Paul McCartney is regarded as one of the most successful rock stars of all time. The British musician, composer and multi-instrumentalist was born in Liverpool, England on 18 June 1942. Paul started writing songs when he was barely a teenager. Here are the facts of his life.
Bio – Age and Rise to Fame with The Beatles
As stated above, Paul was born on the 18th day of June 1942. At 15, he joined John Lennon-led band Quarrymen which was later renamed to The Beatles. Paul rose to fame during his time with The Beatles. With the band, he featured on 12 studio albums. It is known that he wrote or co-wrote some of the most popular songs in pop music, including the world’s most covered song – “Yesterday” (by over 2,200 musicians). The song has been played more than 7 million times on American TV and radio.
After The Beatles disbanded in 1970, McCartney went solo with the Wings band (1971-1981), he released 22 studio pop albums and 5 classical albums. Per records, the man has released 60 discs that were certified gold. He’s sold more than 100 million albums and 100 million singles. About 32 songs written and co-written by him have topped the Billboard Hot 100.
For his works, he has received many accolades. The Guinness World Records crowned him the most successful composer and recording artist of all time and, he has been named the most successful songwriter in the history of UK charts. Paul has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. First was in 1988 as a member of the Beatles. He was again, inducted in 1999. With the Beatles and as a solo musician, Paul McCartney has won 21 Grammy Awards.
Recent Works, Earnings, and Net Worth
McCartney is still active in music, playing in sold-out concerts and tours. His Out There Tour (2013-2015) grossed almost $300 million. He has collaborated with modern artists like Kanye West, Rihanna and has been involved in producing songs for the former.
McCartney makes an average of $60 million every year. In 2012, he made $60 million. The amount dropped to $47 million in 2013 and climbed to $71 million the following year (2014).
Beyond music, Paul has interests in Apple Corps and MPL Communications. He also owns a music publishing catalogue. He accesses over 25,000 copyrights, including those of the musicals “A Chorus Line”, “Grease”, “Guys and Dolls”, and “Annie”.
With a net worth of $1.2 billion, Paul McCartney is the richest musician in the UK. His wealth is bound to increase as he is still actively involved in music and performance. Paul also receives royalties from songs dating back to when he was with The Beatles.
The rock star is an active social and political activist. He advocates for animal rights, music education, poverty, and vegetarianism. Also, he campaigns against genetically modified foods and landmines. It is believed he spent £3 million to ensure the continuation of his late wife company’s (Linda McCartney Foods) efforts to keep genetically engineered ingredients at bay.
Paul McCartney’s Wife and Kids
Paul McCartney is on his third marriage. He is a one-time divorcee and the father of 5 children – 4 daughters and a son.
In 1969, Paul got married to his first wife, Linda McCartney, a photographer, musician and businesswoman. Their union produced 3 children – Stella McCartney, Mary McCartney, and James McCartney. He also adopted Linda’s eldest daughter, Heather Louise McCartney.
Linda, who was also a singer and an animal rights activist died of breast cancer on April 17, 1998. Paul does describe his late wife with so much love; he often expresses that he knew she was special the very moment they met.
After his painful loss, Paul moved on and by 2002, tied the knot with Heather Mills, a former model and media personality. His divorce from Heather in 2008 was recorded as one of the messiest celebrity divorces. The battle ended on a sad note for Paul, giving him an over $30 million hole in his pocket.
Paul is currently married to Nancy Shevell. They’ve been together since 2011.
McCartney’s children in a way or two took after their parents as far as profession goes. Interestingly, they all seem to be doing very well for themselves. Mary, the eldest biological daughter of Paul and Linda McCartney took after her mother in the fine art photography profession. Stella is a fashion designer; James, a London based musician and songwriter while Heather is a potter and an artist as well. Beatrice is McCartney’s youngest daughter with his ex-wife, Heather Mills.
Is He Dead Or Alive?
In 1966, it surfaced that the famous Beatles bassist died in a car crash. Stronger, yet unsubstantiated claims kept surging up in the media. The more Paul tried to dowse the fake news, the more the uncertainty gained weight.
The proponents of the “Paul is dead” story were of the supposition that McCartney really died in a car crash and has been quietly replaced by a body double known as Billy Shepherd. Till date, some still have their confusions about the story which has lingered for over 5 decades.
Some have also seen the “Paul is dead” hoax as a deliberate publicity stunt orchestrated by the British band (The Beatles). Paul would later (in 1993) release his “Paul is Live” album which was supposedly done to clear out all the doubts once and for all.
To the best of available information, Paul McCartney is very much alive, aged 75 and hopes to clock another year by June 2018.