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Sir James Paul McCartney MBE

An English Musician, Artist, Composer.

One of the worlds most prolific song writers and has been an active musician since 1957.

Founding member of The Beatles.The Beatles disbanded in 1970.

Paul McCartney, born in Liverpool Walton Hospital, in Liverpool, England, where his mother, Mary, had worked as a nurse in the maternity ward. He has one brother, Michael, born 7 January 1944.

In 1947, at age five, he began attending Stockton Wood Road Primary school. He then attended the Joseph Williams Junior School, and passed the 11-plus exam in 1953.

In 1955 the McCartney family moved to 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton.

On 31 October 1956, Mary McCartney who was a heavy smoker died of an embolism after a mastectomy operation to stop the spread of her breast cancer.

McCartney's father was a trumpet player and pianist who had led Jim Mac's Jazz Band in the 1920s.

McCartney met Lennon and the Quarrymen a band formed by John Lennon with several school friends at the Woolton St. Peter's church hall fete on 6 July 1957.

McCartney and Linda Eastman were married at a small civil ceremony when Linda was four months pregnant with McCartney's child at Marylebone Registry Office on 12 March 1969.

On 11 June 2002, McCartney married Mills, a former model and anti-landmines campaigner, in an elaborate ceremony at Castle Leslie in Glaslough, County Monaghan, Ireland

At the start of their friendship Lennon's Aunt Mimi disapproved of McCartney because he was, she said, "working class"

Paul McCartney is an Academy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles.

McCartney and John Lennon formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships and "wrote some of the most popular music in rock and roll history.

McCartney is today one of Britain's wealthiest men, with an estimated fortune of £760 million. In addition to his interest in Apple Corps, McCartney's MPL Communications owns a significant music publishing catalogue, with access to over 25,000 copyrights. McCartney earned £40 million in 2003, making him Britain's highest media earner This rose to £48.5 million by 2005.

MPL Communications is the holding company for the business interests of Sir Paul McCartney. In addition to handling McCartney's post-Beatles work, MPL has also become one of the world's largest privately owned music publishers through its acquisition of numerous other publishing companies.MPL, which stands for "McCartney Productions Limited," is based in London and New York.

MPL publishing owns a wide range of copyrighted material - covering nearly 100 years of music - by composers including McCartney, Buddy Holly, Jerry Herman, Frank Loesser, Meredith Willson, Harold Arlen and many others, with songs such as, “Rock-a-bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody” which was made famous by Al Jolson in its catalogue. It also controls 25 subsidiary companies.

McCartney is listed in The Guinness Book Of Records as the most successful musician and composer in popular music history,with sales of 100 million singles and 60 gold discs. McCartney has achieved twenty-nine number-one singles in the U.S., twenty of them with The Beatles, the rest with Wings and as a solo artist.

On 12 June 1965, McCartney and the three other Beatles were appointed Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE); they received their insignia from the Queen at an investiture at Buckingham Palace on 26 October.

On 11 March 1997, he was knighted for his "services to music". He dedicated his knighthood to fellow Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, and to the people of Liverpool

In February 1990, McCartney was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

On 2 July 2005, he was involved with the fastest-released single in history.

His performance of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" with U2 at Live was released only 45 minutes after it was performed, before the end of the concert.

Paul McCartney will receive the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, a US Library of Congress honour bestowed on the likes of Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.

The prize is named for US composer brothers George and Ira Gershwin, many of whose original works are part of the Library's huge collection.

"It is hard to think of another performer and composer who has had a more indelible and transformative effect on popular song and music of several different genres than Paul McCartney," said Librarian of Congress James Billington yesterday, who selected the British icon.
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