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Name: Paul McCartney                                                                     
Birth name: James Paul McCartney                                                         
Born: 18 June 1942 Liverpool, England                                                   
Sir James Paul McCartney (born 18 June 1942) is a Grammy Award-winning                   
English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide         
fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. McCartney and John Lennon           
formed one of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships and "wrote   
some of the most popular music in rock and roll history." After leaving The             
Beatles, McCartney launched a successful solo career and formed the band Wings           
with his first wife, Linda Eastman McCartney and songwriter/singer, Denny Laine.         
He has worked on film scores, classical music, and ambient/electronic music;             
released a large catalogue of songs as a solo artist; and taken part in projects         
to help international charities.                                                         
McCartney is listed in Guinness World Records as the most successful musician           
and composer in popular music history, with 60 gold discs and sales of 100               
million singles. His song "Yesterday" is listed as the most covered song in             
history 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 (three charity singles have since surpassed it in sales; the first to             
do so in 1984 was Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?", whose participants         
included McCartney).                                                                     
His company MPL Communications owns the copyrights to more than three thousand           
songs, including all of the songs written by Buddy Holly, along with the                 
publishing rights to such musicals as Guys and Dolls, A Chorus Line, and Grease.         
Aside from his musical work, McCartney is an actor, a painter and an advocate           
for animal rights, vegetarianism, and music education; he is active in campaigns         
against landmines, seal culls and Third World debt.