84 Facts About Sir Paul McCartney

1. Sir Paul McCartney was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to music.

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2. Sir Paul McCartney was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 as a member of the Beatles and again as a solo artist in 1999.

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3. Sir Paul McCartney inducted Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2015, and played bass on his 2017 album Give More Love.

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4. Sir Paul McCartney released "Here Today" in 1982, a song Everett described as "a haunting tribute" to McCartney's friendship with Lennon.

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5. Sir Paul McCartney told Mojo magazine in 2002 that Lennon was his greatest hero.

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6. In 1983, Sir Paul McCartney said, "I would not have been as typically human and standoffish as I was if I knew John was going to die.

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7. Sir Paul McCartney used to take his glasses down, those granny glasses, and say, "it's only me.

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8. Sir Paul McCartney was always a very warm guy, John.

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9. Sir Paul McCartney's is a former member of the board of the New York area's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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10. In 2002, Sir Paul McCartney married Heather Mills, a former model and anti-landmines campaigner.

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11. Sir Paul McCartney's was nervous about performing with Paul, who explained, "she conquered those nerves, got on with it and was really gutsy.

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12. Sir Paul McCartney looked so beautiful that I made up my mind I would have to pick him up.

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13. Sir Paul McCartney's commented, "It was John who interested me at the start.

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14. Sir Paul McCartney's became a popular photographer with several rock groups, including the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Grateful Dead, the Doors and the Beatles, whom she first met at Sir Paul McCartney'sa Stadium in 1966.

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15. Sir Paul McCartney often chose clothes and make-up for her, encouraging her to grow her hair out like Brigitte Bardot's, and at least once insisting she have it re-styled, to disappointing effect.

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16. Sir Paul McCartney has publicly professed support for Everton, and shown favour for Liverpool.

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17. In 2009, Sir Paul McCartney wrote to Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, asking him why he was not a vegetarian.

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18. Sir Paul McCartney has appeared in the group's campaigns, and in 2009 McCartney narrated a video for them titled "Glass Walls", which was harshly critical of slaughterhouses, the meat industry, and their effect on animal welfare.

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19. Sir Paul McCartney is a supporter of the animal-rights organisation People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

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20. In 1984, while Sir Paul McCartney was on holiday in Barbados, authorities arrested him for possession of marijuana and fined him $200.

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21. Sir Paul McCartney acquired their publishing rights from Ardmore in the mid-1980s, and they are the only two Beatles songs owned by MPL Communications.

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22. Sir Paul McCartney receives writers' royalties which together are 33⅓ percent of total commercial proceeds in the US, and which vary elsewhere between 50 and 55 percent.

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23. Sir Paul McCartney has criticised Jackson's purchase and handling of Northern Songs over the years.

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24. Sir Paul McCartney remains there as of 2012's Kisses on the Bottom.

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25. In 2007, Sir Paul McCartney signed with Hear Music, becoming the label's first artist.

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26. Sir Paul McCartney signed his first recording contract, as a member of the Beatles, with Parlophone Records, an EMI subsidiary, in June 1962.

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27. Sir Paul McCartney produced and hosted The Real Buddy Holly Story, a 1985 documentary featuring interviews with Keith Richards, Phil and Don Everly, the Holly family, and others.

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28. In 2001, Sir Paul McCartney published Blackbird Singing, a volume of poems and lyrics to his songs for which he gave readings in Liverpool and New York City.

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29. Sir Paul McCartney is lead patron of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, a school in the building formerly occupied by the Liverpool Institute for Boys.

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30. Sir Paul McCartney said, "I've been offered an exhibition of my paintings at the Walker Art Gallery.

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31. Sir Paul McCartney took up painting in 1983, and he first exhibited his work in Siegen, Germany, in 1999.

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32. Sir Paul McCartney became interested in painting after watching artist Willem de Kooning work in de Kooning's Long Island studio.

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33. Sir Paul McCartney became involved in the renovation and publicising of the Indica Gallery in Mason's Yard, London, which Barry Miles had co-founded and where Lennon first met Yoko Ono.

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34. In 1971, Sir Paul McCartney bought the publishing rights to Holly's catalogue, and in 1976, on the fortieth anniversary of Holly's birth, McCartney inaugurated the annual "Buddy Holly Week" in England.

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35. Sir Paul McCartney said he wrote "I'm Down" as a vehicle for his Little Richard impersonation.

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36. Sir Paul McCartney called Little Richard an idol, whose falsetto vocalisations inspired McCartney's own vocal technique.

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37. Sir Paul McCartney referred to the finished product as "electronic symphonies".

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38. Sir Paul McCartney continued experimenting with various musical and vocal styles throughout his post-Beatles career.

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39. Sir Paul McCartney is known for his belting power, versatility and wide tenor vocal range, spanning over four octaves.

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40. Sir Paul McCartney has primarily used a Gibson Les Paul for electric work, particularly during live performances.

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41. Sir Paul McCartney said of the instrument, "if I had to pick one electric guitar it would be this.

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42. Sir Paul McCartney played an Epiphone Texan on many of his acoustic recordings, but used a Martin D-28.

