Paul McCartney – Doyle’s Space: Music Hall of Fame

My second 2023 inductee, 14th overall, is Sir Paul McCartney. He is the first to be in my hall twice, once for The Beatles and now for his post-Beatle career.

The Beatles’ bassist, vocalist, and songwriter would continue solo beginning in 1970 at the sign of the break-up of the band. He would release his first LP, McCartney, a month before the release of The Beatles’ swansong Let It Be. The album, rich with experimentation, has McCartney performing all instruments and vocals himself, aside from some backing vocals performed by Linda McCartney. It also contained the song, “Maybe I’m Amazed”.

The McCartney album was good fun because I got a machine from EMI, only a four-track, and I just had it in my living room where I lived in London at the time. I’d just go in for the day like Monsieur Magritte. Go in and do a little bit of stuff and make something up, and knock off in the evenings. It was very interesting to do and it had a certain kind of rawness, because I was breaking loose after The Beatles, we all got a feeling of that, I think.

Paul McCartney

As the Beatles were breaking up in 1969–70, McCartney fell into a depression. Linda, his wife, helped him pull out of that condition by praising his work as a songwriter and convincing him to continue writing and recording. In her honor, he wrote “Maybe I’m Amazed”, explaining that with the Beatles breaking up, “that was my feeling: Maybe I’m amazed at what’s going on …

Maybe I’m a man and maybe you’re the only woman who could ever help me; Baby won’t you help me understand … Maybe I’m amazed at the way you pulled me out of time, hung me on the line, Maybe I’m amazed at the way I really need you.” He added that “every love song I write is for Linda.” McCartney was released on April 17, 1970, by Apple Records and charted at number 1 on the Billboard chart.

McCartney was born on June 18, 1942, at Walton Hospital in the Walton area of Liverpool, where his mother, Mary Patricia, had qualified to practice as a nurse. His father, James (“Jim”) McCartney, was absent from his son’s birth, due to his work as a volunteer firefighter during World War II. Both of his parents were of Irish descent … McCartney taught himself piano, guitar, and songwriting as a teenager, having been influenced by his father, a jazz player, and rock and roll performers such as Little Richard and Buddy Holly. He began his career when he joined Lennon’s skiffle group, the Quarrymen, in 1957, which evolved into Doyle’s Space Music Hall of Fame inductee, The Beatles in 1960.

Paul McCartney Quotes

“One of my biggest thrills for me still is sitting down with a guitar or a piano and just out of nowhere trying to make a song happen.”

“Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch TV? No thanks.
I’d rather be out playing.”

“I still believe that love is all you need.
don’t know a better message than that.”

The next year would bring the only LP credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, RAM. It was released on May 17, 1971, on Apple Records and reached number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart. It contained songs like “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”, “Too Many People”, and “Smile Away”. McCartney auditioned musicians to play on this album.

In September 1971, the McCartneys’ daughter Stella was born, named in honor of Linda’s grandmothers, both of whom were named Stella. Ex-Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine and Denny Seiwell joined Paul and Linda at Rude Studios in Scotland, and began work on their debut album as Wings, “Wild Life”.

The album was recorded in eight days, from July 25 to August 2, 1971, at EMI Studios (now Abbey Road Studios) with Tony Clark and Alan Parsons engineering. A well-established college circuit seemed the best bet for impromptu gigs, and so it was that Nottingham University entered the history books as the venue for Wings’ first performance on February 9, 1972. Ten more gigs followed as they traveled across the UK in a van during an unannounced tour of universities. The band stayed in modest accommodations and received pay in coinage collected from students.

During the seven-week, 25-show Wings Over Europe Tour, the band played almost solely Wings and McCartney solo material: the Little Richard cover “Long Tall Sally” was the only song that the Beatles had previously recorded. McCartney wanted the tour to avoid large venues; most of the small halls they played had capacities of fewer than 3,000 people.

