tour of Wings a live album was released. Richard Lester (Director of the Beatles movies Yeah Yeah Yeah and Hi-Hi-Hilfe!) Turned on request McCartney a concert film (Get Back), which first ran in cinemas and was later released as a video / DVD.

Since 1990

In January 1991, McCartney appeared as part of the mission of the unplugged channel MTV. McCartney attacked in this performance not only on his own compositions back, but played many songs he had heard as a child and had influenced him more or less. The concert in the small by his standards framework inspired him then to several similar performances in the UK; it was released in May 1991 as an album. In October 1991 he was the first classical album by Paul McCartney (Liverpool Oratorio); in the 1990s was followed by two more classical works: Standing Stone (September 1997) and Working Classical (November 1999).

In February 1993, the album Off the Ground, its contained with Hope of Deliverance today last Top 10 hit in Germany appeared. The ensuing world tour was in comparison to the tour 1989/1990 fell short of expectations. The “event” the return of McCartney on stage was no longer new, slackened the audience’s interest. McCartney had sharply increased its use in these tours on songs from the repertoire of the Beatles. These have been acclaimed by most. A live album (Paul is Live) was published in November 1993; in the same month appeared under the pseudonym Fireman, a collaboration with Youth, the instrumental album Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest, another appeared in September 1998 under the title Rushes.

As McCartney had dealt with the idea of ​​a comprehensive Beatles documentation for some time, the clarification of various disputes came with his former bandmates at just the right time.

George Harrison and Ringo Starr working with McCartney together on the Beatles Anthology, which was published 1995/1996 on three double CD albums with previously not widely available demo, live and alternate versions of many Beatles songs as well as a ten-hour documentary. In addition, two new Beatles tracks have been released: Free as a Bird and Real Love. These were based on demo recordings of John Lennon and elaborated by McCartney, Harrison and Starr to produce songs.

McCartney discovered his love for painting became acquainted with various exhibitions abroad. He began to engage in charity. In the 1990s he was engaged in the establishment of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA). In 2002, he designed a series of stamps for the Isle of Man.

His next solo album Flaming Pie in 1997 was commercially successful and was considered by critics as the best album since Band on the Run. Less successful were Run Devil Run (October 1999) and Driving Rain (November 2001); however, the compilation album Wings Span (May 2001) was a commercial success. composed for the movie Vanilla Sky and he sang the same title song was nominated for an Oscar.

In 1999 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2002/2003 was followed by a new tour, on the pieces of Beatles times significantly outperformed the solo work. In November 2002, the live album back appeared in the U.S. in the US; the rest of the world in 2003 Back in the World was published in March. In September 2005, published Chaos and Creation in the Backyard – highly praised by the music press – and the technical and experimental album Twin Freaks in June of 2005.

On 17 April 1998 he wife Linda died of breast cancer.

2002 married McCartney former model Heather Mills, with whom he a daughter (Beatrice, born October 29, 2003). The marriage was dissolved on 17 March of 2008.

On 25 September 2006, the album Ecce Cor Meum appeared. It is the fourth album McCartney’s classical music. The recording of the album took from 13 to 17 March 2006 at Abbey Road Studios instead.

In March 2007, McCartney announced the signing of the contract with the US label Hear Music. He was the first artist of the newly founded Starbucks label. In June 2007, appeared on this label album Memory Almost Full, which received good reviews and was nominated in three categories for the Grammy of 2008.

On 25 September 2008 he was in Tel Aviv before 45,000 spectators, the largest pop concert in the history of Israel. He previously had been occupied 44 years with a performance ban.

On 24 November 2008 McCartney published together with Martin Glover as The Fireman their third album Electric Arguments, which received good reviews.

After a joint appearance with Ringo Starr at a charity concert in New York on April 4, 2009 it was reported that both want to collaborate musically. That same year, a joint album should be completed according to press reports, but this was never confirmed by both artists. In January the album appeared Y Not by Ringo Starr, can be heard on the two songs together with McCartney.

On July 17, 18 and 21, 2009, McCartney joined the opening of Citi Field Stadium in New York in front of nearly 110,000 fans, a live album was released in December 2009. At the same location, the Shea Stadium had found, in which the Beatles had played on August 15, 1965. 55,000 fans.

In December 2009, followed by the tour, Good Evening Europe ‘with the stations Hamburg, Berlin, Arnhem, Paris, Cologne, Dublin and London.

On 3 October 2011, the album Ocean’s Kingdom appeared. It’s Paul McCartney’s fifth classical album and contains the music for the eponymous ballet, which was first performed by the New York City Ballet on 22 September, 2011.

On 7 February 2012, the album was released Kisses on the Bottom. It’s an album with strong proportions of jazz music. The songs My Valentine and Only Our Hearts were released as singles and released.

His performance of the song Hey Jew formed after midnight the musical finale of the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games, which began on July 27, 2012 in London.

In October 2013, the album New appeared.

Social commitment

The couple Paul and Linda McCartney was involved in animal welfare. So the two set a both against animal experiments and against the exploitation of animals for food and fur. Both were vegetarians in the 1970s. Musically testifies the song Looking for Changes on the album Off the Ground. 2005 supported McCartney and Heather Mills to protest against the seal hunt through photos with young seals in the Canadian Gulf of St. Lawrence.