Sir Paul McCartney is a Grammy Award-winning English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of the Beatles. Following his departure from the Beatles, McCartney launched a successful solo career. He has also worked on film scores, classical music, and ambient/electronic music.
McCartney has released a large catalogue of songs as a solo artist, and has taken part in projects to assist international charities. He is listed in “Guinness World Records” as the most successful musician and composer in popular music history, with 60 gold discs and sales of 100 million singles. His song “Yesterday” has been played more than 7,000,000 times on American TV and radio. His company MPL Communications owns the copyrights to more than three thousand songs, including all of the songs written by Buddy Holly, along with the publishing rights to musicals such as Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, and Grease.
Aside from his musical work, McCartney is a painter, an advocate for animal rights, vegetarianism, and music education, and is active in campaigns against landmines, seal culls and Third World debt. He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1965, and was knighted in 1997. In February 1990, McCartney was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and, in March 1999, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, after having been inducted with the Beatles in 1988.
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