Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney

Timeline of Paul McCartney, a legendary British musician and songwriter, best known as a founding member of The Beatles. His prolific career spans decades, marked by numerous hit songs, albums, and contributions to music history.


June 18, 1942


Liverpool, England


Singer, songwriter, musician and businessman


Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, where he met fellow Beatle, George Harrison. After completing his secondary education, he pursued music instead of further formal education.


18 June 1942

Birth of Paul McCartney

James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England. He would go on to become a central figure in the music group the Beatles, one of the most famous and influential bands in the history of popular music.


06 July 1957

Paul McCartney meets John Lennon

Paul McCartney met John Lennon and his band, the Quarrymen, at the Woolton Fête. McCartney impressed Lennon and was subsequently invited to join the band.


17 August 1960

The Beatles' First Hamburg Residency

Paul McCartney, along with the Beatles, embarked on their first stint in Hamburg, Germany, which was a formative experience for the band, helping to mould their musical style and stage presence.


12 September 1964

The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show

Paul McCartney, as part of the Beatles, had their first live US television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers, marking a pivotal moment in the British Invasion.


10 April 1970

Announcement of The Beatles' Break-up

Paul McCartney issued a press release for his solo album 'McCartney', which led to the public acknowledgment of the break-up of the Beatles.


17 May 1971

Formation of the Band 'Wings'

Paul McCartney formed the band Wings, which became successful in its own right with hits like 'Band on the Run' and 'Live and Let Die'.


11 March 1997

Paul McCartney was Knighted

Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music, becoming Sir Paul McCartney.


17 April 1998

Death of Linda McCartney

Paul McCartney's wife, Linda McCartney, passed away from breast cancer. She was a musician, photographer, and animal rights activist and had been married to Paul since 1969.


04 June 2012

Performance at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert

Paul McCartney performed at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in London, which commemorated the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne.


18 December 2020

Release of McCartney III

Paul McCartney released 'McCartney III', his eighteenth solo album. The album was part of a trilogy of self-titled solo recordings, following 'McCartney' (1970) and 'McCartney II' (1980).

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