biography, discography, solo career and with The Beatles

How much do you know about Paul McCartney? We present you the biography and some of the highlights in the life of the glorious exBeatle.

Few are those who can claim to be true legends of music. Paul McCartney is one of them. Born in the city of Liverpool on June 18, 1942, who was a member of The Beatles is one of the most important composers not only in the history of rock but of music in general.

Together with John Lennon and in his solo stage, McCartney shaped many songs that are now part of pop culture. His work, life and other details are one of the most fascinating odyssey in rock history.

Paul McCartney and his time with The Beatles

The Liverpool-born lived with The Beatles his takeoff as a celebrity and his consummation as an artist. From 1963, the year of their recording debut, until their separation in 1971, the Liverpool Quartet was one of the most important bands on the world music scene.

In large part, this was due to the team of Paul and John Lennon, who wrote most of the band’s record material under the supervision and advice of producer George Martin.

Paul McCartney y John Lennon (Foto de Val Wilmer/Redferns)

The Beatles recorded a total of 13 studio albums. Most of them today are masterpieces that continue to be analyzed, celebrated and listened to by musicians and critics. George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney knew how to give their music a distinctive touch on each album, as each of them showed a clear evolution and a desire to experiment with new sounds.

Paul McCartney and The Beatles impacted the world not only musically but also culturally: they became idols and gurus of a time where rebellion, sexual awakening and the opening of consciousness to other horizons were part of a sector of the youth .

The Beatles. Getty Images

The birth of Wings

In 1970, The Beatles released their last official album: Let It Be. That same year, Paul released his first solo album, entitled McCartney, which made even more tense the relationship between him and his bandmates that would lead to the final separation of The Beatles in 1971.

The bassist would not waste time and next to his wife, the photographer Linda Eastman (with whom he had married in 1969), he would edit his second solo work, which is named Ram.

Willing to give a turn to his career, in the same 1971, McCartney formed the band Wings that debuted with the album Wild Life. This work would be followed by eight more albums that did nothing more than support Paul’s prolific musician status.

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Grupo Wings during a European tour in Juan-les-Pins, France, in 1972. (Photograph by Reg Lancaster / Daily Express / Hulton Archive / Getty Images)

Con Wings, McCartney escribió piezas claves de su etapa post Beatle como “Band on the Run”, “Jet”, “My Love”, “Live and Let Die”, “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five” o “Let Me Roll It”.

Yet exactly ten years after The Beatles broke up, Wings suffered the same fate. The band came to an end in 1981 and McCartney began a solo career.

His solo career (1980s)

During the 1980s, Paul McCartney collaborated with other renowned artists such as Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Eric Stewart, and Elvis Costello. He also took the time to produce a musical, Give My Regards to Broad Street, in which his former Beatles partner Ringo Starr starred.

In 1989, the musician embarked alongside his wife and other musicians on one of his most iconic tours as a soloist, The Paul McCartney World Tour, the first since Wings split in 1981. On April 21, 1990 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, McCartney broke an audience record when he performed in front of 184,000 people at the Maracana Stadium.

His solo career (90s)

In addition to rock and roll, McCartney always had a particular interest in classical music, which was reflected in 1991 when he premiered the Liverpool Oratorio for orchestra and choir. This piece was commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society to celebrate its sesquicentennial.

In 1993, Mexico experienced a historic event for beatlemania when Paul McCartney performed on November 25 and 27 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez as part of the itinerary of The New World Tour, which served to promote the album Off the Ground. It was the first time that Paul McCartney played before a Mexican audience and he was greeted like a hero.

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Paul McCartney en vivo and The New World Tour. (Photo de Rob Verhorst/Redferns)

A historic event occurred when between 1994 and 1995, Paul met George Harrison and Ringo Starr for the first time in a recording studio (by then John Lennon had been dead for 15 years). The meeting took place at Harrison’s mansion (Friar Park) to record an impromptu session that appeared in the documentary The Beatles Anthology, published in 2003. In it, Ringo pronounced one of his most celebrated phrases: “I like hanging out with you guys” (“I like to hang out with you guys”).

In 1998, the musician suffered one of the most important tragedies of his life when his wife Linda died of cancer.

His solo career (2000s)

After the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, McCartney composed one of the great pacifist anthems in rock history: “Freedom.” With new backing musicians (guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, and drummer Abe Laboriel, Jr.), the Englishman embarked on a new world tour in 2002 (Driving World Tour) that brought him back to Mexico and from which a live album came out.

In 2002, Paul married former model and activist Heather Mills. Just four years later, the couple divorced. Of course, they conceived a daughter named Beatrice Milly. The divorce process was tortuous for the ex-beatle and Mills managed to extract a millionaire sum from him to support his daughter.

In November of that same year, the musician participated in the Concert for George at the Royal Albert Hall in London to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of his friend George Harrison.

The first decade of the 21st century meant for McCartney the opportunity to participate in important events alongside highly prestigious musicians and to record outstanding projects such as Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005) in which the musician plays most of the instruments.

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Paul McCartney y Heather Mills McCartney (Foto de J.Tregidgo/WireImage)

His solo career (2010s)

In May 2012, McCartney returned to Mexico to once again establish himself as a king before the national audience. Among many other memorable concerts, he was invited to close the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London on July 27.

The same 2012 witnessed the musician’s third marriage, in this case with the American businesswoman Nancy Shevell, a friend of his ex-wife Linda and 18 years younger than Paul. The relationship is said to date back to 2007.

True to his habit of collaborating with musicians of all styles and eras, Paul provided his voice for the song “Come and Get It” by the Hollywood Vampires band made up of Alice Cooper, Joe Perry and Johnny Depp.

Fans of the musician and the saga The pirates of the caribbean in 2017 had the pleasure of seeing Paul’s participation in Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, playing the role of Captain Jack Sparrow’s uncle, played by Johnny Depp with whom he has a close friendship.

Egypt Station, from 2018, showed us a McCartney in pain art form. The album was released through Capitol Records. Two years later, the British stormed the market again with McCartney III, his most recent production where the musician returns to take charge of all the instruments.

Along with studio records with The Beatles and Wings, this work would be number 37 in Sir Paul’s career. A legend who lives by and for music.

Discography of Paul McCartney with The Beatles

Please, Please Me (1963)

With The Beatles (1963)

A Hard Day’s Night (1964)

Beatles for Sale (1964)

Help! (1965)

Rubber Soul (1965)

Revolver (1966)

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

Magical Mystery Tour (1967)

The Beatles (1968)

Abbey Road (1969)

Let It Be (1970)

Paul McCartney discography with Wings

Wild Life (1971)

Red Rose Speedway (1973)

Band on the Run (1973)

Venus and Mars (1975)

Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)

London Town (1978)

Back to the Egg (1979)

Discography of Paul McCartney as a soloist

McCartney (1970)

Ram (1971)

McCartney II (1980)

Tug of War (1982)

Pipes of Peace (1983)

Presss to Play (1986)

Back in the USSR (1988)

Flowers in the Dirt (1989)

Off the Ground (1993)

Flaming Pie (1997)

Run Devil Run (1999)

Driving Rain (2001)

Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005)

Memory Almost Full (2007)

Kisses on the Bottom (2012)

New (2013)

Egypt Station (2018)

McCartney III (2020)