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Paul McCartney biography:

Paul McCartney is an English musician and a former member of the legendary music band ‘The Beatles’. A multiple Grammy Award winner, he is also a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1999), and one of the most successful composers and performers of all time. With his unprecedented success as a musician he has achieved a legendary status, and is regarded as one of the icons of 20th century English music. He loved music from a young age and was influenced by his father who was a trumpet player. He began writing songs as a teenager and started playing the guitar. As a young man he met John Lennon in a church festival and Lennon who played with a band invited Paul to join them. Soon other aspiring musicians too joined the group, and thus ‘The Beatles’ was born. Over the next few years ‘The Beatles’ went on to achieve phenomenal fame and all the group members, including Paul McCartney became internationally famous. He was already an influential figure by the time The Beatles broke up and easily embarked on a successful solo career. Along with all his musical achievements, he is also well-known for his philanthropic activities and social activism

He was born as James Paul McCartney on 18 June 1942 in Liverpool, England. His mother Mary Patricia was a midwife while his father James McCartney was a cotton salesman and jazz pianist with a local band. He has one younger brother.

He attended the Stockton Wood Road Primary School where he met and befriended George Harrison.

Paul McCartney’s mother died of breast cancer when he was just 14. The loss of his mother shattered the young boy.

As a teenager, he met John Lennon at a church festival. Since John too had lost his mother at a young age, the two boys bonded quickly and became friends. John had a band called the ‘Quarrymen’ and invited Paul to join the band.

Over the next few years, the band adopted the name, ‘The Beatles’. It also saw many changes in the personnel and by 1962 he line-up consisted of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

The band’s first single, “Love Me Do”, principally written by Paul McCartney in collaboration with Lennon was released in 1962. The single became a hit and the Beatles became very popular.

In 1965 the group released their album, ‘Help!’ which spawned the hit single “Yesterday” written by Paul McCartney. The song went on to become one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music with more than 2,200 cover versions.

Paul McCartney gave the group an idea for a concept album, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ which was released in 1976 to immediate success. It performed well commercially and was also critically acclaimed. It spent 27 weeks at the top of the albums chart in the United Kingdom and won four Grammy Awards in 1968.

Even though the band achieved phenomenal popularity and widespread success, the relations between the band members became strained and they started having frequent disagreements. Thus Paul McCartney left the band in 1970.

In 1971, he along with his wife Linda McCartney, session drummer Denny Seiwell, and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine formed the rock band ‘Paul McCartney and Wings’.


Paul McCartney and Wings released several albums over the next decade including ‘Red Rose Speedway’ (1973), ‘Band on the Run’ (1973), ‘Venus and Mars’ (1975), ‘Wings at the Speed of Sound’ (1976), and ‘Back to the Egg’ (1979). The group disbanded in 1981 following disagreements over royalties and salaries.

The 1980s was a difficult time for Paul McCartney. He had become a drug addict and was arrested for possession of marijuana and fined. The same decade also saw the murder of his former partner, John Lennon, which deeply disturbed him. Even though he continued creating music, he could not achieve much success during this period.

During the 1990s, he collaborated with Martin Glover—popularly known as Youth—who was bassist of the rock band ‘Killing Joke’ and formed the band ‘The Fireman’. They came out with the album ‘Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest’, in 1993. The same year, McCartney released the rock album, ‘Off the Ground’.

He took a break from his solo career to work on ‘The Beatles Anthology’, a documentary TV series, a three-volume set of double albums, and a book focusing on the history of The Beatles. All the three surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, participated in the making of the works.

He continued touring, performing and recording new albums well into the new millennium even though he was now in his sixties. The albums he released during this period include ‘Ecce Cor Meum’ (2006), ‘Memory Almost Full’ (2007), and ‘Electric Arguments’ (2008).

His debut studio album, ‘McCartney’, released in 1970 peaked at No. 1 position on the US Billboard 200 chart and remained there for three weeks; it reached No. 2 in Britain.

The album ‘Band on the Run’ released by Paul McCartney and Wings, became the top-selling studio album of 1974 in the United Kingdom and Australia. It was eventually certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and remains his most successful album till date.

Awards & Achievements

Paul McCartney is a 21-time Grammy Award winner, including 12 as a member of ‘The Beatles’ and six as a solo artist.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: Class of 1988 as a member of the Beatles and Class of 1999 as a solo artist.

In 1997, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music.

He received the Gershwin Prize for his contributions to popular music in 2010.

He received the French Légion d’Honneur for his services to music in 2012.


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Este mes hemos seleccionado una canción mítica: No More Lonely Nights, de un cantante mítico: Paul McCartney.

Se trata de una de las canciones seleccionadas como mejores de la historia.




