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Paul McCartney

1942

James Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England.

1957

John Lennon meets Paul McCartney at the Woolton Parish Church in Liverpool during a performance by John’s group the Quarrymen. Impressed by Paul’s ability to tune a guitar and by his knowledge of song lyrics, John asks him to join the group.

1957

Paul McCartney makes his debut with the Quarrymen, a skiffle group founded by John Lennon.

1958

Paul McCartney introduces George Harrison to the Quarrymen at a basement teen club called the Morgue. George joins the group.

1960

The Beatles make their debut in Hamburg, West Germany, with Stu Sutcliffe on bass and Pete Best on drums.

1960

A quartet comprising John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best (later replaced by Ringo Starr) performs as “the Beatles” for the first time in Hamburg, Germany.

1961

The Beatles make their debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

1961

Local record store manager Brian Epstein is introduced to the Beatles. He soon signs a contract to manage them.

1962

Stu Sutcliffe dies of a brain hemorrhage.

1962

The Beatles audition for George Martin at Parlophone/EMI Records. He agrees to sign the group, but insists that Pete Best be replaced. Within months, Richard “Ringo” Starkey joins the group.

1962

The Beatles record their first sessions at EMI Studios in London, with George Martin as producer.

1964

Peter and Gordon reach Number One in the U.S. with “World Without Love,” a song written by Paul McCartney, but never recorded by the Beatles.

1964

The Beatles begin their first U.S. tour at the Coliseum in Washington, D.C.

1964

The world premiere of The Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ takes place in London.

1965

The Beatles play in front of almost 60,000 fans at Shea Stadium in New York City.

1965

The Beatles are awarded England’s prestigious MBE (Members of the Order of the British Empire). John comments, “I thought you had to drive tanks and win wars to get the MBE.”

1966

After their concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, the Beatles declare this to be their final concert tour.

1967

‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is released in Britain.

1968

Apple Corps, Ltd. begins operating in London. It is the Beatles’ attempt to take control of their own creative and economic destiny. Later that month, John invites Yoko to his house in Weybridge. They make experimental tapes all night.

1969

The Beatles make their last performance as a group on the roof of the Apple building during the filming of ‘Let It Be’.

1969

Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman are married in London.

1969

Commencing with a call to a Detroit disk jockey, rumors that Paul McCartney is dead begin circulating. These are based on a number of apparently planted “clues” divined from Beatle lyrics and album covers. The “Paul is dead” hoax is laid to rest when Paul McCartney emerges from seclusion in Scotland, announcing that “rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

1970

Paul McCartney announces his “break with the Beatles” in a typed statement enclosed in copies of the solo album McCartney sent to the British press. Paul McCartney attributes the split to “personal differences, musical differences, business differences, but most of all because I have a better time with my family.”

1970

‘McCartney’ on which the ex-Beatle played all the parts, is released.

1971

Paul McCartney unveils his new band, Wings, comprising Paul McCartney and Linda with Denny Laine (guitar) and Denny Seiwell (drums).Paul and Linda remain loyal to the Wings rubric for the next ten years.

1974

‘Band On the Run’, credited to Paul McCartney and Wings, hits the top of the U.S. album chart, where it will remain for four weeks.

1975

Wings’ ambitious world tour, the first such undertaking by a Beatle, kicks off in Britain. It runs for 13 months, ending in October 1976. ‘Wings Over America’, a three-record set released in December 1976, is culled from U.S. dates on the tour.

1976

‘Wings at the Speed of Sound’ hits the top of the U.S. album chart, where it will remain for seven weeks.

1977

In the thick of the punk-rock blitzkrieg, Paul McCartney tops the U.K. charts for nine weeks with the pastoral waltz “Mull of Kintyre.” It surpasses the Beatles’ “She Loves You” as the best-selling U.K. single of all time; curiously, it is only a B-side (of the “Girls School” single) in America.

1980

‘McCartney II’, which is represented as Paul’s second solo album—all of the others since ‘McCartney’ being group projects with Wings—is released.

1980

Coming Up (Live at Glasgow) (Paul McCartney & Wings) was a hit.

1982

‘Tug of War’, which reunites Paul McCartney with Beatles producer George Martin, is released to glowing reviews and strong sales. A duet with Stevie Wonder, “Ebony and Ivory,” tops the singles chart for seven weeks.

1985

Paul McCartney’s performance of “Let It Be” closes the Live Aid benefit concert at Wembley Stadium in Britain.

1989

CHOBA B CCCP ("Again in U.S.S.R."), an album of classic rock and roll, is released only in Russia on the state-run Melodiya label. The heavily bootlegged album is legally issued elsewhere in the world, with an additional 14th track, in 1991.

1989

Paul McCartney commences a world tour that will run through July 29, 1990. ‘Tripping the Live Fantastic’, an album of concert highlights that includes many Beatles songs, appears in November 1990.

1990

Paul McCartney is given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.

1991

Paul McCartney’s ‘Liverpool Oratorio’ is performed at the Liverpool Cathedral by the Liverpool Orchestra. It is also performed at New York’s Carnegie Hall in November, and a recording of Paul McCartney’s quasi-autobiographical oratorio appears in December.

1993

Off the Ground enters the U.S. chart at #17. A month later, Paul McCartney kicks off another world tour in Perth, Australia. ‘Paul Is Live’, his third live album, appears in November.

1994

Paul McCartney inducts John Lennon into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I love him to this day and I always did love him,” says Paul McCartney.

1997

‘Flaming Pie’, Paul McCartney’s first studio album in four years, is released.

1997

‘Standing Stone’, Paul McCartney’s first symphonic work, is released on the EMI Classics label.

1998

Linda McCartney dies of breast cancer at age 56.

1999

Paul McCartney is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fourteenth annual induction dinner.

1999

Paul McCartney releases ‘Run Devil Run’, a collection of vintage rock and roll covers plus three originals.