Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney (born June 18, 1942) is an English pop-rock singer, bassist, and songwriter from Liverpool who rose to fame as one-fourth of The Beatles, which he co-founded in 1959 with songwriting partner John Lennon. Between 1963 and 1969, they recorded eleven proper studio albums and spearheaded the British beat and psychedelic booms.

McCartney debuted as a solo artist in April 1970 with a self-recorded album on Apple, followed by 1971’s Ram, co-credited to his keyboard-playing wife Linda. Soon after, the couple formed Wings with original Moody Blues frontman Denny Laine. Between 1971 and 1979, Wings released seven studio albums, assorted singles, and a live double-LP with an ever-changing cast of guitarists and drummers.

In 1980, McCartney resumed his solo career with a second eponymous album, followed by the popular 1982 release Tug of War, which reunited him with Beatles producer George Martin. The decade also yielded high-profile collaborations with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson, as well as three proper studio albums and a soundtrack between 1983 and 1989.

Wings members: Paul McCartney (vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar, percussion, drums), Linda McCartney (keyboards, vocals), Denny Laine (guitar, vocals, bass), Denny Seiwell (drums, 1971-73), Henry McCullough (guitar, 1971-73), Geoff Britton (drums, 1974-75), Jimmy McCulloch (guitar, vocals, 1974-77), Joe English (drums, vocals, 1975-77), Laurence Juber (guitar, 1978-81), Steve Holley (drums, 1978-81)


Early Life

He was born James Paul McCartney on June 18, 1942, in Liverpool at Walton Hospital where his mother, Mary Patricia (née Mohin), was a certified nurse practitioner. His father, Jim McCartney (1902–1976), was the trumpeter and namesake leader of Jim Mac’s Jazz Band, a 1920s dixieland ensemble. After a period of wartime re-housing, Mary and Jim raised James Paul and his younger brother, Peter Michael (b. January 7, 1944), in a council estate in the Speke, a southeast Liverpool suburb. From childhood, family and peers referred to James Paul by his middle name.

Between 1949 and 1953, Paul attended Joseph Williams Junior School, where he was one of three students (from a class of 90) to pass the 11-plus exam, which gained him entrance to the Liverpool Institute. In 1954, he befriended schoolmate George Harrison (b. 1953) on a bus ride from Speke. That year, the McCartneys moved to 20 Forthlin Road in Allerton. On Halloween 1956, Mary died of an embolism from complications over breast cancer surgery.

Jim McCartney kept an upright household piano and encouraged his sons’ musical activities. He wanted Paul to train as a classical pianist but the young McCartney preferred to play by ear. Jim gifted Paul a nickel-plated trumpet for his fourteenth birthday, which coincided with the UK arrival of rock ‘n’ roll via Radio Luxembourg. In light of this development, Paul traded the trumpet for a Framus Zenith (model 17) acoustic guitar, which allowed him to sing and play simultaneously. Peter Michael (later known as Mike McGear) also took up piano and guitar.

As a left-handed individual, Paul found it hard to play right-handed instruments. Inspired by left-handed American country singer Slim Whitman, Paul reversed the strings on his guitar. He used the Zenith to write his first ever song, “I Lost My Little Girl.” He idolized American rock ‘n’ roller Little Richard. Paul made his first public performance at a talent competition at Butlin’s Filey holiday camp, where he performed Richard’s 1956 hit “Long Tall Sally.”

On July 6, 1957, Paul attended a fête at St Peter’s Church in Woolton, where he met singer–guitarist John Lennon, the sixteen-year-old frontman of The Quarrymen, a Liverpool rock and skiffle band. They soon on-boarded Paul as a rhythm guitarist. Paul formed a songwriting partnership with John. In 1958, Paul brought his fifteen-year-old friend George Harrison into the fold. After the Quarrymen’s breakup, the three reconstituted as the Silver Beetles with Lennon’s bassist friend Stuart Sutcliffe.


1970


McCartney

Paul McCartney released his debut solo album, McCartney, on April 17, 1970, on Apple.

