Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and composer. With John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, and his collaboration with Lennon is one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. After the group's break-up, he pursued a solo career, forming the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and singer-songwriter Denny Laine. Guinness World Records described McCartney as the 'most successful composer and recording artist of all time', with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles, and as the 'most successful songwriter' in United Kingdom chart history. More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song 'Yesterday', more than any other song in history. Wings' 1977 release 'Mull of Kintyre', is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK.
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