If you’re online today, you’re impacted by the tributes to Paul McCartney‘s 80th birthday. One of the founders of The Beatles and a music legend, Sir Paul is still around and adored just as he was as a teenager in the 1960s. He built a solid career dedicated to what he likes to do, he won awards and honors and all fame is absolutely fair. Genius. God. (as I said) Legend.
Musician, composer, multi-instrumentalist, ex-Beatle, knight of the British Crown, the young Englishman from Liverpool, alongside his friends John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he has remained a reference for ALL artists since The Beatles became fever. At the time, he was just 21 years old. His compositions with Lennon are still considered the best of the 20th century.
From the prettiest or funniest Beatle or even the most romantic, in his solo career that spans more than 5 decades, Paul McCartney has become a star in his own right. It still sells out stadiums, at 80. Fans still cry when they see him. Singular is not enough to define it.
Born into a simple family on June 18, 1942, he worked as a salesman but was always encouraged by his father to develop his passion for music. He lost his mother at a young age, and at age 14 he received a trumpet from his father, Jim, who was part of a jazz band as a trumpeter and pianist. A fan of Elvis Presley, Paul changed the instrument for a guitar because he also wanted to sing.
He met John Lennon in 1956, and joined his band, The Quarrymen, as a guitarist, but two years later he called another friend, George Harrison, into the group that changed its name to The Beatles. Somewhat reluctantly, he became the band’s bassist. As a left-hander, he made history by reversing the instrument’s position to play better.
The band became a phenomenon and success eventually tore them apart. The best way to still see them, in the end, working together is through the documentary Get Back.
In his personal life, Paul spent much of his career married to Linda Eastman, with whom he had three children and adopted her firstborn. After being a widower, in 1998, he had a troubled and short marriage with Heather Mills, and today he has been married for over 10 years to American Nancy Shevell.
Activist, pacifist, fashionista, and vegan Paul McCartney has at least 32 songs topping the Billboard Hot 100, two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of the Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 1999), an Oscar, 18 Grammy Awards, an appointment as a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1965 and a knighthood in 1997 for services to music. Naturally, he is one of the richest musicians in the world.
Today, playlists and lists of the best moments, best looks, and best songs are popping up everywhere. My guess? Review Get Back and the beautiful McCartney 3, 2, 1 series by Starplus. And listen to Beatles, Wings, or Sir Paul solo. At full volume.
Congratulations, Sir Paul McCartney!