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He is one of Britain's wealthiest men: according to the High Court judgment Sir Paul's total fortune comes to £387,012,000.
Still plays his 1964 Epiphone acoustic guitar which he used to compose "Yesterday".
Although all his songs for The Beatles are still credited as "Lennon - McCartney" he individually wrote almost half of all 200 songs for The Beatles, such as "Yesterday", "Let it Be", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Helter Skelter", "Eleanor Rigby", "Yellow Submarine", "Hey Jude" and many more. Only songs in earlier albums are really joint efforts with John Lennon. The co-credit was because of a handshake deal the two had made in their teens.

His song "Yesterday" is one of the most popular songs of all time. Whilst he was looking for the right lyrics, he was temporarily using the line "Scrambled Eggs" until he came up with "Yesterday" in the final version of the song, as it is now known to the world. It became one of the most recorded songs of all time, with more than 3,000 known versions.
Awarded for classical compositions of choral and orchestral music.
During his engagement to Jane Asher, Paul (with John Lennon) wrote several songs for Jane's older brother, Peter Asher, of the singing duo Peter and Gordon, including their #1 hit "World Without Love". He also wrote the song "Woman" for them, under the pseudonym of Bernard Webb.
He was respected by The Beatles producer, George Martin for his superior musicianship, musical inventiveness, and multi-instrumental abilities. Martin said that Paul McCartney was the one with enough attention span to sit at the piano, or in the studio as long as it takes to compose the best melody and harmony for their songs.
Plays piano for the song, "Let It Be". Performed "Let It Be" at Live Aid in 1985. During this performance, Bob Geldof, David Bowie, Alison Moyet and Pete Townshend (of The Who) all came on stage towards the end to sing backup vocals.
His four children with Linda McCartney are Heather McCartney (adopted from her previous marriage), photographer Mary McCartney, top fashion designer Stella McCartney and musician/sculptor James McCartney. Paul was married to rock photographer Linda Eastman on March 12, 1969 at the Marylebone Register Office.

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles January 20, 1988. Citing business differences, he did not attend the induction ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City with his former bandmates George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Awarded the Polar Music Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music Award, in 1992.

His later musical compositions have included classical works, such as the acclaimed 'Liverpool Oratorio' and 'Standing Stone'.
He is in the Guinness Book of World Records with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million singles.
Owns the double bass that once belonged to Elvis Presley's bassist Bill Black. He plays the instrument on his solo sessions at his studio.
Played over 40 various instruments on two of his solo albums, 'McCartney' (1970) and 'McCartney II' (1980).

According to McCartney, the name of the rock group Wings was inspired by daughter Stella McCartney's birth, which was premature and traumatic; Stella and her mother both almost died. As his daughter was being born by emergency cesarean section, Paul sat outside the operating room and prayed that she be born "on the wings of an angel."
Had wanted The Beatles to do a club tour shortly before they broke up. John Lennon disagreed, thinking that if they did tour again, it should have been in stadium-sized venues.
Named one of E!'s "top 20 entertainers of 2001."

Animal-rights activist, vegetarian, and anti-landmine activist. Created Paul and Linda McCartney charity foundation and several other charities. Donated millions to humanitarian causes across the world, and has been involved in charity recordings and concert performances.
Owns the copyrights to Buddy Holly's song catalogue, and also numerous other compositions, including "Ramblin' Wreck From Georgia Tech".
Owns a Steinway concert piano model B made in Hamburg. He takes the piano along on his concert tours around the world.

Claims his nights in a Japanese prison in 1980 were the only time he had been separated from then-wife, Linda McCartney.
Has written several songs about his former bandmate John Lennon, including "Dear Boy", "Too Many People", "Dear Friend", "Let Me Roll It" and "Here Today."
Holds a record with 29 #1 singles on the American charts with The Beatles, Paul McCartney & Wings, and as a solo artist (including one duet with Stevie Wonder).

