McCartney, Sir (James) Paul
- David Gutman
(b Liverpool, June 18, 1942). English pop singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and composer , member of the Beatles, the. His first major assignment away from the Beatles was the music for the film The Family Way (Decca, 1966). His solo album McCartney (Apple, 1970) marked the group’s demise, and set a pattern for the future: where even the most celebratory Lennon-McCartney songs had included a sense of loneliness and alienation, McCartney’s 1970s work turned cosily domestic. The amateurish WildLife (Apple, 1971) was the first to appear under the imprimatur of Wings, and the group’s albums Band on the Run (Apple, 1973) and Venus and Mars (Capitol, 1975) were major commercial achievements which helped to restore McCartney’s credibility. In 1977 the Arcadian single Mull of Kintyre sold over 2·5 million copies in Britain alone. From the 1980s McCartney reasserted himself as a solo artist and maintained a high international profile through duets with Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. His most artistically successful albums were ...