In March 1973, Wings achieved their first US number-one single, “My Love”, included on their second LP, Red Rose Speedway, a US number 1, released April 30, 1973. Before recording the album, Wings recruited lead guitarist Henry McCullough and released their debut single, “Give Ireland Back to the Irish”, which was banned by the BBC for its political message.

Recording sessions for the album took place throughout 1972 at five recording studios in London. The group also recorded the non-album singles “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, “Hi, Hi, Hi” (also banned for drug references), and “Live and Let Die” the theme song of the 1973 James Bond film of the same name.

“Live and Let Die” was previewed in the 1973 television special James Paul McCartney, aired on April 16 in the United States and May 10 in the United Kingdom. In the segment, McCartney and Wings were shown performing the song in his studio, while clips of the film were shown, before the film’s US theatrical release on June 27.

Band on the Run was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria, shortly after Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough left the band. With Wings helmed by Paul, Linda, and Denny Laine, Band on the Run was released on December 5, 1973. The album topped the US chart three separate times; in the UK, it was the biggest-selling studio album of 1974 and spent a miraculous 124 weeks on the chart.

The song “Band on the Run” hit number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. One of my favorite McCartney tunes is “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” which has a grandiose ending with a full orchestra and the band. “Jet” and “Helen Wheels” were also top ten US hits.

They followed Band on the Run with the chart-topping albums Venus and Mars (1975) and Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976). They also started a 14-month tour, Wings Over the World, on September 9, 1975. More than 600,000 people attended Wings’ 31 shows in the United States and Canada between 3 May and 23 June 1976.

The live, triple album Wings over America was released following the tour on December 10, 1976. Venus and Mars, released May 27, 1975, peaked at number 1 in the US and the single “Listen to What the Man Said”. Some of my favorites from the LP were “Venus and Mars/Rock Show”, “Magneto and Titanium Man”, “Spirits of Ancient Egypt”, and “Medicine Jar”.

Wings at the Speed of Sound, their 5th studio album, was released on March 25, 1976, and contained the US Chart-topping single “Silly Love Songs”. The song “Let ‘Em In” charted at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the US Adult Contemporary and Cash Box Top 100 charts. In September 1977, the McCartneys had their third child, a son they named James.

The Wings song “Mull of Kintyre”, co-written with Laine, was quickly becoming one of the best-selling singles in UK chart history, becoming the most successful single of McCartney’s solo career, it achieved double the sales of the previous record holder, “She Loves You”, and went on to sell 2.5 million copies and hold the UK sales record until the 1984 charity single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

The US number 1 single “With a Little Luck” was released on March 20, 1978, and was on the next album “London Town”. The following album, possibly my favorite Wings LP was “Back to the Egg”. Wings returned to Abbey Road in March 1979 to complete the album, before filming a series of promotional videos in Lympne and elsewhere, for what became the Back to the Egg TV special.

The singles “Old Siam, Sir”, “Getting Closer” and “Arrow Through Me” were released. McCartney put together a supergroup to record the tracks “Rockestra Theme” and “So Glad to See You Here”. Joining the Wings were James Honeyman-Scott of the Pretenders, Hank Marvin of the Shadows, the Who’s Pete Townshend, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour,

Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and John Bonham, and the Attractions’ Bruce Thomas. Wings completed their final concert tour in 1979, with twenty shows in the UK that included the live debut of the Beatles’ songs “Got to Get You into My Life”, “The Fool on the Hill” and “Let It Be”. In 1980, McCartney released his second solo LP, the self-produced McCartney II, which peaked at number one in the UK and number three in the US.

Just as his first LP he composed and performed it alone. “Coming Up” was included, recorded live in Glasgow by Wings. The single was number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and would be Wings last hit. They broke up in 1981, as a disgruntled Denny Laine left the band.

