Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney
Birth name James Paul McCartney
Born June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England
Years Active 1957-present
Member of The Beatles
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Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
The Beatles Himself (singing) 1965–1967 1 2 3

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
V.I.P. Himself (uncredited) 2x13 - All You Need Is Val February 5, 2000
Saturday Night Live Himself/Musical Guest - May 17, 1980
Saturday Night Live Himself/Musical Guest - February 13, 1993
Saturday Night Live Himself/Musical Guest - December 11, 2010
Saturday Night Live Himself/Musical Guest - December 15, 2012


Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Wings Over the World Himself March 16, 1979

Talk Show Appearances

Album History

With The Beatles

  • Please Please Me
  • Introducing The Beatles (U.S.; Vee-Jay release of Please Please Me)
  • With The Beatles
  • Meet The Beatles (U.S.; songs from Please Please Me and With The Beatles)
  • The Beatles' Second Album (U.S.; songs from With The Beatles)
  • A Hard Day's Night (Parlorphone version all songs; United Artists version in U.S. features instrumentals from film)
  • Something New (U.S.; songs from A Hard Day's Night)
  • The Beatles' Story (U.S.; documentary)
  • Beatles For Sale
  • The Early Beatles (U.S.; songs from Please Please Me)
  • Beatles '65 (U.S.; songs from Beatles For Sale)
  • Beatles VI (U.S.; songs from Beatles For Sale and Parlorphone edition of Help!)
  • Help! (Parlorphone version all songs; Capitol version in U.S. features instrumentals from film)
  • Rubber Soul (U.S. version includes songs from Parlorphone edition of Help!)
  • Revolver
  • Yesterday...And Today (U.S.; features songs from Parlorphone editions of Help! and Revolver)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Magical Mystery Tour
  • The Beatles (more commonly referred to as "The White Album")
  • Yellow Submarine
  • Abbey Road
  • Let It Be
  • Hey Jude (U.S.; songs previously not featured on albums)
  • The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl (1975 release of 1965 concert)
  • Let It Be...Naked (Re-release of Let It Be without Phil Spector production values)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition

Beatles singles (releases with no country designation indicate both UK and US releases)

  • My Bonnie / The Saints (with Tony Sheridan; UK)
  • Love Me Do / P.S. I Love You (UK)
  • Please Please Me / Ask Me Why (UK)
  • From Me To You / Thank You Girl
  • She Loves You / I'll Get You
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand / This Boy (UK)
  • Roll Over Beethoven / Please Mr. Postman (Canada)
  • I Want To Hold Your Hand / I Saw Her Standing There (US)
  • Please Please Me / From Me To You (US; Vee-Jay, Capitol 6000 series)
  • Sweet Georgia Brown / Nobody's Child (UK--Polydor)
  • All My Loving / This Boy (Canada)
  • Why / Cry For A Shadow (UK--Polydor)
  • Twist And Shout / There's A Place (US--Tollie, Capitol 6000 series)
  • Can't Buy Me Love / You Can't Do That (US)
  • Do You Want To Know A Secret? / Thank You Girl (US--Vee-Jay, Capitol 6000 series)
  • Sie Liebt Dich / I'll Get You (US--Swan)
  • Ain't She Sweet / Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby (UK--Polydor)
  • Sweet Georgia Brown / Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby (US--Atco)
  • Ain't She Sweet / Nobody's Child (US--Atco)
  • A Hard Day's Night / Things We Said Today (UK)
  • A Hard Day's Night / I Should Have Known Better (US)
  • I'll Cry Instead / I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
  • And I Love Her / If I Fell
  • Matchbox / Slow Down
  • I Feel Fine / She's A Woman
  • Eight Days A Week / I Don't Want To Spoil The Party
  • Ticket To Ride / Yes It Is
  • Help! / I'm Down
  • Yesterday / Act Naturally
  • Roll Over Beethoven / Misery (US--Capitol 6000 series)
  • Boys / Kansas City--Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey (US--Capitol 6000 series)
  • We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper
  • Nowhere Man / What Goes On
  • Paperback Writer / Rain
  • Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby
  • Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane
  • All You Need Is Love / Baby You're A Rich Man
  • Hello Goodbye / I Am The Walrus
  • Lady Madonna / The Inner Light
  • Hey Jude / Revolution (first release on Apple label)
  • Get Back / Don't Let Me Down
  • The Ballad Of John And Yoko / Old Brown Shoe
  • Something / Come Together
  • Let It Be / You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
  • The Long And Winding Road / For You Blue
  • Yesterday / I Should Have Known Better (UK--1976 re-release)
  • Got To Get You Into My Life / Helter Skelter (US)
  • Back In The U.S.S.R. / Twist And Shout (UK)
  • Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da / Julia (US)
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / A Day In The Life
  • Beatles Movie Medley / I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
  • Free As A Bird / Christmastime (Is Here Again)
  • Real Love / Baby's In Black

