His most commercialized song, "Yesteday" was played over 6 million radio stations in the USA. The song has been recorded as the most popular song in history. He also holds the record for the largest paid audience for a solo perfomance. He sang infront of , fans at a concert in Rio de Janeiro. As well as working with the Beatles, McCartney is the only ex-Beatles to perform in another band.
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The developing imagination of Sir Paul McCartney has been revealed by the chance find of a schoolboy essay which won him a regional prize at the age of The young writer beat entrants from all over Liverpool in with an original take on the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, one which prefigured lyrics on the Beatles' last recorded album. Tucked inside a scrapbook in Speke library, where the McCartney family regularly borrowed books, the neatly handwritten pages contrast the affectionate ceremony with William the Conqueror's brutal seizure of the crown in The essay has specialist significance for Beatles enthusiasts thanks to a grammatical error, ringed in red by his English master at Joseph Williams primary school in Belle Vale. Although McCartney may have been wrong to begin two sentences with the conjunction "But", his capital Bs reveal the same twirly ends later used on the Beatles' drum skin in — his contribution to the design.
John Lennon was acutely aware of his place in the musical lineage, and the strengths and weaknesses of his own songwriting. Importantly, their shared social milieu was an important foundation for the musical partnership. And I think that was a very good, strong thing about us, actually. The self-taught, peer-driven mode of music making that emerged from early rock and roll and skiffle was solidified as the next generation of its exponents — including Lennon and McCartney — took advantage of the relaxing social conditions as the 50s gave way to the 60s, and closed the gap between amateur and commercial activity. An important underlying aspect of how such partnerships worked, however, is that as well as springing from self-taught musicianship, and the rough-and-tumble of social lives away from the formal demands of school and adult society, they combined what had hitherto often been separate functions — that of songwriter and performer.
Schoolboy essay: Paul McCartney wrote the prize-winning piece in , a year after this picture was taken. But a decade before he first found fame with the Beatles, the young Paul McCartney won a prize for a schoolboy essay praising 'our lovely, young Queen', the soon-to-be-crowned Elizabeth II. The newly-rediscovered, hand-written piece reveals that more than 40 years before she was to knight him, he was already a staunch monarchist - something not to be expected of fellow Beatle John Lennon, who famously returned his MBE in Just two months short of his 11th birthday, the neat one-page essay earned the young McCartney first prize for his age-group in a competition to mark the coronation - a book token, presented by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool.