Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942, in Liverpool, England. He worked as a singer and songwriter with the Beatles in the 1960s helping to make music that was creative and highly commercial, and with an uncanny ability to blend the two.
He was encouraged by his father to try out several musical instruments, and that was how Paul McCartney began his life with music. He preferred to learn by ear, teaching himself the Spanish Guitar, Trumpet, and Piano. It was by 16 that he had already written the song 'When I'm Sixty-Four' in hopes of eventually selling it.
He started out with his friend Jon Lennon whom he met by chance, and with the band 'The Quarrymen' they became the main songwriters. And this took them through several years where their presence caused the band to progress due to their songs until 1960 when the group changed their name to 'The Beatles'.
He was with the Beatles till 1970 when they disbanded, and Paul McCartney started a solo career. He was the first of them to release a solo album "McCartney" in 1970, even though the reactions were mixed, the album managed to be a hit. McCartney went on to form 'Wings' a band that would remain popular throughout the 70s, winning two Grammy Awards and multiple hit singles.
The 80s were a bad time for Paul McCartney as he struggled with drug addiction that involved several types of drugs. He even went on to support the legalization of cannabis. It was not until 1989 that he was ready to perform again, and hence launched a world tour that would go on to give him material for a triple live album. It also gained him worldwide recognition when he performed in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for an audience of 184,000 making it a record with the largest paying stadium audience for a concert.
In the early 90s, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society assigned McCartney to compose an orchestral piece which resulted in Liverpool Oratorio, and it hit as No.1 on the UK classical chart. Then in 1994, he took time away from his solo career to work with former band members on the Beatles Anthology Project, then released a Rock Album in 1997, as well as a classical album.
In 2001, after he watched the attack on New York City from JFK Airport, he became one of the organizers for The Concert For New York City and continued to record and perform live around the world. His 2002 tour was named the top tour of the year by Billboard Magazine.
In 2012, McCartney released "Kisses on the Bottom" studio album featuring renditions of his favorite songs and made headlines, which made him a sought-after artist for quite a while, and as such in 2016 he decided to release "Pure McCartney" a solo album spanning his legendary career.
Paul McCartney is royalty in the music industry, not just for his contributions to global rock 'n' roll culture, but 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.