1. “The Lovely Linda” – 0:43
2. “That Would Be Something” – 2:38
3. “Valentine Day” – 1:39
4. “Every Night” – 2:31
5. “Hot as Sun/Glasses” – 2:07
6. “Junk” – 1:54
7. “Man We Was Lonely” – 2:56

8. “Oo You” – 2:48
9. “Momma Miss America” – 4:04
10. “Teddy Boy” – 2:22
11. “Singalong Junk” – 2:34
12. “Maybe I’m Amazed” – 3:53
13. “Kreen-Akrore” – 4:15

Recorded 1 December 1969 – 25 February 1970
Studio McCartney’s home, London
Morgan, Willesden, London
EMI, London
Producer Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney – vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano, organ, percussion, wineglasses, Mellotron, effects
Linda McCartney – harmony vocals


1971


“Another Day”

On February 19, 1971, Paul McCartney released the standalone single “Another Day,” an acoustic vignette backed with “Oh Woman, Oh Why.” 


Ram

On May 17, 1971, Paul and Linda McCartney released Ram, their only album as a duo.

1. “Too Many People” (Paul McCartney) – 4:10
2. “3 Legs” (P. McCartney) – 2:44
3. “Ram On” (P. McCartney) – 2:26
4. “Dear Boy” (P. McCartney, Linda McCartney) – 2:12
5. “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” (P. McCartney, L. McCartney) – 4:49
6. “Smile Away” (P. McCartney) – 3:51

7. “Heart of the Country” (P. McCartney, L. McCartney) – 2:21
8. “Monkberry Moon Delight” (P. McCartney, L. McCartney) – 5:21
9. “Eat at Home” (P. McCartney, L. McCartney) – 3:18
10. “Long Haired Lady” (P. McCartney, L. McCartney) – 5:54
11. “Ram On (Reprise)” (P. McCartney) – 0:52
12. “The Back Seat of My Car” (P. McCartney) – 4:26

Recorded 16 October 1970 – 1 March 1971
Studio Columbia and A&R (New York)
Sound Recording (Los Angeles)
Producer Paul McCartney Linda McCartney

Paul McCartney – lead and harmony vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, ukulele on “Ram On”, bass, piano, keyboards
Linda McCartney – harmony and backing vocals; co-lead vocals on “Long Haired Lady”
David Spinozza – guitar on “3 Legs”, “Eat at Home”, “The Back Seat of My Car”, and “Another Day”
Hugh McCracken – guitar
Denny Seiwell – drums
Heather McCartney – backing vocals on “Monkberry Moon Delight”
Marvin Stamm – flugelhorn on “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”
New York Philharmonic on “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”,”Long Haired Lady”, and “The Back Seat of My Car”

“Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”
Released: 2 August 1971 (US)
“The Back Seat of My Car”
Released: 13 August 1971 (UK)
“Eat at Home”
Released: 2 September 1971 (Europe only, excluding UK)


Wings


Wild Life

Wings released their debut album, Wild Life, on December 7, 1971, on Apple. It features nine Paul–Linda originals and a cover of the 1957 Mickey & Sylvia hit “Love Is Strange.”

1. “Mumbo” (3:54)
2. “Bip Bop” (4:14)
3. “Love Is Strange” (4:50) written by Mickey Baker, Sylvia Vanderpool and Ethel Smith
4. “Wild Life” (6:48)

5. “Some People Never Know” (6:35)
6. “I Am Your Singer” (2:15)
7. “Bip Bop (Link)” (0:52)
8. “Tomorrow” (3:28)
9. “Dear Friend” (5:53)
10. “Mumbo (Link)” (0:46)

Recorded 25 July – 2 August 1971
Studio EMI, London
Producer Paul McCartney
Alan Parsons and Tony Clark – engineering

Paul McCartney – lead vocals, bass guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, recorder, percussion
Linda McCartney – co-lead vocals (“Love Is Strange”, “Some People Never Know”, “I Am Your Singer”), keyboards, piano, percussion, backing vocals
Denny Laine – guitars, bass guitar, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals
Denny Seiwell – drums, percussion


1972


“Give Ireland Back to the Irish”

On February 25, 1972, Paul McCartney & Wings released “Give Ireland Back to the Irish,” a protest single backed with an instrumental version of the song.


