This Saturday June 18, the British pop legend turns 80 and is still more active than ever. In a few days, the June 25, he will be performing in concert at Glastonbury as part of the end of his tour Got Back Tour. “The Glastonbury crowd has always reminded me of a medieval battle scene,” he posted on his Twitter account last March.
a didactic musician
In numerous interviews Paul was in charge of clarifying that he does not know how to read a musical score. the musicologist Ian Mcdonald described his approach as “by nature drawn to the formal aspects of music despite being totally unlearned […] Technically, he produces “formal” works almost entirely by instinct, his harmonic assessment is based mainly on a perfect musical perception and a pair of sharp ears. […] [un] melodist by nature —creator of tunes capable of existing apart from their harmony” (Source Wikipedia).
McCartney commented: “I prefer to think about my musical approach […] something like primitive cave artists, who drew without training” (Source Wikipedia).
After 50 years of working alone uninterruptedly, he had to take a break in the Covid 19 pandemic. He took refuge with his daughter Mary and four of his eight grandchildren on his farm in England. During that time of standstill, his genius did not stop: he recorded an album “McCartney III”which was released in December 2020 and was number one on the UK charts.
During the year 2021 he re-recorded that album together with other music artists and published a book with anecdotes from his career, called “The Lyrics”. In addition, he took time to write a book of vegan recipes with his daughters Mary and Stella, and another children’s story.
The world of streaming does not leave him out and premieres on Disney + “McCartney 3,2,1”. This is a series of interviews with producer Rick Rubin. Also, Peter Jackson’s documentary “The Beatles: Get Back.”
In his personal life he had three marriages and five children. In addition, he experienced one of the most mediatic and millionaire divorces in history, with his ex-wife Heather Mills.
James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool in 1942, in a humble family. Her mother was a nurse and midwife and her father was a volunteer firefighter during the Battle of Britain. Paul lost his mother at age 14, when she died of a stroke.
The McCartney’s father he was also dedicated to music, he was a trumpeter and pianist in a band called Jim Mac’s Jazz Band. He had an upright piano in his living room, encouraged his children to be musicians, and advised Paul to take piano lessons, but he preferred to learn by ear.
Paul McCartney and John Lennon they met when they were teenagers. They first played together in the Quarrymen, which later became the Beatles, with the arrival of George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Then came “Beatlemania”, and the hysteria that they provoked in their wake with those bangs and haircuts that set the trend in the 60s. Alongside Lennon, McCartney wrote such hits as “Hey Jude,” “Penny Lane,” and “Yesterday,” which was recorded in 1,600 different versions.
The friendship with Lennon came to an end on the set of “Let It Be”, and the “Fabulous Four” broke up on April 10, 1970, after 10 years of success. From that moment McCartney began his career as a soloist and continues to date performing live and creating new works.
Paul and Ringo Starr, aged 81, are the only surviving members of The Beatles.
Other arts and awards
Among his jobs, Paul also dabbled in classical music, painting, and sculpture. In addition, he dedicated himself to good causes such as the environment, animals and human rights.
In his successful career he has won numerous awards and recognitions. He won 18 Grammys, and was named “Sir” by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.
Watch a concert in the United States on his “Got Back Tour”: