Sir Paul McCartney, one of the most amazing personalities in music history is celebrating his birthday. On June 18, 2022, the ex-Beatle will be an impressive 80 years old. As an incredibly talented and visionary musician and songwriter, Paul has repeatedly caused a sensation over the decades. Between the beginnings with the Quarrymen and the legendary times with the Beatles, Wings and numerous solo projects lie more than six decades that couldn’t be more crammed with world hits and records. We say happy birthday to you.
Paul McCartney: From Hamburger Kiez to Beatle-Mania
Born in Liverpool, Paul’s musical history began with the school band The Quarrymen alongside John Lennon. In fact, Beatle-Mania began in the Kiez in Hamburg. On August 17, 1960, the Fab Four, at that time still with Stuart Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums, entered the stage of the “Indra”, later they played all night long in the “Top Ten Club” and the following year in the “Star Club”. The musicians, who were barely of age, collected the rough experience for their unstoppable world career on the Reeperbahn.
International breakthrough with Lennon/McCartney’s “Love Me Do”
The Beatles released their first single “Love Me Do” in 1962; a year later they had their worldwide breakthrough with “I Want to Hold Your Hand”. Even across the pond, in the US, the single became a smash hit. The mostly female fans screamed, cried and fainted in droves at Beatles concerts. The background noise was so loud that the musicians could no longer hear themselves and their instruments. The music world had never seen anything like it before.
Between an endless number of mega successes and a separating scandal
Sir Paul McCartney has long been the most successful songwriter in the history of beat, rock ‘n’ roll and pop music. His most successful songs include – often together with John Lennon – “Yesterday”, “Penny Lane”, “Hey Jude”, “Blackbird” and “Help”. As a songwriting duo, the two have left behind an incredible number of hits. Overall, the Beatles are said to have sold over a billion records. While “Yesterday” became the most-played pop song of all time, “Let it Be” was another stroke of genius but also a fiasco. It was to be the last Beatles single.
Paul McCartney: Successful as a solo artist after the Beatles
A month after the release of Let It Be, in 1970, Paul announced the definitive demise of The Beatles. And in a very special way: in April of that year he released his solo album “McCartney”, on which he also played all the instruments himself. He enclosed a self-written press release with the first hundred copies. This includes: First, information about the making of the LP; secondly, he announced his departure from the Beatles.
Unstoppable in the fast lane: Paul’s time with the Wings
In August 1971, Paul formed the band Wings. At his side was his first wife Linda McCartney. McCartney placed hits like “Jet”, “Silly Love Songs” and numerous others with the Wings. It was the most successful project by an ex-Beatle. Paul had done it again. With 12 top ten singles in Great Britain and 14 top ten hits in the US, five of which reached number 1, he made the band one of the most glorious of the ’70s. “Live and Let Die” was nominated for an Oscar. And with “Mull of Kintyre” he set another, very special milestone in 1977: The song was not only a number 1 hit in numerous countries, but also the first single to sell over two million copies in Great Britain.
Paul McCartney as an extraordinary talent for harmony and melody
As a musician, Paul made his mark with the Beatles mainly as a bassist and singer. In fact, however, he drew from his immense musicality as a multi-instrumentalist. Paul plays guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, occasionally picks up the ukulele and a number of other instruments. Somehow he seems to breathe the charm of his musical soul into everything that could sound somehow. His music from the Beatles to the present has always been characterized by various chords and cadences that differed greatly from other bands of the time. Paul McCartney has managed to dress beat, pop and rock in melodic multi-faceted harmony.
Outrageously young and inexhaustible
In the course of his fascinating career, Paul McCartney has been showered with awards. Probably the most important include several Grammy Awards, honorary doctorates, the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or the award for the most successful UK album act of all time. Not to mention that he was knighted by the Queen herself in 1997. However, this will probably not be the last aristocratic coronation of his work: The British “The Sun” reports that he should be raised to the rank of lord on his 80th birthday. Luckily, despite eighty intense years under his belt, he’s still outrageously young at heart and has no intention of retiring.
What is your favorite Paul McCartney song?
What are your favorite Paul McCartney songs. How did he influence you as a musician? We are looking forward to your comments!