“Mary Had a Little Lamb”

On May 12, 1972, Paul McCartney & Wings released “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” a Paul–Linda number backed with “Little Woman Love.” 


“Hi, Hi, Hi”

On December 1, 1972, Paul McCartney & Wings released “Hi, Hi, Hi,” a Paul–Linda number backed with “C Moon.”


1973


Red Rose Speedway

Wings released their second album, Red Rose Speedway, on April 30, 1973, on Apple. Technically, the album was billed as Paul McCartney & Wings.


Band on the Run

Wings released their third album, Band on the Run, on December 5, 1973, on Apple. This was their second of two albums billed as Paul McCartney & Wings.


1974


“Junior’s Farm”

On October 25, 1974, Paul McCartney & Wings released “Junior’s Farm,” a Paul–Linda number backed with “Sally G.”


“Walking in the Park with Eloise”

In late 1974, Paul McCartney & Wings released “Walking in the Park with Eloise,” a Jim McCartney cover backed with “Bridge Over the River Suite.”


1975


Venus and Mars

Wings released their fourth album, Venus and Mars, on May 27, 1975, on Capitol.


1976


Wings at the Speed of Sound

Wings released their fifth album, Wings at the Speed of Sound, on March 25, 1976, on Capitol.


Wings Over America

On December 10, 1976, Wings released the live double-album Wings Over America.


1977

Thrillington (1977, recorded 1971 • Percy “Thrills” Thrillington)

Suzy and the Red Stripes – “Seaside Woman” / “B-Side to Seaside”


“Mull of Kintyre”

On November 11, 1977, Paul McCartney & Wings released “Mull of Kintyre,” a McCartney–Laine folk song backed with the rocker “Girls’ School.”


1978


London Town

Wings released their sixth studio album, London Town, on March 31, 1978, on Parlophone (UK) and Capitol (US).


1979


“Goodnight Tonight”

On March 23, 1979, Paul McCartney & Wings released “Goodnight Tonight,” a McCartney disco-pop number backed with “Daytime Nighttime Suffering.”


Back to the Egg

Wings released their seventh studio album, Back to the Egg, on June 8, 1979, on Parlophone and Capitol.


“Wonderful Christmastime”

On November 16, 1979, Paul McCartney & Wings released “Wonderful Christmastime,” a McCartney yuletide original backed with “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae (Instrumental).”


1980


McCartney II

Paul McCartney released his second solo album, McCartney II, on May 16, 1980, on Parlophone and Columbia.


1981–1982

Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder – “Ebony and Ivory”


Tug of War

Paul McCartney released his third solo album, Tug of War, on April 26, 1982, on Parlophone and Columbia.


1983

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney – “The Girl Is Mine”


Pipes of Peace

Paul McCartney released his fourth solo album, Pipes of Peace, on October 31, 1983, on Parlophone and Columbia.


Give My Regards to Broad Street

On June 10, 1984, Paul McCartney released Give My Regards to Broad Street, his fifth solo album and the soundtrack to the title-sake movie.


“Spies Like Us”


Discography:

  • McCartney (1970)
  • Ram (1971 • Paul & Linda McCartney)
  • Wild Life (1971)
  • “Hi, Hi, Hi” / “C Moon” (1972)
  • Red Rose Speedway (1973 • Paul McCartney & Wings)
  • Band on the Run (1973 • Paul McCartney & Wings)
  • Venus and Mars (1975)
  • Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)
  • Wings Over America (live 2LP, 1976)
  • Thrillington (1977, recorded 1971 • Percy “Thrills” Thrillington)
  • “Mull of Kintyre” / “Girls’ School” (1977)
  • London Town (1978)
  • Back to the Egg (1979)
  • McCartney II (1980)
  • Tug of War (1982)
  • Pipes of Peace (1983)
  • Give My Regards to Broad Street (OST, 1984)
  • Press to Play (1986)
  • Снова в СССР (1988 • Пол Маккартни)
  • 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)

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