Fined $200 in 1973 for growing marijuana on his Scotland farm. Arrested and jailed briefly in Japan in 1980 for carrying same substance.
Made an honorary detective by the New York City Police Department for the benefit concert he gave for 9/11 victims, April 2002.
Won last-minute court order preventing Christie's from auctioning his handwritten lyrics to the song "Hey Jude." Paper with lyrics scrawled on it had been expected to bring up to $116,000 at auction scheduled for April 30, but England's High Court, ruled for Sir Paul the day before, deciding that the valuable artifact from The Beatles will remain at auction house until ownership is finally determined by agreement or trial.

Won prize for drawing of a church at age 11. In 2002, from May-August, over 70 of his paintings from past 20 years on view at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England.
Daughter, Stella McCartney, was born on September 13, 1971.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 (as a solo artist).
His first guitar was a Zenith archtop f-hole acoustic. He got it at the Rushworth and Drapers Music Store in Liverpool when he was 14, as a gift from his father (brother Mike McGear got a banjo at the same time, but broke his arm at Boy Scout camp a few weeks later).

His song "When I'm 64" was written for his father Jim's 64th birthday.
He wrote his first song, "I Lost My Little Girl", when he was 14. It was never recorded by the Beatles, and was not one of the songs McCartney and Lennon lost in 1969, when their publishing company Northern Songs was sold.
His father, Jim, was a musician, and had a band called Jim Mac's Jazz Band. Paul has fond memories of lying on his bedroom floor and listening to his father play piano.

Along with writing "Hey Jude" for Julian Lennon the summer his parents broke up, Paul also jokingly proposed to Cynthia Lennon, in the wake of his own breakup with Jane Asher. Cynthia appreciated the laugh they both shared-- and the single red rose that Paul had brought.
Was the only member of The Beatles to graduate from Britain's equivalent of high-school; he majored in Art.
Usually considered the most "conventional" of The Beatles, but Paul has had his share of far-out ideas, including the germ of the TV-movie Magical Mystery Tour (1967), and a "self-portrait" published as a 1960s magazine cover, a psychedelic painting a la Pablo Picasso.

Set up John Lennon's "home studio" for him at Kenwood, with its chain of tape decks; Lennon used this setup to make song demos for the Beatles, and later the infamous 'Two Virgins' album with Yoko Ono (which Paul gave its cover quote).
A lyric sheet to his song "Yesterday" is featured on the front cover of the Marillion album "Script for a Jester's Tear" (released 1983).
In 2002 he changed the writing credits to many of the songs he made with The Beatles to "McCartney & Lennon", to a large public outrage. It is a common misconception, however that this was the first time he had done this. He made the same credit change on his 1976 live album "Wings Over America" to little or no public scrutiny, and to no public comment from John Lennon (who was still alive at the time). 

Recuerdos a Broad Street (1984) also listed the credit "Songs Composed by Paul McCartney" - including the Beatles songs performed in the movie.
Has homes in London, New York and Beverly Hills, an estate in Scotland, and a ranch in Arizona.
Eleven years after the breakup of The Beatles, along with Ringo Starr he played on George Harrison's, "All Those Years Ago", about the death of his singing partner, John Lennon.
The three surviving members of The Beatles appeared on three separate episodes of Los Simpson (1989). Starr appeared in a 1991 episode of "Brush with Greatness," Harrison appeared in a 1993 episode of "Homer's Barbershop Quartet," and McCartney appeared in a 1995 episode of "Lisa The Vegetarian".

Contributes "Calico Skies" to the "Warchild Hope" album (released 21 April 2003).
Met his first wife Linda McCartney in a London nightclub called the Bag O'Nails.
Cousin of Kate Robbins and Ted Robbins.
In 1998, his song "Blackbird" was covered by Marillion for their live album "Unplugged at the Walls".
Is half of the techno duo The Fireman.
In 1971, he produced (but did not perform on) "Thrillington", an instrumental version of the album "Ram" he recorded with his wife Linda. The songs were presented in orchestral versions, and Paul's work as producer and director was pseudonymously credited to "Percy 'Thrills' Thrillington". The album was not well received by the critics, but is now a much sought-after collectable.

