Paul was born
in Liverpool, England, June 18, 1942. His upbringing
was ideal; he was born into a healthy middle-class
home. His father Jim McCartney was the leader of a
band called Jim Mac's Jazz Band who also brought his
music home, playing piano and singing with his
family. This practice inspired Paul's writing, and
it shows in "When I'm Sixty-Four" and "Honey Pie".
Paul's mother was a very loving woman, a nurse, who
died of breast cancer when Paul was 14.
McCartney joined John Lennon's band The Quarrymen
after amazing John by playing "Be-Bop-A-Lula" and
tuning a guitar. After original bassist Stuart
Sutcliff quit the band Paul reluctantly took over on
bass (only because no one else would). He went on to
write the Beatles' two most successful songs;
"Yesterday" and "Hey Jude" (a song of inspiration to
Julian Lennon after John left him and his mother for
Yoko Ono). After meeting American photographer Linda
Eastman he broke up his engagement with British
actress Jane Asher and married Eastman instead.
Paul called in his brother-in-law as legal help in
sorting out the Beatles' financial problems after
manager Brian Epstein died, however John had called
in Rolling Stones manager Alan Klein. The fighting
was too much for Paul, who, after recording Abbey
Road, recorded his first solo album McCartney and
with it issued a press statement that he had quit
the Beatles, stunning the world. Later in the year
he wrote to John, suggesting the breakup of the
band's financial relationship.
Forming his own band, Wings, Paul enjoyed an
immensely successful solo career. He later got
involved with music publishing, specializing in dead
singers like Buddy Holly. In 1979 The Guinness Book
of World Records named him the most successful
composer of all time, and later he became one of the
wealthiest men in Britain.