Paul McCartneywas born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. His mother, Mary, was a nurse at the General Hospital where he was born. He has one brother, Michael, who was born on January 7, 1944. Paul is a songwriter, singer, can play multiple instruments, and is well known as being one of the founders of The Beatles rock group. He and John Lennon formed the group and it was considered to be one of the most influential groups of all times. It has also been one of the groups labeled for the cause of drugs being brought to the United States. It was the beginning of an era where drugs became more prevalent. They wrote some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. The other members of the group were Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Harrison was the lead guitarist and Paul was lead singer as well as John on occasion. Paul and John wrote the songs for the group and many of them became hits in the 1960's and 1970's.
At the age of 15, Paul met John Lennon and the Quarrymen. The group practiced in Paulís front room. John and Paul collaborated on many songs. They changed the name of their group from The Quarrymen to The Silver beetles, then later changed it to The Beatles. Their manager was Allan Williams beginning in 1960. He booked them with the Indra Club in hamburg. Paulís father was reluctant to let Paul go to Hamburg but after he found out how much Paul would be making, he let him go. He was going to make more than his father made. This was the beginning of a worldwide recognition for the Beatles. After the beatles split up, Paul went on to record solo and was very successful with it.
Paul and the other beatles were appointed Members of the Order of British Empire on June 12, 1965. They received an insignia from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on October 26.Paul was knighted on March 11, 1997. He dedicated his knighthood to his other Beatle members, and to the people of Liverpool. Paul was nominated for an Academy award for solo artist for his songs Vanilla Sky, and Live and Let Die. The beatles won an Oscar in 1970. Paul was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990 and was also inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of Fame as a solo artist in 1999. The beatles were inducted in 1988. He won the award for British Male Solo artist and The Sony award for technical Excellence at the Brit Awards in 1983.
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