The 78 years old Pop star Paul McCartney’s Lifestyle and career still rocking since 1957

Paul playing guitar at home in London. Photo by @lindamccartney from the

 

Self-taught musician Paul McCartney is known for his melodic approach to bass-playing, his versatile and wide tenor vocal range, and his diversity in music. He is proficient not just on the bass, but also on guitars, keyboards, and drums. Exploring styles ranging from pre-rock and roll pop to classical and electronica, McCartney began his career as a member of the Quarrymen, which later evolved into the Beatles. His Beatles songs And I Love Her (1964), Yesterday (1965), Eleanor Rigby (1966), and Blackbird (1968) rank among the most covered songs in history.

Paul McCartney early life

 

His mother, Mary McCartney, was a maternity nurse, and his father, James McCartney, was a cotton salesman and jazz pianist with a local band. Unfortunately, when McCartney was only 14 years old, his mother died of complications after a mastectomy.

His father would encourage him to try out multiple musical instruments and so he did; thus began McCartney’s lifelong love affair with music at a precocious age. Though he also took formal music lessons as a boy, he preferred to learn by ear, teaching himself the Spanish guitar, trumpet, and piano. 

Career & Achievements

Photoshoot for The Beatles Abbey Road Photo: instagram.com/paulmccartney

McCartney’s career began with his serendipitous meet with John Lennon happened in 1957 at a church festival where Lennon’s band, the Quarrymen, was performing. They two built an almost instant rapport and consequently, McCartney was invited to the band and quickly became the group’s songwriters, along with Lennon. 

By 1960, the group had settled on a new name, The Beatles, and Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Pete Best became a part of their set-up. But soon, Sutcliffe would fall in love with a local artist and photographer, Astrid Kirchherr, who helped create the Beatles’ look like a band and personally as well. This prompted Sutcliffe to leave the band and start a life with Astrid, and thus McCartney was finally free to take over the bass, a position he had been waiting a long time for. 

After the Beatles recorded their first tracks, they garnered the attention of Brian Epstein, a music columnist, who went to see them perform and knew immediately that he wanted to manage them. Epstein refined their look and their onstage performance and worked himself to the ground trying to get them a record deal until finally producer George Martin signed them to EMI

The impact that the Beatles would ultimately have on ’60s pop culture was impossible to predict and hard to overstate; Beatlemania soon gripped the world starting an era that would have a lasting impact on rock ‘n’ roll. McCartney wrote more hits for the band than any other member, including songs like Yesterday, Hey Jude, Let It Be, and Hello, Goodbye, providing the soundtrack for a generation.

Between the years 1962 and 1970, The Beatles released 12 studio albums and toured constantly until 1966. However, The Beatles disbanded in 1970, breaking fans’ hearts worldwide. But McCartney persisted and had no intention of dropping out of the public eye. With the release of his self-titled album in 1970, the singer initiated his solo career. And thanks to how well-received the album was for him, McCartney then formed the band Wings, winning two Grammy Awards and churning out multiple hit singles whilst in the band. 

But with the good also comes the bad. The 1980s proved to be a trying time for McCartney. His former bandmate, longtime partner and friend, John Lennon, with whom he had only recently reconciled after years of feuding, was murdered outside his New York City apartment. Because of this, McCartney stopped touring and did not take it up again for almost a decade. 

 The 2000s- 

More recently in 2012, McCartney released Kisses on the Bottom, which featured renditions of some of his favorite songs from childhood, including classics like It’s Only a Paper Moon and My Valentine. He headlined the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, and he released his album New, which was executive produced by Giles Martin, the son of longtime Beatles producer Sir George Martin. The next year, McCartney collaborated with Kanye West on the single Only One and worked together another time, with singer Rihanna, on the hit FourFiveSeconds.

In June 2018, two days after his 76th birthday, McCartney released the ballad I Don’t Know and the more upbeat Come On To Me, from an upcoming album, Egypt Station

Paul McCartney Net Worth

As of 2020, Paul McCartney’s net worth is $1.2 Billion, making him the richest rock star of all time.

Other Ventures

McCartney’s interests extend far beyond music. Being a long time vegetarian, he teamed up with daughters Mary and Stella in 2009 to launch Meat Free Monday, a not-for-profit campaign that aims to raise awareness about the detrimental impact of meat consumption on individual health as well as the environment. 

That same year, McCartney found time for a big-screen cameo in the feature Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, starring Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem. In 2019, he also published a children’s book, Hey Grandude! with illustrator Kathryn Durst.

In 2012, he was named the MusiCares’ Person of the Year in honor of his artistic achievement and dedication to philanthropy.

Interesting facts

The 78-year-old has witnessed quite a lot during his career. In September of 2001, he watched the fatal attack on New York City from the tarmac at JFK Airport and then became one of the organizers for The Concert for New York City.

McCartney is pop music royalty. For his contributions to global rock ‘n’ roll culture, he has been knighted, named a fellow at the Royal College of Music, was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, among multitudes of other honors. 

In 2010, President Barack Obama awarded him the Gershwin Prize, the highest award a musician can receive in America.

Paul McCartney’s Personal Life

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In 1969, McCartney had married Linda Eastman, an American photographer who would serve as his muse for the next 30 years. He added that “every love song I write is for Linda.” The family had four children: Heather, Mary, Stella, and James. But tragedy struck in 1998 when McCartney’s wife of 29 years passed after a long battle with cancer.

Although he had a difficult time moving on, four years later the musician married Heather Mills, a former model, and activist. They welcomed a daughter, Beatrice, in 2003. Amid much tabloid scrutiny and intense animosity, McCartney and Mills parted ways in 2006 on unpleasant terms. 

Five years later, the singer then met his match in New York businesswoman Nancy Shevell, and married for the third time, in October 2011, in London. McCartney’s wife, Shevell, and he met over 20 years ago in the Hamptons, on New York’s Long Island, where both owned homes. It has also been rumored that Shevell’s second cousin, journalist Barbara Walters, saw a love match possibility between the two and threw parties making sure both were in attendance. If the rumors are indeed true, Walters sure knew exactly what she was doing because the couple is still happy and together almost a decade after their marriage.

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