Beatles Compilations

  • The Beatles: 1962-1966
  • The Beatles: 1967-1970
  • Rock And Roll Music
  • The Beatles' Love Songs
  • The Beatles Rarities (U.S. and U.K. editions each featured different tracks and packaging)
  • The Beatles' Reel Music
  • Live At The Tavern Club
  • Live At The BBC
  • Past Masters
  • Anthology (Various outtakes and demos)
  • Yellow Submarine Songtrack
  • 1
  • Love (remixes and dubs for Cirque du Soleil show)
  • Live At The BBC, Vol. 2

Solo Albums

  • The Family Way (soundtrack to movie)
  • McCartney
  • Ram
  • McCartney II
  • Tug Of War
  • Pipes Of Peace
  • The Honorary Consul (soundtrack to movie)
  • Give My Regards To Broad Street
  • Press To Play
  • Back In The U.S.S.R. (Released in Russia only)
  • Flowers In The Dirt
  • Tripping The Live Fantastic
  • Tripping The Live Fantastic: Highlights
  • Unplugged: The Official Bootleg
  • Paul Is Live
  • Off The Ground
  • Flaming Pie
  • Run Devil Run
  • Back In The U.S.
  • Back In The World
  • All The Best (compilation)
  • Liverpool Sound Collage
  • Driving Rain
  • Chaos And Creation In The Back Yard
  • Memory Almost Full
  • Electric Arguments (with The Firemen)
  • Good Evening, New York City
  • Kisses On The Bottom
  • New

Classical renditions

  • Liverpool Oratorio
  • Standing Stone
  • Working Classical
  • A Garland For Linda
  • Ecce Cor Meum
  • Ocean's Kingdom

With Wings

  • Wild Life
  • Red Rose Speedway
  • Band On The Run
  • Venus And Mars
  • Wings At The Speed Of Sound
  • Wings Over America
  • London Town
  • Back To The Egg
  • All The Best (compilation)
  • Wingspan: Hits And History
  • Band On The Run 25th Anniversary Edition

Awards and Accolades

Grammy Awards

With The Beatles:

  • Nominated: Record Of The Year (1964)
I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • Nominated: Best Contemporary Song (1964)
A Hard Day's Night
  • Won: Best New Artist (1964)
  • Won: Best Performance By A Vocal Group (1964)
A Hard Day's Night
  • Nominated: Contemporary Rock & Roll Vocal Group Performance, Album Of The Year, Vocal Group Performance (1966)
  • Nominated: Album Of The Year (1967)
  • Won: Best Album Cover/Package, Graphic Arts (1967)
  • Won: Song of the Year (1967)
  • Won: Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance (1967)
Eleanor Rigby
  • Nominated: Group Vocal Performance, Contemporary Vocal Group (1968)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Won: Album Of The Year, Best Contemporary Album, Best Album Cover/Packages and Graphic Arts, Best Engineered Recording (Non-Classical, 1968)
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  • Nominated: Best Instrumental Arrangement, Accompanying Vocalists (1968)
A Day In The Life
  • Nominated: Album Of The Year (1969)
Magical Mystery Tour
  • Nominated: Best Performance By Pop Duo or Vocal Group, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year (1969)
Hey Jude
  • Nominated: Album Of The Year, Contemporary Vocal Group (1970)
Abbey Road
  • Won: Best Engineered Recording (Non-Classical, 1970)
Abbey Road
  • Nominated: Best Original Score Written For Motion Picture or TV Special (1970)
Yellow Submarine
  • Nominated: Record Of The Year, Contemporary Vocal Group (1971)
Let It Be
  • Won: Best Original Score Written For Motion Picture or TV Special (1971)
Let It Be
  • Won: Grammy Trustees Award (1972)
  • Won: Hall Of Fame Award (1975)
  • Nominated: Best Historical Album (1996)
The Beatles: Live At The BBC
  • Won: Best Music Video (Longform) (1997)
The Beatles Anthology
  • Won: Best Music Video (Shortform) (1997)
Free As A Bird
  • 'Won: Best Pop Performance By Duo or Vocal Group (1997)
Free As A Bird
  • Won: Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (2008)
  • Won: Best Surround Sound Album (2007)
The Beatles Love
  • Won: Best Historical Album (2011)
The Beatles: The Original Studio Recordings
  • Nominated: Best Spoken Word Album (2012)
Fab Four Memories--The Beatles Bond
  • Won: Lifetime Achievement Award (2014)
  • Won: Best Music Film (2017)
Eight Days A Week: The Touring Years

