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.
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