|Sir Paul McCartney
McCartney in 2010
|Born||James Paul McCartney
18 June 1942
Singer-songwriter music and film producer businessman
(m. 1969; her death 1998) Heather Mills
(m. 2002; div. 2008) Nancy Shevell
|Children||5, including Heather (adopted), Mary, Stella, and James McCartney|
|Parent(s)||Jim and Mary McCartney|
|Relatives||Mike McGear (brother), Ruth McCartney (step-sister)|
Rock pop classical electronic
Vocals bass guitar guitar piano
Apple Capitol Columbia Decca Hear Music Parlophone Polydor Swan Vee-Jay
The Quarrymen The Beatles Wings The Fireman Michael Jackson
Höfner 500/1 Rickenbacker 4001S Epiphone Texan Fender Jazz Bass Gibson Les Paul Epiphone Casino Martin D-28 Wal 5-String Bass
With the Beatles, we'd been very spoiled because we had George Martin who worked for the record label we were going to be signed to. That was very fortunate, because we grew together.
Someone like John would want to end the Beatle period and start the Yoko period. He wouldn't like either to interfere with the other.
But with writers, there's nothing wrong with melancholy. It's an important color in writing.
Where I come from, you don't really talk about how much you're earning. Those things are private. My dad never told my mum how much he was earning. I'm certainly not going to tell the world. I'm doing well.
And I loved Fats Waller. I love his instrumental abilities, his vocal abilities and his sense of humor.
My old school in Liverpool is now a performing-arts school, and I kind of teach there - I use the word lightly - but I go there and talk to students.
I was still 15 when I met John Lennon at a village fete in Woolton, in Liverpool.
One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen.
We were a savage little lot, Liverpool kids, not pacifist or vegetarian or anything. But I feel I've gone beyond that, and that it was immature to be so prejudiced and believe in all the stereotypes.
I definitely did look up to John. We all looked up to John. He was older and he was very much the leader; he was the quickest wit and the smartest.
Look, people are allowed their own opinions and they don't always coincide with yours. As an artist you just have to keep plugging on.
Looking back, I think I was always musical. My dad was very musical, and I think my mom was musical.
You see, my mother was a district nurse until she died when I was 14, and we used to move from time to time because of her work.
It was Elvis who really got me hooked on beat music. When I heard 'Heartbreak Hotel' I thought, this is it.
I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird. I suddenly realized that anyone doing anything weird wasn't weird at all and it was the people saying they were weird that were weird.
So, if I'm cooking, I'll be steaming vegetables, making some nice salad, that kind of stuff.
I'm always writing songs, and I've got a bunch that I want to record.
I think people who create and write, it actually does flow-just flows from into their head, into their hand, and they write it down. It's simple.
Nothing pleases me more than to go into a room and come out with a piece of music.