Not sure if you find this weird, but I constantly play "Hey Jude" in my head. Something about that tune, has always stuck with me. I just want to take a sad song, and make it better.
Maybe, that is the reason why I have always admired Paul McCartney. He has turned life's challenge into a better song. The early passing of his mother was a connecting point to John Lennon.
He never gave up after the death of his first wife Linda after 30 years of marriage. Instead, he re-grouped to become an even larger than life legend. Honoring his wife's memory, and continuing with his own passions at the same time.
His achievements in music are legendary, and a result of his upbringing at a time when the world was ready for a Ticket To Ride. The Beatles, and later his singles gave him the platform to become the godfather of modern rock and roll.
According to the Guinness World Records, McCartney is, "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."
McCartney has written or co-written over 188 chart-topping records. Thirty-Three of these records ranked number 1 on the music charts. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selected him in 1999 to the exclusive club.
However, the amazing thing about McCartney is that his successes are not just from one period of his life, like most recording artist.
Instead, his songs stretch from the early days of the Beatles all the way to today as a solo performer. He defined the look and feel of the Beatles. Then decided he needed to separate from them to build his own career.
He formed Wings, and eventually moved to his recording songs as a solo act.
Over the course of his 50 year career, he wrote hits like Hey Judd and Yesterday to Mull of Kintyre to A World Without Love, and the hundreds of other.
That is the reason why I find it amazing that we can still listen to this rock and roll icon live even today. You can actually watch Paul McCartny tour live in July and August.
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