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English - Enterprising People

Enterprising People 4 - Paul McCartney

Enterprising: (adjective).  Showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects.


Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer-songwriter, poet, composer, multi-instrumentalist, entrepreneur, and record and film producer. Formerly of The Beatles and Wings, McCartney is the most successful songwriter in the history of popular music.

McCartney, from Liverpool, gained worldwide fame as a member of The Beatles. He and John Lennon formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships and wrote some of the most popular songs in the history of rock music. He has worked on film scores and classical and electronic music, and released a large catalogue of songs as a solo artist

He is seen as the most successful musician and composer in popular music history, with 60 gold discs. His song "Yesterday" (credited to Lennon/McCartney, as all songs written by either is listed)  is the most covered song in history—by over 3,500 artists so far—and has been played more than 7,000,000 times on American television and radio.
Wings' 1977 single "Mull of Kintyre" became the first single to sell more than two million copies in the UK, and remains the UK's top selling non-charity single. He is the most successful songwriter in UK singles chart history, based on weeks that his compositions have spent on the chart.

He is a keen football fan, supporting both Everton and Liverpool football clubs. He owns the copyrights to more than 3,000 songs, including all of the songs written by Buddy Holly. McCartney is one of Britain's wealthiest men, with an estimated fortune of £750 million.($1.billion) in 2009.

Mr S. Sutton

Try Our "Brain Challenge"


Five Questions!

          1.Which two of McCartney’s rock groups are specificall mentioned?
          2. With whom did he do most of his work?
          3. What might be described as his most famous song? Give reasons for your answer
          4. In paragraph 3, what does the word “covered” mean?
          5. Why might McCartney support the two football teams mentioned?

Five Words !

     Write the following words in your jotter. Look at the words in a dictionary, or ask an adult      to help with their meanings. Write the meaning for each word in your jotter, beside the      word.

            entrepreneur           influential          activist           composition            copyright


Research/Personal Investigation

   Make a list of 20 of the Beatles’ songs

   Find out some information about the “Mull of Kintyre”       


Mr S. Sutton

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