Sir Paul McCartney sits at the pinnacle of popular music. He's the most successful musician and composer the world has ever seen. He's achieved legendary success as a member of The Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist. McCartney is also the subject of one of rock and roll's greatest jokes. The joke goes as follows: "A daughter walks up to her father and asks, 'Daddy, was Paul McCartney in a group before Wings?'"
McCartney was bone June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. His mother died when he was 14 and his father played trumpet and piano in a local jazz band. Paul's father gave him a nickel-plated trumpet but once the skiffle craze hit the island he traded it for a Framus Zenith acoustic guitar. When McCartney was 12 he met George Harrison on a bus and when he was 15 he met a kid by the name of John Lennon. The three began playing music together and by the time 1960 arrived they were performing under the name The Beatles.
Early in their Beatles' careers McCartney and Lennon agreed to share songwriting credit. So their songs may say they were composed by Lennon/McCartney but they can actually be attributed to one or the other. Some of MCartney's most famous Beatles songs are "Yesterday," "Fool on the Hill," "Hey Jude," and "Let It Be." Incidentally, "Yesterday" is the most covered song in popular music history.
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