A quarter of the most influential group of all time, half of the most successful songwriting duo of all time, the man we call Macca is the biggest star we have!
- Born 18 June 1942 in Liverpool, England
- Played rhythm guitar for The Quarrymen and The Beatles, he only reluctantly switched to bass when band mate Stuart Sutcliffe left to pursue a career as an artist.
- Won a 'Best Instrumental Theme' Ivor Novello Award for his work in the soundtrack to 'The Family Way', a 1966 film staring Hayley Mills
- Along with Ringo, John & George, received an MBE in 1965
- Released two solo albums - 'McCartney' in 1970 and 'Ram' in 1971- before forming the band Wings with wife, Linda and form Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine.
- Was knighted in 1997 for his services to music
- Having witnessed the 9/11 attacks from the JFK airport tarmac, McCartney took a leading role in organising the Concert for New York City. He also wrote the song 'Freedom' in response to the attacks.
- In July 2005, he performed at the Live 8 event in Hyde Park, opening the show with 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' and closing it with 'The Long and Winding Road'.