Paul McCartney . By Brooke Wakefield. Born in Liverpool, England on June 18, 1942 Paul’s father, Jim McCartney, played trumpet & piano in a music group: “Jim Mac’s Jazz Band”.
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By Brooke Wakefield
Paul’s father, Jim McCartney, played trumpet & piano in a music group: “Jim Mac’s Jazz Band”.
His mother, Mary McCartney, was a nurse/midwife. She died of complications from breast cancer when Paul was 14 years old.
He had one younger brother, Michael McCartney.
In 1962, Stuart Sutcliffe left the band which forced McCartney to become The Beatles’ bass player. After this change, they sang backup for Tony Sheridan where they recorded their first single, “My Bonnie”. The exposure from this single helped them land their first recording contract in May of 1962. The following year, Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best on drums, and their popularity in the UK began to skyrocket.
In 1963, Paul met Jane Asher, a British actress. They began a relationship and he moved in with Jane at her parent’s house in London, where he lived for three years.
During this time he took piano lessons and made tapes with mixes of various songs. He also wrote several songs including “Yesterday”, “And I Love Her”, “You Won’t See Me”, and “I’m Looking Through You”.
The second most covered Beatles song.
Recorded February 25th-27th in 1964.
Took 21 takes in the recording studio.
Features just one vocalist, Paul McCartney.
First Beatles recording using purely acoustic instruments.
Ringo Starr plays bongo drums and George Harrison plays the acoustic guitar solo.
In Steve Turner’s book, The Stories Behind Every Beatles Song, Julian, John Lennon’s son, is quoted: “Paul told me he’d been thinking about my circumstances, about what I was going through and what I’d have to go through. Paul and I used to hang out quite a bit –more than Dad and I did. There seem to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing at that age than me and Dad… It surprises me whenever I hear the song. It’s strange to think someone has written a song about you. It still touches me.” (Turner, Updated 2005)
with all instruments and vocals, ending the verse with the word, “better” repeated 6 times, climbing the scale until the singing changes to… a scream!
In 1969, McCartney married Linda Eastman, an American photographer he had met in 1967. . Paul adopted Linda’s daughter, Heather, and they had three children of their own: Mary, Stella, and James. In 1998, Linda lost her battle with breast cancer and died.
After the Beatles
In 2002, McCartney married, former model, Heather Mills. In 2003 they had a child, Beatrice. They were separated in 2006, and divorced by 2008.