Paul McCartney – No More Lonely Nights Lyrics

I can’t wait another day until I call you
You’ve only got my heart on a string and everything aflutter
But another lonely night might take forever
We’ve only got each other to blame
It’s all the same to me love
‘Cause I know what I feel to be right

No more lonely nights
No more lonely nights
You’re my guiding light
Day or night I’m always there

May I never miss the thrill of being near you
And if takes a couple of years
To turn your tears to laughter
I will do what I feel to be right

No more lonely nights (Never be another)
No more lonely nights
You’re my guiding light
Day or night I’m always there
And I won’t go away until you tell me so
No, I’ll never go away

Yes, I know what I feel to be right
No more lonely nights (Never be another)
No more lonely nights
You’re my guiding light
Day or night I’m always there

And I won’t go away until you tell me so
No, I’ll never go away
And I won’t go away until you tell me so
No, I’ll never go away

No more lonely nights, no, no…


Paul McCartney No more lonely nights (traducida al español)

No puedo esperar otro día hasta llamarte,
has alcazado mi corazón con solo una secuencia y todo se agita
Pero otra noche solitaria puede durar para siempre
Solo nos hemos tomado el uno al otro para culparnos,
es todo lo mismo para mi, amor
porque sé que lo que siento es lo correcto.

No más noches solitarias,
no más noches solitarias,
eres la luz que me guía
día o noche estoy siempre allí.

Puede que pierda el entusiasmo de estar cerca tuyo,
y si toma un par de años
convertir tus lagrimas en risas
haré que lo que siento sea lo correcto.

No más noches solitarias (nunca será otra)
No más noches solitarias,
eres la luz que me guía
día o noche estoy siempre allí
y no me iré hasta que me digas eso…
No, nunca me iré.

Sí sé que lo que siento es lo correcto.
No más noches solitarias (nunca será otra)
No más noches solitarias,
eres la luz que me guía
día o noche estoy siempre allí

Y no me iré hasta que me digas eso…
No, nunca me iré

Y no me iré hasta que me digas eso…
No, nunca me iré

No más noches solitarias , no , no…..



James Paul McCartney nació en Liverpool, el 18 de junio de 1942.

Es un músico que domina varios instrumentos; es empresario, cantante, compositor, productor musical, pintor y activista británico. Exintegrante de The Quarrymen (1957-1959), The Beatles (1960-1970), Wings (1971-1981) y The Fireman (1993-2008).




McCartney alcanzó el éxito mundial como miembro de The Beatles, junto a John Lennon, George Harrison y Ringo Starr. McCartney y Lennon formaron una de las parejas de compositores más influyentes y exitosas, y escribieron algunas de las canciones más populares en la historia de la música rock. Después de dejar The Beatles, McCartney emprendió una exitosa carrera en solitario y formó el grupo Wings con su primera esposa, Linda Eastman, y el cantante y compositor Denny Laine.




McCartney figura en el Libro Guinness de los récords como el «músico y compositor más exitoso en la historia de la música popular», con 60 discos de oro y ventas de 100 millones de sencillos en el Reino Unido.

El medio británico BBC News nombró a McCartney el «mayor compositor del milenio» y citó la canción de los Beatles «Yesterday» como la canción más versionada en la historia de la música, grabada por más de 2200 artistas y repetida, desde su publicación en 1965, más de siete millones de veces en la televisión y la radio estadounidense. Además, la canción de Wings «Mull of Kintyre» se convirtió en el primer sencillo en vender más de dos millones de copias en el Reino Unido.





Como intérprete o compositor, McCartney fue el responsable de 31 sencillos número uno en la lista estadounidense Billboard Hot 100, y ha vendido hasta la fecha en torno a 15,5 millones de discos en Estados Unidos según la RIAA.

McCartney ha compuesto bandas sonoras para películas, música clásica y electrónica, dio a conocer un amplio catálogo de canciones como artista en solitario, y ha participado en proyectos para ayudar a organizaciones benéficas internacionales. Es un defensor de los derechos de los animales, el vegetarianismo, y para la educación musical, además, participa activamente en campañas contra las minas terrestres, la caza de focas, y la deuda del Tercer Mundo.



Es un entusiasta aficionado al fútbol, apoya a los clubes Everton FC y Liverpool FC. Su compañía MPL Communications posee los derechos sobre más de 3000 canciones, incluyendo todas las canciones escritas por Buddy Holly, junto con los derechos de publicación de musicales como Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, y Grease. McCartney es una de las personas más adineradas del Reino Unido, con una fortuna estimada de 475 millones de libras esterlinas en 2010. Asimismo, fue el encargado de cerrar la Ceremonia de apertura de los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012, interpretando su canción «Hey Jude».




Álbumes de estudio

Año Album
1970 McCartney
1971 Ram
(Paul y Linda McCartney)
1971 Wild Life
1973 Red Rose Speedway
(Paul McCartney y Wings)
1973 Band on the Run
(Paul McCartney y Wings)
1975 Venus and Mars
1976 Wings at the Speed of Sound
1978 London Town
1979 Back to the Egg
1980 McCartney II
1982 Tug of War
1983 Pipes of Peace
1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street
1986 Press to Play
1988 Снова в СССР
1989 Flowers in the Dirt
1993 Off the Ground
1997 Flaming Pie
1999 Run Devil Run
2001 Driving Rain
2005 Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
2007 Memory Almost Full
2012 Kisses on the Bottom
2013 New




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