First used the pseudonym "Apollo C. Vermouth" when producing an album for the novelty musical group, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (later known as The Bonzos). He used the pseudonym because record contract obligations prevented him from using his real name on a rival record label. The band repaid McCartney's efforts with a composition entitled "Mister Apollo", a song about an impossibly perfect body builder.
The only member of The Beatles to have been nominated for an Academy Award in his own right.
Favorite singers were Little Richard and Elvis Presley.

Met George Harrison on a bus to school, and asked him to join the band that eventually became The Beatles.
Born on the same day as film critic Roger Ebert, and two days before fellow musician and composer Brian Wilson.
Owned a ranch in Tucson, Arizona; this was where first wife Linda McCartney died.
Owns a Hollywood Hills manor property purchased from Courtney Love, and Ellen DeGeneres.
The Beatles were voted the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone. They also topped a similar list complied by VH1.
Played bass on the Band Aid 20 re-recording of "Do They Know It's Christmas?". [November 2004]

At 5' 11", he was the tallest member of The Beatles, being about half an inch taller than the late George Harrison.
Several of his solo albums (and those with Wings) featured cover photos by first wife Linda McCartney, including "Ram", with a picture of him handling a ram at his Scottish farm (John Lennon later parodied this picture in his "Imagine" album, grasping the ears of a pig). The back cover included a photo of bugs mating; while it was unintentional, several fans thought this illustrated a negative attitude towards the Beatles.
Born at 2:00pm-BDST.

Showed his paintings at Concert at HP Pavilion in San Jose (November 8th) leading up to his performance as apart of his US Tour
One of the guitars he used in his US tour (2005) was the one he used on The Beatles' appearance on Toast of the Town (1948) (aka The Ed Sullian Show) in the early 1960s.
Though a huge fan of 'Weird Al' Yankovic's work, turned down his request to parody Paul's James Bond song "Live and Let Die" as "Chicken Pot Pie" for vegetarian reasons.
According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industries in 2006, The Beatles are the biggest popular music act of all time, with over 400 million albums sold officially, while the total number of all Beatles' records sold was over 1 billion copies.

Released his new album 'Memory almost full' in 2007.
Created a collection of oil paintings, and had a one man art show in London.
He still owns an interest in Apple Corps, the Beatles's company. His own company MPL Communications owns a sizable publishing catalog, with over three thousand copyrights (songs, poems, images, recordings, etc.).
He and John Lennon quibbled bitterly in the press after the break up of The Beatles. However, in 1977, they met in New York, and watched the episode of Saturday Night Live (1975) in which Lorne Michaels offered $3000 to see The Beatles get back together. He and Lennon considered turning up that night together as a joke, but were too tired to follow through.

All 34 of his solo albums have made the Billboard Top 200, something very few solo artists have achieved. 12 of them, including "Wingspan", went to #1. As of 2009, has released 34 studio albums, of which 31 feature pop music and 3 feature classical compositions. He has stated that he hopes to compose more classical pieces in the future, as well as a desire to venture into jazz at some point.
Had a remarkable 62 top 100 singles from 1971-2005, under a variety of categories. 17 of them went to #1.
Won five Grammys, including two with The Beatles. His "Eleanor Rigby" was Best Pop/Rock and Roll or Contemporary song. His "Michelle" won for Song Of The Year. "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsy" won for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s)/Best Background Arrangement, "Band On The Run" won for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and "Rockestra Theme" won for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.
He loved and was flattered by Ray Charles's cover of "Eleanor Rigby", but John Lennon did not like the version.

Friends with Neil Young, who inducted him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He and his long-time wife, Linda McCartney, said that Young was their favorite performer. His favorite song of Young's is "Only Love Can Break Your Heart".
Father-in-law of Alistair Donald and Alasdhair Willis.
Has five grandsons and one granddaughter: Mary McCartney's three sons Arthur Alistair Donald (b. 3 April 1999) Elliot Donald (b. 1 August 2002), and Sam Aboud (b. 11 August 2008), and Stella McCartney's sons Miller Alasdhair James Willis (b. 25 February 2005) and Beckett Robert Lee (b. 8 January 2008), and daughter Bailey Linda Olwyn Willis (b. 8 December 2006).