Solo and with Wings:

  • Won: Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists (1972)
Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
  • Nominated: Best Vocal Performance By Duo or Group, Best Original Score for Motion Picture or Television (1973)
Live And Let Die
  • Nominated: Album Of The Year (1975)
Band On The Run
  • Won: Best Performance by Pop Duo or Group With Vocals (1975)
Band On The Run
  • Nominated: Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists (1976)
Let 'Em In
  • Won: Best Rock Instrumental Performance (1980)
Rockestra Theme
  • Nominated: Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male (1980)
Coming Up--Live At Glasgow
  • Nominated: Best Spoken Word--Documentary or Drama Reading (1981)
The McCartney Interview
  • Nominated: Album Of The Year (1982)
Tug Of War
  • Nominated: Song Of The Year, Best Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal (1982)
Ebony And Ivory (with Stevie Wonder)
  • Nominated: Best Performance By A Duo or Group With Vocal (1983)
The Girl Is Mine (with Michael Jackson)
  • Nominated: Best Music Video Shortform (1986)
Rupert And The Frog Song
  • Nominated: Album Of The Year (1997)
Flaming Pie
  • Nominated: Best Alternative Music Album (2001)
Liverpool Sound Collage
  • Nominated: Song Written For Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (2002)
Vanilla Sky
  • Nominated: Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (2004)
Something (with Eric Clapton, from Concert For George)
  • Nominated: Album Of The Year; Best Pop Vocal Album; Producer Of The Year (2007)
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard
  • Nominated: Best Pop Vocal Performance (2006)
A Fine Line
  • Nominated: Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (2007)
Only Mama Knows
  • Nominated: Best Male Pop Solo Performance (2007)
Dance Tonight
  • Nominated: Best Pop Vocal Album (2007)
Memory Almost Full
  • Nominated: Best Solo Rock Performance (2008)
I Saw Her Standing There (from Amoeba's Secret)
  • Nominated: Best Pop Vocal Performance--Singles and Tracks Only (2008)
That Was Me (from Amoeba's Secret)
  • Won: Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance (2011)
Helter Skelter (from Good Evening New York City)
  • Won: Best Historical Album (2012)
Band On The Run (Paul McCartney Archive Collection, Deluxe Edition)
  • Won: Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (2013)
Kisses On The Bottom
  • Won: Best Music Film; Best Surround Sound Album (2014)
Live Kisses
  • Won: Best Special Boxed Set or Limited Edition Package (2014)
Wings Over America
  • Won: Best Rock Song (2014)
Cut Me Some Slack with Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic & Pat Smear
  • Nominated: Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package (2017)
Tug Of War (Deluxe Edition)


The "Paul is dead" controversy, which lingers to this day, was started by the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. When Paul wrote Paperback Writer for a single release, Brian had doubts about it selling because it wasn't a standard Beatles love song. To drum up publicity, Brian hatched the idea to have one of the Beatles "die" then plant clues throughout indicating this supposed death. George and Ringo passed on the idea; John offered to be the "dead" guy but that was nixed as it was assumed everybody knew John was a practical joker anyway. So Paul was elected to "die" and a highly trained lookalike was planted in his stead. In 1970, Paul staged his "resurrection" and called the beliefs of his death "bloody stupid."

Clues started bearing fruit after Epstein died (on Aug. 27, 1967); among them:

  • On Strawberry Fields Forever, the mumbo jumbo at the end has John faintly saying what many think was "I buried Paul." (Anthology Vol. 2 presents that he is saying "I'm very bored.")
  • On Sgt. Pepper, Paul is not wearing a hat as the others were, on the back cover his back is turned to the camera, and a shoulder patch shows the initials "O.P.D." (thought by conspiracy theorists to mean "officially pronounced dead").
  • On The White Album, the chant of "number nine" on Revolution No. 9 is supposed to say "Turn me on, dead man" when played backwards.
  • On the cover of Abbey Road, Paul is barefoot and is holding his cigarette in his right hand. Paul is left-handed. Also on Come Together, one of the lyrics is "One and one and one is three / Got to be good lookin' 'cause he's so hard to see."