If you do not know who Paul McCartney is, then, chances are, you are living under a rock or have been too soaked up with the modern music industry. Simply put, Paul McCartney IS a legend in the same way that The Beatles, the band to which he once belonged, is the precursor of boy bands, groupies, and a myriad of other things (and more!) that teens of today get to experience whenever they see One Direction.
As a member of The Beatles, Paul McCartney played with other legends such as John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. When the band broke up, he started his own group called, “The Wings” which was composed of his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine, a singer-songwriter best known for the hit, Mull of Kintyre. The group also broke up in 1981 leaving McCartney to venture out on his own. And venture out he did.
Since being on his own, Paul McCartney has been getting a lot of royal accolades left and right. For one, GuinnessWorld Records recognizes him as the “Most Successful Composer and Recording Artist of All Time” having attained 6o gold records as well as album sales of up to 100 million. This is aside from the 100 million singles that he was able to sell as well as the writer’s credits that he gets for penning 43 songs that have generated more than one million in sales each. If that is not enough to amaze you, Paul McCartney is also credited with having written or co-written more than a hundred charted records. Talk about being a prolific songwriter!
Prior to being named by the Guinness Book of World Records, Paul McCartney, along with the other members of the famed Beatles, were awarded the Members of the Order of the British Empire in 1965. Fast forward to 2010, McCartney also became the recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and Kennedy Center Honors. He was also awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of the Sun by the Peruvian government for his contributions to civil and military field. The award was conferred to the notable musician in a simple affair held at the city of Lima. Just recently, the French Government honored Paul McCartney by conferring on him the Legion D’ Honneur. French President Francois Hollande personally conferred the title to him in a small ceremony held at the Paris.
So how sought-after was McCartney’s latest feather in his cap? Well, for starters, the Legion D’ Honneur lists among its recipients such famous personalities as Julie Child,the popular culinary artist; Kirk Douglas and Marlene Dietrich; Barbara Streisand and Celine Dion; and Charles Lindbergh. Prominent generals Douglas MacArthur and Colin Powell were also recipients of the said medal. The said achievement came just days before McCartney was set to restart his On the Run Tour in North America.
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