Sir Paul McCartney will forever be one of the world's most successful and best loved musicians.
He has been a prolific songwriter and performer ever since his teenage days in the Quarrymen in the late 1950s, and shows no signs of slowing down.
We've picked our very favourite Paul McCartney songs (not including his work with The Beatles otherwise we'll be here all day, or Christmas tunes) to make for a perfect Macca setlist...
1. 'Maybe I'm Amazed'
McCartney dedicated this song to his wife Linda, who had helped him get through the break-up of the Beatles. Despite it being one of his best known solo songs, he never actually released it as a single.
In honor of Paul McCartney’s birthday today (June 18), we look back during the magical time when the Beatles ruled the world and changed the face of music forever.
Enjoy these classic Beatles images!
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The Beatles – “Love Me Do”
HIT #1: May 30, 1964
STAYED AT #1: 1 week
“Love Me Do” was eight years old by the time it hit #1. A 16-year-old Paul McCartney had written most of the song while skipping school in 1958, with his friend John Lennon helping out on a few parts. The two of them hadn’t even formed the Beatles yet. “Love Me Do” was also the Beatles’ first single; they released it in the UK toward the end of 1962. They recorded three different versions of it with three different drummers, though the one that featured the newly recruited Ringo Starr was the one that ended up coming out. The song only made it to #17 in the UK, but it established the group as something. It was only a beginning.
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Friday came and went without the new Paul McCartney album a television report said was headed our way, but the Beatles legend continues to drop hints that something big may be announced soon.
This morning, that included tweeting out an image that looks an awful lot like an album cover, featuring what appears to be a red ticket on a yellow background with his name and the letters "N.B.P." on it.
If McCartney is about to release a new album - and if you still feel like speculating, tomorrow (June 18) is his birthday - it would be his first collection of new material since New, in 2013.
McCartney had been hinting at at releasing new music this year, mentioning on his website in January that he was “putting the finishing touches” on a new album.
With his big, expressive eyes and lovely compositions that leaned toward the sweeter side of the Beatles' catalog, it's easy to get why Paul McCartney, among his mop-topped mates, was pegged early on as "the cute one." And though he reportedly didn't love that label, he never did shy away from those sillier aspects of his personality guaranteed to raise a smile. Here, in honor of his 76th birthday (June 18), a nostalgic look back at Paul at peak adorable. (Pictured above: pulling faces on his 22nd birthday during a tour in Sydney, 1964.)
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More remarkable than the admittedly poor audio quality of the performance itself is George Drynan’s off-the-cuff interviews with St. John Ambulance attendants and crowd members, all of whom assumed he was a reporter owing to his button-down appearance and professional manner.
On Aug. 17, 1966, amid the din and hullabaloo of what would be the last-ever Beatles concert in Canada, nobody seems to have noticed the middle-aged man in the stands with a reel-to-reel tape recorder. He was George K. Drynan, QC, a day-tripping father of three, war veteran and sedan-owning Rotarian who travelled to Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens from Oshawa, Ont., with his wife – the accomplished organist, composer and choirmaster Margaret (Peggy) Drynan – and a family friend. The oldest son, John, handled the driving. Younger son James also attended the show, but had arranged separate transportation.
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