Winner of the Sony Award For Technical Excellence in 1983.
Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1983.
Named "Man of the Year" at the GQ awards ceremony. (6 September 2006)
The Scissor Sisters' second album, "Ta-Dah", has a song entitled "Paul McCartney".
His grandchildren, Arthur and Elliot, are older than his daughter, Beatrice McCarthy.
[Sunday 13 November 2005] Became the very first musician to perform live music for an audience in space. This music milestone occurred during his concert in Anaheim, California, when he sang "Good Day Sunshine" and "English Tea" for NASA Astronaut Bill McArthur and Russian Cosmonaut Valery Tokarev who were orbiting some 220 miles above earth in their Space Shuttle Discovery.

Has a stepsister Ruth McCartney, adopted by his father when he married Ruth's mother.
The Beatles were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [November 2004]
The hit Yesterday does not feature any of the other members of The Beatles. It's just McCartney and a string section. As such, the record company considered releasing it as a McCartney solo song, but decided not to because of objections by John Lennon.
Inducted with John Lennon into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987.
In 1957, his knowledge of song lyrics , most notably Eddie Cochran's 1956 recording of "Twenty Flight Rock" with its 12 bar blues format, as well as Paul's superior ability to play guitar (including being able to tune one) impressed John Lennon so much that he invited McCartney to join his band the Quarry Men, which later became The Beatles.

He was The Beatles' lead vocalist, bass player, pianist and songwriter. He was also an accomplished lead guitarist whose vibrato-laced solos can be heard on "Taxman," "Drive My Car," "Ticket to Ride," "Another Girl," and other Beatles' hits.
Winner of the 2007 Q Icon Award.
Because of his 2008 divorce, he became the fourth and final member of The Beatles to get a divorce. Among the four, McCartney had the longest marriage (to Linda McCartney), although Ringo Starr is still married to his second wife (and has been since 1981).
28 October 2003: A daughter named Beatrice Milly was born to Paul and wife Heather Mills. She was named after Heather's late mother Beatrice and Paul's Aunt Milly.
In July 2001, shortly after their engagement was announced, his fiancée Heather Mills lost her $21,000 diamond and sapphire engagement ring, which was later found on a golf course.

In 2007, before completion of the film Across the Universe (2007), director Julie Taymor brought the post-production copy to a private screening with Paul McCartney, and he liked the film. Yoko Ono also approved the film.
In 2006, he donated $2 million to Adopt-a-Minefield.
Turned down the offer to write a new James Bond song for 007: Quantum of Solace (2008), and recommended singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse for the job.
Winner of the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution in 2008. The Beatles previously won the award in 1977 and 1983, putting McCartney in a select group with John Lennon, Sting and Freddie Mercury as the only people to have won the award in a band and as an individual.

In September 25th, 2008 performed in Tel Aviv, Israel, for the first time, after more than 40 years after the ban of the Israeli government on the Beatles performing in Israel. The concert was titled "Friendship First".
He and The Beatles were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
He and The Beatles were awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1965 Queen's Birthday Honours List for their services to music.
Was good friends with professional Wrestler Giant Haystacks aka Lochness.
Plays left-handed guitar.
Paul played all the instruments and did all the vocal tracks on his 1970 "recording of "Maybe I'm Amazed". At the time, early 1970, The Beatles had not yet split up and the song was possibly a future "Beatle" recording. As it turned out, we have Paul with his own accompaniment, several other track and his first solo album "McCartney".

He was the only "ex-Beatle" to appear on Toast of the Town (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show") with his 1970 video of "Maybe I'm Amazed".
In one of his first solo recordings following The Beatles' breakup in 1970, Paul played all the instruments and did all the vocal tracks on "Maybe I'm Amazed".
In 2012 when Paul McCartney was on "Saturday Night Live" New York City Children's Chorus joined him when he sang "Wonderful Christmas Time".
On 15 May 1968, Paul McCartney and John Lennon appeared as "talk show" guests on NBC-TV's The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) with guest host Joe Garagiola. They mentioned that the two of them walked through NYC's Central Park the previous Sunday unnoticed by the many passersby.

