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12 Facts About Paul McCartney

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Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer.

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With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop music.

Richard Starkey, MBE, known professionally as Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for the Beatles.

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music.

George Harrison, MBE was an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles.

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His songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.

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After the band's break-up, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine.

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McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time.

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More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song "Yesterday", more than any other copyrighted song in history.

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Wings' 1977 release "Mull of Kintyre" is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK.

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A two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a 21-time Grammy Award winner, McCartney has written, or co-written, 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2009 he has 25.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States.

The Recording Industry Association of America is a continental North and South American trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States.

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is a hall of fame and museum located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States.

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McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr all received The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for services to music.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is the "order of chivalry of British constitutional monarchy"; rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organisations and public service outside the Civil Service.

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McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music.

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He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education.

Animal rights is the idea that some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests—such as the need to avoid suffering—should be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings.

A land mine is an explosive device concealed under or on the ground and designed to destroy or disable enemy targets, ranging from combatants to vehicles and tanks, as they pass over or near it.

Vegetarianism is the practice of abstaining from the consumption of meat, and may also include abstention from by-products of animal slaughter.

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He has married three times and is the father of five children.

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