Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942, Liverpool) is an English singer and songwriter. Following his departure from The Beatles, McCartney launched a successful solo career and formed the band Wings with his wife, Linda McCartney. McCartney is listed in The Guinness Book Of Records as the most successful musician and composer in popular music history, with sales of 100 million singles and 60 gold discs. McCartney's song "Yesterday" is listed as the most covered song in history and has been played more than 7,000,000 times on American TV and radio.
on 11 March 1997, he was knighted (Knight Bachelor) for his "services to music". He dedicated his knighthood to fellow Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr and to the people of Liverpool
On 18 June 2006, McCartney celebrated his 64th birthday. Paul Vallely noted in The Independent:
"Paul McCartney’s 64th birthday is not merely a personal event. It is a cultural milestone for a generation too. For, such is the nature of celebrity, McCartney is one of those people who throughout his life has, in some intangible way, represented the hopes and aspirations, joys and sorrows of those who were born in the baby-boom era which had its adolescent awakening in the Sixties and Seventies."
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