The Life Story Of Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is a living legend. He penned some of the Beatles’ most beloved hits including “Hey Jude” and “Yesterday.” As one of the most successful solo artists on the planet, the star (who’s been knighted by the Queen for his contribution to society) is worth an estimated $1.2 billion. Before he was selling out stadiums and enjoying a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was just a working-class kid trying to find his way in the suburbs of Liverpool. This is his story.

Paul McCartney Had A Rather Average Upbringing

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1948: Beatle-to-be Paul McCartney at the age of six in front with his eight-year-old brother Mike (later Mike McGear of the Scaffold). (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942. His mother Mary was a maternity nurse. His father Jim was a cotton salesman with a passion for jazz. Jim regularly performed at local clubs with his band, and encouraged Paul to pick up an instrument. It didn’t take long for him to basically become a teen prodigy.