He reportedly turned down a part in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo y Julieta (1968). McCartney didn't believe he would be good enough and the Beatles were recording Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at the time.
The 2009 Sunday Times List estimated his net worth at $720 million.
He was conferred as a Knights Bachelor in the 1997 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to music. He is the only Beatle to be given a higher British honor since their MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1965 Queen's Birthday Honours List. John Lennon returned his MBE in 1969 out of protest.

Though The Beatles have denied that there was ever an intentional "Paul Mc Cartney is dead" hoax, in one of the early studio takes of "Strawberry Fields", John Lennon is clearly heard saying "I buried Paul". In the "fade out" of the most popular hit version of "Strawberry Fields"', that statement comes across as the result of reverse over dubbing. In other words, that line was recorded by reciting " luaP deirub I " and playing it backwards. A process that was used to produce exotic instrumental and vocal sounds on The "Sergent Pepper" album.
His younger brother, Michael, aka Mike McGear of the satirical group The Scaffold. Michael chose to take the name of "McGear" as his professional name so as not to capitalize on the fame of his brother. Mike McGear was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1997 Queen's New Years Honours List while Paul McCartney was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire for his services to music.

McCartney was the only barefooted Beatle crossing the street on the sleeve of the "Abbey Road" album (1969), a fact that merited a test segment on the popular Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1998) TV series.
Recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors; other recipients that year were Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Herman, Merle Haggard, and Bill T. Jones.
(June 2010 East Room - White House) As a VIP guest of President Barack Obama at The White House, McCartney was presented with the Library of Congress "Gershwin Prize for Popular Song" trophy. The former Beatle was the third recipient of the prestigious award after Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.
 When McCartney performed a selection of his songs, including "Michelle" especially for the First Lady, he played the very same electric Hofner bass guitar he played when The Beatles made their American TV debut (9 February 1964) on Toast of the Town (1948) (The Ed Sullivan Show) 46 years earlier. Among the various artists commemorating McCartney's spectacular achievement with personal renditions of his songs were: Herbie Hancock and Corinne Bailey Rae ("Blackbird"), Elvis Costello ("Penny Lane"), Emmylou Harris ("For No One"), Faith Hill ("The Long and Winding Road"), Stevie Wonder ("We Can Work It Out") and ("Ebony and Ivory" with Paul), David Grohl ("Band On the Run"), Jack White ("Mother Nature's Son"), The Jonas Brothers ("Drive My Car"), Jerry Seinfeld (stand-up shtick). Daughters Mary McCartney and Stella McCartney were seated immediately behind Paul and the First Family.
The festive soirée culminated with a Lang Lang classical interpretation of "Celebrations" and an ensemble of artists performing "Hey Jude" for the grand finale.
Engaged to Nancy Shevell. Acquaintances for some 20 years, they re-met at a summer party in the Hamptons in 2007 and have been a couple since then. Nancy is vice-president, administration, of her family's New Jersey-based trucking business, New England Freight Motors, Inc. She's also a cousin of Barbara Walters, who has said that "Nancy is like a second child to me". [August, 2011].
Paul married for the third time, to Nancy Shevell, on Sunday, October 9, 2011 (John Lennon's birthday). In attendance were Paul's daughter, Beatrice, who was a flower girl; Nancy's son, Arlen; her cousin, Barbara Walters; Paul's brother, Mike McGear; Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach; and George Harrison's widow, Olivia Harrison.
The couple wore clothes designed by Paul's daughter, Stella McCartney, and were married at Old Marylebone Town Hall, the same place where Paul had married Linda McCartney in 1969.
The last appearance of The Beatles on Toast of the Town (1948) (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show") occurred on March 1, 1970 as part of a "Beatles' Songbook", which featured various artists performing their songs. Seen on film, taken from their not-yet-released documentary, "Let It Be" (1970), they performed "Let It Be" and "Two Of Us". In addition, Paul's 1965 performance of "Yesterday" was also aired.
Was one of the first musicians to perform at Shea Stadium, with The Beatles, on August 15, 1965, and one of the last to performer at Shea Stadium, performing the closing number at Billy Joel's concert on July 18, 2008.
Married his third wife, American heiress Nancy Shevell, on what would have been lifelong friend and former Beatle John Lennon's 71st birthday (9 Oct. 2011).
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 10, 2012.
The first John Lennon-McCartney composition to hit the US charts occurred in the summer of 1963. Del Shannon's version of "From Me To You" reached #66 US Pop.
"Dr. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" was the original title for what eventually became The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album. The soda company that owned the "Dr. Pepper" trademark would not give permission for its use.

