Sir James Paul McCartney. I will be in attendance at his San Francisco concert in 4 more days.
Using the word successful to describe him is quite an understatement. But here are a few facts you may not know.
He is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the most successful songwriter in history.
His song " Yesterday" is listed as the song most covered by other artists -over 3000 at this point.
“Yesterday” started out with the working title of “Scrambled Eggs.” Although credited to Lennon/McCartney, the song was written by Paul McCartney alone. Paul is also the only Beatle performing on the record. It’s the first official recording by The Beatles that only one member of the band appeared on. A string quartet accompanies McCartney’s acoustic guitar playing and vocals.
He owns the copyright to all Buddy Holly songs. On a personal note I was hoping the estate of Michael Jackson would sell McCartney publishing rights back to Paul, but they are holding them.
He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: in 1988 as a member of The Beatles and in 1999 as a solo artist.
Wings toured the world and became the best-selling pop act of the 1970s, with 27 U.S. Top 40 hits and five consecutive number one albums, including the highly acclaimed Band on the Run (1973) and Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976).
In 2006, the guitar on which Paul McCartney played his first chords and impressed John Lennon, was sold at an auction for over $600,000.
His classical album "Ecco Cor Meum" (aka.. Behold My Heart), recorded with the Academy of St. Martin of the Fields and the boys of King's college Choir, was voted Classical Album of the Year in 2007.
And so I leave you with the song recorded by more artists than any other song in history. But no body does it better than Paul. Enjoy.