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43. Sir Paul McCartney uses Mesa Boogie bass amplifiers while performing live.

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44. Sir Paul McCartney changed back to the Hofner around 1990 for that reason.

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45. Sir Paul McCartney was influenced by Brian Wilson, as he commented: "because he went to very unusual places".

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46. Sir Paul McCartney was strongly influenced by Motown artists, in particular James Jamerson, whom McCartney called a hero for his melodic style.

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47. On 20 June 2018, Sir Paul McCartney released two songs, "I Don't Know" and "Come On to Me", from his album Egypt Station, which was released on 7 September through Capitol Records.

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48. Sir Paul McCartney appeared in the adventure film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which was released in 2017.

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49. Sir Paul McCartney shared lead vocals on the Alice Cooper-led Hollywood Vampires supergroup's cover of his song "Come and Get It" which appears on their debut album, released 11 September 2015.

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50. Sir Paul McCartney is a featured guest on West's 2015 single "All Day", which features Theophilus London and Allan Kingdom.

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51. In 2014, Sir Paul McCartney wrote and performed "Hope for the Future", the ending song for the video game Destiny.

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52. On 14 August 2014, Sir Paul McCartney performed the final concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California before its demolition.

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53. In July 2011, Sir Paul McCartney performed at two sold-out concerts at the new Yankee Stadium.

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54. Sir Paul McCartney's enduring fame has made him a popular choice to open new venues.

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55. Sir Paul McCartney contributed the song "Nova" to a tribute album of classical, choral music called A Garland for Linda, dedicated to his late wife.

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56. Sir Paul McCartney recorded a radio series called Oobu Joobu in 1995 for the American network Westwood One, which he described as "widescreen radio".

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57. Sir Paul McCartney released the rock album Off the Ground in 1993.

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58. In 1991, Sir Paul McCartney performed a selection of acoustic-only songs on MTV Unplugged and released a live album of the performance titled Unplugged.

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59. Sir Paul McCartney ventured into orchestral music in 1991, when the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society commissioned a musical piece by him to celebrate its sesquicentennial.

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60. In 1988, Sir Paul McCartney released Снова в СССР, initially available only in the Soviet Union, which contained eighteen covers; recorded over the course of two days.

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61. Sir Paul McCartney collaborated with Eric Stewart on Press to Play, with Stewart co-writing more than half the songs on the LP.

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62. Sir Paul McCartney participated in Live Aid, performing "Let it Be", but technical difficulties rendered his vocals and piano barely audible for the first two verses, punctuated by squeals of feedback.

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63. Sir Paul McCartney composed and recorded the track in four days, with Phil Ramone co-producing.

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64. In 1984, Sir Paul McCartney starred in the musical Give My Regards to Broad Street, a feature film he wrote and produced which included Starr in an acting role.

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65. Sir Paul McCartney earned his latest UK number one as of 2014 with the title track of his LP release that year, "Pipes of Peace".

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66. Sir Paul McCartney wanted the tour to avoid large venues; most of the small halls they played had capacities of fewer than 3,000 people.

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67. Sir Paul McCartney filed a suit for the band's formal dissolution on 31 December 1970.

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68. Sir Paul McCartney was in the midst of business disagreements with his bandmates when he announced his departure from the group on 10 April 1970.

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69. In October 1969, a rumour surfaced that Sir Paul McCartney had died in a car crash in 1966 and been replaced by a lookalike, but this was quickly refuted when a November Life magazine cover featured him and his family, accompanied by the caption "Paul is still with us".

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70. In March 1969, Sir Paul McCartney married his first wife, Linda Eastman, and in August, the couple had their first child, Mary, named after his late mother.

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71. Sir Paul McCartney largely directed the film, which brought the group their first unfavourable critical response.

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72. Sir Paul McCartney stepped in to fill that void and gradually became the de facto leader and business manager of the group that Lennon had once led.

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73. Sir Paul McCartney invented the fictional band of the album's title track.

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74. Sir Paul McCartney was inspired to create a new persona for the group, to serve as a vehicle for experimentation and to demonstrate to their fans that they had musically matured.

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75. Sir Paul McCartney said of the album, "we'd had our cute period, and now it was time to expand.

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76. At the age of fifteen on 6 July 1957, Sir Paul McCartney met John Lennon and his band, the Quarrymen, at the St Peter's Church Hall fete in Woolton.

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77. Sir Paul McCartney wrote his first song, "I Lost My Little Girl", on the Zenith, and composed another early tune that would become "When I'm Sixty-Four" on the piano.

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78. Sir Paul McCartney gave Paul a nickel-plated trumpet for his fourteenth birthday, but when rock and roll became popular on Radio Luxembourg, McCartney traded it for a £15 Framus Zenith acoustic guitar, since he wanted to be able to sing while playing.

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79. On 31 October 1956, when Sir Paul McCartney was 14, his mother died of an embolism.

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80. Sir Paul McCartney has married three times and is the father of five children.

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81. Sir Paul McCartney has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education.

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82. Sir Paul McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music.

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83. Sir Paul McCartney is one of the wealthiest musicians in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$1.2 billion.

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84. Sir Paul McCartney is one of the most successful composers and performers of all time.

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