Paul McCartney has been the most prolific ex-Beatle, releasing more than two dozen albums as either a solo artist or with his post-Fab group Wings since his most famous band broke up in 1970. He wasted no time making new music following the split, putting out his self-titled debut – on which he played every single instrument – right around the time their breakup was announced. Over the next decade, he scored six No. 1 albums, including ‘Band on the Run,’ his best work since the Beatles. Since Wings dissolved at the end of the ‘70s, McCartney has released a series of solo records that explore everything from everlasting love to his early rock ‘n’ roll roots to his own nostalgia. He continues to make music and perform live, 50 years after he turned the world on its head with the Beatles.
Birthday: June 18, 1942
Selected Discography: ‘Band on the Run’ (1973), ‘Wings at the Speed of Sound’ (1976), ‘Tug of War’ (1982)
Many of Paul McCartney’s biggest fans will readily admit that he’s put out his share of clunkers over the years. However, his album ‘Band on the Run,’ which was released in December of 1973, is near-universally acknowledged as the best of his post-Beatles career.
While controversy seemed to follow John Lennon on a daily basis in the early-70s, it was not a foreign concept to his former Beatles band mate Paul McCartney either. In early 1972, McCartney and his band Wings, released the defiantly political single, 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish.' Dipping into controversial waters out of character for McCartney, and though the single was strong and hard-rocking, the BBC thought it was too much, and promptly banned it.
In this day and age where it becomes more and more difficult for artists to promote their work, Paul McCartney deserves credit for looking for new ways. The legend recently sponsored the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament in Fukuoka, Japan, and put in a personal appearance.
They are undoubtedly the greatest songwriting duo of the rock era. But which Beatles star -- John Lennon or Paul McCartney -- created better music on their own following the group's breakup? We asked two of our writers to each take on one side of this great classic roc
We might not hear much rock in the Top 40 these days, but the genre can still pay pretty well if you're lucky enough to have the right audience. Just ask Paul McCartney, Elton John and Bon Jovi, all of whom cracked Forbes' most recent list of the highest-paid musicians on the planet.
The Faces were the ultimate good-time British rock band of the '70s. Paul McCartney made some of the best hook-stuffed music played on the radio during the era. Both need your votes to get into the Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame.
By the early '80s, with the Beatles and Wings completely in the past, Paul McCartney got down to the business of focusing on his solo career in earnest, resulting in an outpouring of material that included some of his most massive pop hits.
Much has been made of Paul McCartney's decision to reach out to some unexpected collaborators for his latest album, 'New.' But as he revealed during a recent interview, he still seeks advice from his oldest songwriting partner.
A couple weeks ago, word leaked that the video for Paul McCartney's latest single 'Queenie Eye' would star a ton of the legend's famous fans. Well, it's finally out, and it indeed is a star-studded affair.
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