One of The Beatles' earlier names was that of "Johnny And The Moondogs. Popular DJ Alan Freed often went by the name "Moondog" in the mid-'50s. His films, such as Rock Rock Rock! (1956) and Mister Rock and Roll (1957) were well received in Great Britain. He would often shout to his radio followers, "Come on, all you Moondogs".
He was a bit of an amateur bird-watcher and owned a beloved bird field guide as a boy. It was later inspire him to write the song "Blackbird".
A guest at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert.

His world tours in 2002, 2003 and 2004 included over 100 large-scale concert performances in countries on three continents.
Officially filed for divorce from second wife Heather Mills. [July 2006]
Expecting a child with his second wife Heather Mills. [March 2003]
Performed in Israel, Tel Aviv, for the first time. [September 2008]
Announced he and his wife are to split up. [May 2006]
Is expecting a fourth grandchild, in light of third daughter Stella McCartney's pregnancy announcement. [August 2006]
Touring in the US Tour (Nov. 2005) [November 2005]
Paul McCartney refused to be on "Saturday Night Live" unless they paid tribute to the ones who died in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. His request was granted and he went on as scheduled.

Personal Quotes 

The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.
I figure I've probably got a better chance of coming up with a good Paul McCartney song than Oasis has.
[on his LSD experience] "It's like taking an aspirin without having a headache."
I'm not religious, but I'm very spiritual.
Somebody said to me, [The Beatles] were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. [John Lennon] and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.'
arding his ten-day jail term after his arrest for cannabis possession at Tokyo's Narita Airport, Jan. 6, 1980] "It was pretty rough. Just a thin mattress on the floor. I had to wash using water from the toilet cistern. I had to share a bath with a bloke who was in for murder. I was afraid to take my suit off in case I got raped. But I'd seen all those prisoner-of-war movies and I knew you had to keep your spirits up. So I'd organize sing-alongs with other prisoners."

I don't take me seriously. If we get some giggles, I don't mind.
We didn't all get into music for a job! We got into music to avoid a job, in truth - and get lots of girls.
I've seen those famous Nixon [Richard Nixon] transcripts where Elvis [Elvis Presley] actually starts to try to shop us - The Beatles! He's in the transcript saying - to Richard Nixon, of all people - 'Well, sir, these Beatles, they're very un-American and they take drugs.' I felt a bit betrayed by that, I must say. The great joke is that we were taking drugs, and look what happened to him. He was caught on the toilet full of them! It was sad, but I still love him, particularly in his early period. He was very influential on me.

I don't take any notice of her. She's John's wife so I have to respect her for that, but I don't think she's the brightest of buttons. She's said some particularly daft things in her time.
Her life is dedicated to putting me down but I attempt very strongly not to put her down. [About Yoko Ono]
You try to concentrate on the lyrics, the music, the melody, and putting it all together, and there's a sign . . . and half of you is saying, 'Ignore it', but the other half is saying, 'Read it, go ahead.' 'My grandmother saw you at Candlestick.' That says it all. erring to a sign in the audience]

I used to think anyone doing anything weird was weird. Now I know that it is the people that call others weird that are weird.
If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be a vegetarian.
The two of us were on fire every time we sat down to write.
When we were kids, George [George Harrison] and I used to hang out and we had, we had one little party piece which was to show that we weren't stupid, so we used to do this thing by Bach that was our own little version of it, and we got it wrong,
Maybe our government went in too fast with the Americans. It would have been better if the UN had been together. Now it's become very bloody with Iraq, it's very difficult. If someone came to my house and blew it up, I wouldn't just want to sit there and say thank you. I'd be angry like I think anyone would be, so I could see America and Britain being angry. To look for [Osama bin Laden] seemed reasonable to go against terrorism, but the war has become very difficult.

