Hey [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm]!
You say it’s your birthday (tomorrow), well, it’s our birthday too!
Actually, it’s not really Jack FM’s birthday… but feel free to still get us a present. We won’t mind.
Look up “living legend” in the dictionary, and chances are, you’ll see a picture of Sir Paul McCartney.
According to the Guinness World Records, McCartney is the most commercially successful songwriter in the history of popular music. He is responsible for 32 # 1 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and has written some of the most popular songs in rock music with his [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beatles [/lastfm]band mate, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm].
When the Beatles broke up in 1970, Paul McCartney launched a successful solo career.
In 1971, Paul and his wife, Linda, released Ram. It was Paul’s second solo album, and the only album to be credited to husband and wife. It went to # 2 in the States, spent five months in the Top 10 and sold over two million copies.
The album’s ambitious single (and Jack’s Song of the Day), “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” was released and became Paul’s first # 1 single in the U.S. since his days with the Beatles. The song was based on Paul’s uncle and on U.S. Admiral William “Bull” Halsey. It’s also noted for its use of sound effects, such as a thunderstorm with rain, a dialing telephone, a message machine, chirping birds and the wind by the seashore. It earned Paul a Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists.
Shortly after the release of Ram, Paul and Linda formed the band, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wings[/lastfm]. From 1971 to 1981, Paul continued racking up the hit singles and topping the charts.
Over the years, Paul McCartney has continued working in both popular and classical music. He’s toured the world, performed at a large number of concerts and events, and remained active in his charity work. Paul has also collaborated with other popular artists, including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Stevie Wonder[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Michael Jackson [/lastfm]and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Costello[/lastfm].
In 1988, Paul, along with the other Beatles, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He was again inducted in 1999 as a solo artist.
Currently, there are plans for a Paul McCartney tribute album featuring recordings of his songs by artists like [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kiss,[/lastfm] [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Garth Brooks[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Billy Joel[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]B.B. King[/lastfm] and others.
Here’s Paul with Wings rockin’ out to “Maybe I’m Amazed.” We wish someone would write us a love song.
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