Sir Paul McCartney (born 1942) is a British musician famous for being the bassist and frequent lead singer for The Beatles. Along with John Lennon, he was one half of the Lennon/McCartney songwriting team, which wrote much of the band's material. McCartney favored lighter, more pop-oriented songs than Lennon, which became much more apparent after April 1970 when the Beatles broke up and both began to record solo. McCartney soon formed a new band, Wings (band), and recorded many staples of AM/FM radio. His song "Yesterday" had been covered by over 3,500 artists, making it the most covered song in music history. Guinness World Records has ranked him as "the most successful musician of all time".
In 1965, along with his then Beatle bandmates, Queen Elizabeth II appointed McCartney a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). He was later knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1997.
Paul was married for thirty years to Linda Eastman who played keyboards in Wings. Eastman died in 1998 after a three-year battle with breast cancer. His second marriage to Heather Mills lasted for four years. On October 9, 2011, McCartney married American Nancy Shevell in London. He continues to tour and perform, and is Britain's highest-earning musician today.
McCartney has been arrested twice for possession of marijuana and publicly called for its legalization.
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