It's a drag, isn't it? [on John Lennon's murder]
I thought she was a cold woman. I think that's wrong. She's just the opposite. I think she's just more determined than most people to be herself. [on his updated feelings about Yoko Ono, 1995]
Seeing that so many inaccurate stories have been written at the moment about [Heather Mills] and myself, all I can ask people to do is not believe them and understand that most of what is coming out is made up and entirely false. Thanks for your support.
[About dealing with the memory of Linda McCartney today] "She's all around me, you know. And everybody I know knows her and remembers her. And so I talk a lot about her."

I am the proudest dad in the world. I thought that it was brilliant, and Stella has come such a long way since she first started out. [Following daughter Stella McCartney's graduation fashion show, June 1995]
"No one is musically educated until they have heard The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds'".
[on making movies] "It's not a bad way to get through an afternoon".
(Recalling raising his children in the 1970s)There was one moment where they were riding their little ponies in Scotland, and Stella [Stella McCartney] said to me: 'Dad! You're Paul McCartney, aren't you?' 'Yes darling, but I'm Daddy really'.

Everybody at EMI had become part of the furniture. I'd be a couch; Coldplay are an armchair. Robbie Williams, I dread to think what he was. (On leaving EMI, his record label of 45 years)
(about filing the lawsuit that dissolved the Beatles's legal partnership) I felt like an arse, suing my best mates and being *seen* to sue my best mates.
On his childhood home now part of the National Trust: It gets dangerous when you start believing your own legacy. That's why I've not gone back.
On his vetting every photo taken by his hired photographers: I just don't like to see terrible photos of's straightforward vanity.

You tell me someone who wants to see terrible photos of themselves.
Before John Lennon died I got back a good relationship with him. That was very special. The arguments we had didn't matter. We were able to just take the piss about all those songs; they weren't that harsh. In fact, I have been thanked by Yoko Ono and everyone else for saving The Beatles from Allen Klein. Everything comes round in the end.
On suing the other three Beatles over Allen Klein's management: I was placed in the most awkward position I've ever been placed in. I had to fight three mates to save their legacy, their money, as well as mine, and I did so knowing it would put me in a very dodgy position. Anyone who didn't thoroughly review the whole thing would be forgiven for thinking 'What a tosser'. So yes, that matters to me, it is still a haunting episode... It was pretty scary having to say to Johnny, Georgie, Ringo, I'm suing you!
I love John's songs. In the Beatles, if you said it was one of your songs, it basically meant it was your idea. So Eleanor Rigby was my song, but John helped me finish it. A Day in the Life was his, but I helped him finish it. He came up with 'I read the news today' and I came up with 'he blew his mind out in a car.'

On his 2008 to Israel and the West Bank: I'm not very politically aware of the situation, I suppose like the average British person. We do know there's a conflict, but we didn't know all the ins and outs. You don't have to visit a refugee camp to know there are a lot of Palestinians who have become dispossessed.
This morning [sometime in 2008] I was walking into a cafe. A girl shouts, 'Hi Paul, you are fantastic. I really love you.' I take it with a pinch of salt, but I am honoured. I am pleased she didn't say, 'You're a total arsehole and I hate you.' I am pleased I have got a compliment, and I can still walk around Soho as I've always done.
I've learnt to compartmentalise. There's me and there's famous Him. I don't want to sound schizophrenic, but probably I'm two people. I'm the guy who does shows ... but I'm also the guy who goes home to the kids. There I am just Dad.

