On June 18, 1942, James Paul McCartney was born at Walton General Hospital
in Liverpool, where his mother had previosly worked as a midwife. His
brother, Michael, who's full name is Peter Michael McCartney, and who
later went by the name of Mike McGear, was born eighteen months later. His
family moved a few times, when he was 13, they moved to 20 Forthlin Road
in Allerton, just across a golf course and a little over one mile away
from where John lived with his Aunt Mimi.
Music was always a part of the McCartney household. Before the war,
Paul's father was a Cotton salesman during the day, and a jazz musician
with Jim Mac's Jazz Band by night. Both Paul and his brother received
piano lessons. His mother Mary died of breast cancer when he was fourteen,
while the two brothers were away at Boy Scout camp. The antithesis of John
Lennon as a school boy, Paul did very well in school.
When Lonnie Donnegan appeared in Liverpool and the Skiffle craze hit, Jim
McCartney scraped together £15 for a guitar for Paul. Paul's friend Ivan
Vaughan invited Paul to Woolton to see the Quarrymen play in Woolton on
July 6, 1957, but not really to hear the Quarrymen, it was because Vaughan
had promised Paul it would be a great place to pick up girls, which Paul
was already very interested in at the age of 14. Later in the afternoon,
after hearing the Quarrymen play, Paul borrowed a guitar and impressed the
boys with all the chords and the words to "Twenty Flight Rock". Paul's
first impression of John was that he was drunk. But Paul wrote down the
words for "Twenty Flight Rock" and "Be Bop a Lula" for him so that John
could learn them. A few days later Pete Shotten told Paul the others
wanted him to join the band.
Paul switched to the Bass when the Beatles' bass player Stu Sutcliffe
left the group in 1961. When all of the Beatles moved to London in 1963,
Paul began to see actress Jane Asher on a steady basis.
In His Own Words
On the creation of Apple, Paul said:
"We've already bought all our dreams. We want to share that
possibility with others. When we were touring, and when the adoration
and hysteria were at a peak, if we'd been the shrewd operators we were
often made out to be, we might have thought -- that's nice! Ah.
Click. Let's use this for own evil ends. But there's no desire in any of
our heads to take over the world. That was Hitler. That's what he wanted
to do. There is, however, a desire to get power in order to use it for
While speaking about the Maharishi, Paul said:
"I realize now that taking drugs was like taking an aspirin without
having a headache."