In 1982 McCartney collaborated with Stevie Wonder on the number 1 hit “Ebony and Ivory” which was included on McCartney’s Tug of War LP. He also worked with Michael Jackson, recording “The Girl Is Mine” from Thriller. The following year, he and Jackson worked on “Say Say Say”, McCartney’s most recent US number one as of 2014.

 Tug of War was Pauls’s third solo LP, produced by George Martin and released on April 26, 1982. It was also McCartney’s first album after the murder of former songwriting partner John Lennon. It includes the ex-Wings Denny laine and Linda, 10CC’s Eric Stewart, Carl Perkins, Stanley Clarke, and Ringo Starr in an all-star ensemble.

Pipes of Peace was his next solo album, released on Halloween, 1983. This one included the two tunes co-written with Michael Jackson, and pretty much the same all-star cast. In 1984, McCartney starred in the musical Give My Regards to Broad Street, a feature film he also wrote and produced which included Starr in an acting role. The soundtrack includes “No More Lonely Nights”, featuring David Gilmour on lead guitar. In 1985, Warner Brothers commissioned McCartney to write a song for the comedic feature film Spies Like Us which he composed in 4 days.

On July 13, 1985, McCartney performed “Let it Be” for Live Aid[1]. McCartney collaborated with Eric Stewart on Press to Play, released on August 25, 1986, with Stewart co-writing over half the LP’s songs. Four singles were issued from Press to Play: “Press”, “Pretty Little Head”, “Stranglehold” and “Only Love Remains”.

In 1988, McCartney released Снова в СССР, initially available only in the Soviet Union, which contained eighteen covers; recorded over the course of two days. In 1989, he joined forces with fellow Merseysiders Gerry Marsden and Holly Johnson to record an updated version of “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, for the Hillsborough disaster appeal fund.

On June 5, 1989, he released his 8th studio solo album, Flowers in the Dirt; a collaborative effort with Elvis Costello that included musical contributions from Gilmour and Nicky Hopkins. Several singles were released including “My Brave Face” and “This One”. McCartney then formed a band consisting of himself and Linda, with Hamish Stuart and Robbie McIntosh on guitars, Paul “Wix” Wickens on keyboards, and Chris Whitten on drums.

In September 1989, they launched the Paul McCartney World Tour, his first in over a decade. During the tour, McCartney performed for the largest paying stadium audience in history on April 21, 1990, when 184,000 people attended his concert at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. That year, he released the triple album Tripping the Live Fantastic, which contained selected performances from the tour.

McCartney delved into orchestral music in 1991 when the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society commissioned a musical piece by him to celebrate its sesquicentennial.

The same year he also performed on MTV Unplugged and released the album Unplugged (The Official Bootleg). During the 1990s, McCartney collaborated twice with Youth of Killing Joke as the musical duo “the Fireman”. The eighth studio album, Off the Ground, was released on February 2, 1993.

The subsequent New World Tour followed, which led to the release of the Paul Is Live album later that year. In 1994, McCartney took four years off his solo career to work on Apple’s Beatles Anthology project[2] with Harrison, Starr, and Martin.

Flaming Pie was released on May 5, 1997, including Jeff Lynne, Steve Miller, Ringo Starr, Linda, and their Son James McCartney. The next album was Run Devil Run, released on October 4, 1999, recorded in one week, and featuring Ian Paice and David Gilmour, it was primarily an album of covers with three McCartney originals.

He had been planning such an album for years, having been previously encouraged to do so by Linda, who had died of cancer in April 1998. He participated in the National Football League’s Super Bowl, performing “Freedom” during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002 and headlining the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005.

More McCartney Studio Albums
  • Driving Rain – released on November 12, 2001
  • Chaos and Creation in the Backyard – released on September 12, 2005
  • Memory Almost Full – released on June 4, 2007
  • Kisses on the Bottom – released on February 7, 2012
  • New – released on October 15, 2013
  • Egypt Station – released on September 7, 2018
  • McCartney III – released on December 18, 2020, an album that he recorded in quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic.