On his children: They've not been cloistered - Linda and I were very conscious of that. They're likable people. If you're as well off as I am, inevitably they will benefit. They've never understood hunger, like I did. I'm still hungry because I had that hunger, I've never lost it. It's good to have.
In any situation with a high-ranking official, any boss, it's not always a good idea to tell him he's crap. But I try to encourage people. We all have meetings - the best ideas carry the day. If someone goofs up I tell them off. There have been one or two moments when somebody has been out of order.
Somebody said to me, 'But The Beatles were anti-materialistic.' That's a huge myth. John [Lennon] and I literally used to sit down and say, 'Now, let's write a swimming pool.

I used to feel sorry in a way for Elvis when he was in Vegas 'cos he'd have about 50 people on stage with him and it didn't sound any better than his early records when there were three people on it.
Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch TV? No thanks. I'd rather be out playing.
The thing with The X Factor (2004) is, you don't have to turn it on. It is really not a bad thing. You are talking about people being on the dole (welfare) - this gets people off the dole. It gives some people an opportunity, it gives them confidence, it gives them work. There is nothing wrong with that.

Many years ago I was fishing, and as I was reeling in the poor fish, I realised, 'I am killing him - all for the passing pleasure it brings me'. Something inside me clicked. I realised as I watched him fight for breath that his life was as important to him as mine is to me.
If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat. It's staggering when you think about it. Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.
On his knighthood in 1997: It's a fantastic honor and I am very gratefully receiving it on behalf of all the people of Liverpool and the other Beatles, without whom it wouldn't have been possible.

Playing live was great then - and it's great now. The big difference is you can hear what you're doing. It was more like a football match in the old days. We were all part of some big celebration. Now with modern stage equipment, good sound and video screens it's much easier. I remember going to see Genesis at Wembley Stadium and I couldn't see who was on stage. All I saw were these little matchstick people miles away. I couldn't tell which one was Phil Collins. It was like...where is he? So I developed the idea that if somebody was right at the back of the venue they'd still be a part of my show. I enjoy playing live more now. I'm a lot more comfortable with it.

When you start off in the music business you have the idea people are gonna hate you. You think, 'I'm no good and they're gonna boo me off.' I've now got to the stage where I think, 'The tickets are sold out so these people probably want to see me.' Treat the audience like they're your mates. I feel like I'm playing to family.

John and George were real mates. I have a huge fondness for them. They were both part of my life and who I am. There are little reminders of them all the time. Today, somebody brought me a new book by 1960s photographer Duffy and I saw a picture of John in it. Now, if I write a song, I'm always cross-checking in my mind, 'Would John have let me write that line or is it just too soppy?' Sometimes, I just think, 'Too bad, it's my song.' But I'm always cross-checking with him.
The combination of those four guys was pretty interesting. We weren't together that long but think of the work we put in. Every album was different. Album after album, single after single beat the last one. The nice thing now is I don't have to be modest about The Beatles any more. I can call them great because it's over. There was something very special about The Beatles.

[on the break-up of The Beatles] Personally it was a nightmare. It was really difficult, because I knew I didn't hate them, but I knew we had to save The Beatles, and I was the only one who was going to do it - because the three of them were just sending it down the chute.
Peter is an old friend of mine from Liverpool. While I found my way into a notorious music group, he went on to university and greater things! It was not long before he had a very successful career in television and though both of us have led fairly hectic lives, we still keep in touch. His memoirs are a must-read. (On Peter Sissons)

[on owning a Rolls Royce with black windows] I'm going to get a bicycle with black windows.
[on "Press To Play"] I liked Hugh Padgham's work because I'd liked what he'd done with The Police, I liked what he'd done with Phil Collins and Genesis. I knew that if I worked with Hugh one thing - like the drum sound - would be good because he really gets a real great drum sound and it is the anchor of your album.
[on getting the idea for the classic song 'Yesterday' in a dream] I just fell out of bed and it was there. I have a piano by the side of my bed and just got up and played the chords. I thought I must have heard it the night before or something, and spent about three weeks asking all the music people I knew, 'What is this song?' I couldn't believe I'd written it.

[February 2013]: My grandkids always beat me at Rock Band. And I say, Listen, you may beat me at Rock Band, but I made the original records, so shut up.

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