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From cheeky scouse youth through teen heart-throb and to rock icon, Macca's life in pictures...
Classic pose with George at The Royal Command Performance 1963
Fresh-faced and sporting the Hohner bass guitar that would become his trademark, during rehearsals in Liverpool, 1963. Pic PA
Being interviewed by Cathy McGowan for Ready Steady Go, 1964. Pic PA
Former Beatle Paul McCartney, 37, poses at his Sussex retreat farmhouse near Rye, England, Jan. 27, 1980
Paul McCartney with wife Linda and children Stella (being carried), Mary (centre) and Heather at Heathrow Airport, leaving for a holiday in Jamaica.
Paul McCartney and his wife Linda McCartney formed the band Wings in 1971
Paul McCartney during interview in California on Oct. 24, 1984
Tenor Luciano Pavarotti and Sir Paul McCartney during Gramophone Magazine's 1997 Classical Music Awards at London's Alexandra Palace.
Paul McCartney gives his approval during the presentation of the Chloe fall/winter collection in Paris. Next to him is his wife Linda - their daughter Stella is the head designer at Chloe.
Sir Paul McCartney performs during 'Here There and Everywhere - a Concert for Linda McCartney' at London's Royal Albert Hall, April 1999.
Sir Paul McCartney performs on stage during the opening night of the European leg of his Back In The World 2003 tour at the Palais Omnisports Bercy in Paris, France.
Sir Paul McCartney performs on stage at the Manchester Evening News Arena during the UK leg of his Back in the World tour. The former Beatle had been forced to cancel an earlier date in Sheffield after he had lost his voice.
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney performing on stage at Earl's Court in London.
Bono, Paul McCartney and Freddie Mercury were among pop stars to join in Live Aid.
Paul McCartney in concert. The popular ex-Beatle played for 46,000 fans at the 'Parken' Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark in May 2003.
Sir Paul McCartney, sporting a 'No More Landmines' tee-shirt, performing his concert at a specially built arena at Kings Dock, Liverpool. Thousands of McCartney fans descended on Liverpool for the final concert of the ex-Beatles world tour
Paul McCartney peeks through the curtains during rehearsals for a performance atop the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee during a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York, Wednesday, July 15, 2009.
Paul McCartney performs on top of the Ed Sullivan Theatre marquee during his musical appearance on the CBS "Late Show with David Letterman" in New York.
Paul McCartney performs atop the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee during a taping of "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York, Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Sporting a specially customized bass guitar, McCartney performed at the Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert outside Buckingham Palace, June 2012. Pic PA
Performing at the Musicares Award, Feb 2012. Pic PA
Sir Paul McCartney shows off his medal after receiving his knighthood from the Queen at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.