Paul McCartney Facts
  • McCartney was in Los Angeles working on his album Driving Rain when director Cameron Crowe came by to ask if he would write a song for his new movie, Vanilla Sky.
  • Having witnessed the September 11 attacks from the JFK airport tarmac, McCartney was inspired to take a leading role in organizing the Concert for New York City. Paul was made an honorary detective by the NYPD after giving a charity concert for 9/11.
  • In July 2002, McCartney married Heather Mills.
  • In November 2002, on the first anniversary of George Harrison’s death, McCartney performed at the Concert for George.
  • McCartney has appeared on several of former Beatle Ringo Starr’s solo albums, including “Vertical Man” (1998) and “Y Not” (2010)
  • McCartney remains one of the world’s top draws. He played to over 100,000 people during two performances in Mexico City in May 2012, with the shows grossing nearly $6 million.
  • In June 2012, McCartney closed Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Concert held outside Buckingham Palace, performing a set that included “Let It Be” and “Live and Let Die”.
  • He closed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on July 27, 2012, singing “The End” and “Hey Jude” and inviting the audience to join in on the coda. Having donated his time, he received £1 from the Olympic organizers.
  • In 2014, McCartney wrote and performed “Hope for the Future”, the ending song for the video game Destiny.
  • In November 2014, a 42-song tribute album titled The Art of McCartney was released, which features a wide range of artists covering McCartney’s solo and Beatles’ work.
  • On June 10, 2016, McCartney released the career-spanning collection, Pure McCartney.
  • McCartney appeared in the 2017 adventure film Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in a cameo role as Uncle Jack.
  • McCartney’s book The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present was released in November 2021. Described as a “self-portrait in 154 songs”, the book is based on conversations McCartney had with the Irish poet Paul Muldoon.
  • In the past two decades, Paul has had over 70 of his paintings exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in his hometown of Liverpool.
  • Julien’s Auctions sells nearly 250 items as part of a Beatles auction, including guitars, rare vinyl, and autographed items. In 2020, lyrics to The Beatles’ song “Hey Jude,” handwritten by McCartney, sold for $910,000.
  • On July 16, 2021, “McCartney 3,2,1,” a six-part docuseries in which McCartney and music producer Rick Rubin discuss the creation of Beatles songs, is released on Hulu.
  • On February 22, 2023, a representative for the Rolling Stones confirms that McCartney plays bass on one track of the Rolling Stones’ new album.

  1. Live Aid was a multi-venue benefit concert held on Saturday 13 July 1985 and a music-based fundraising initiative. Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organized the original event to raise further funds to relieve the 1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia, a movement that started with the release of the successful charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in December 1984. Billed as the “global jukebox”, Live Aid was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London, attended by about 72,000 people, and at John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, attended by 89,484 people. [Back]
  2. The Beatles Anthology is a multimedia retrospective project consisting of a television documentary, a three-volume set of double albums, and a book describing the history of the Beatles. Beatles members Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr participated in the making of the works, which are sometimes referred to collectively as the Anthology project, while John Lennon appears in archival interviews. The documentary series was first broadcast in November 1995, with expanded versions released on VHS and LaserDisc in 1996 and on DVD in 2003. The documentary used interviews with the Beatles and their associates to narrate the history of the band as seen through archival footage and performances. The Anthology book, released in 2000, paralleled the documentary in presenting the group’s history through quotes from interviews. The initial volume of the album set (Anthology 1) was released the same week of the documentary’s airdate, with the subsequent two volumes (Anthology 2 and Anthology 3) released in 1996. They included unreleased performances and outtakes presented in roughly chronological order, along with two new songs based on demo tapes recorded by Lennon after the group broke up: “Free as a Bird” and “Real Love”, both produced by Jeff Lynne. [Back]

Further Reading


Mental Floss
Paul McCartney
American Songwriter

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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