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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney: Back in the U.S. - Live 2002 Concert Film
Paul McCartney: Back in the U.S. - Live 2002 Concert Film
In an interview, Paul McCartney described his visit to Los Angeles, California, to see John Lennon during the singer's "lost weekend" in 1974. "So I went out there and he was doing Pussy Cats with Nilsson and Keith Moon and Jesse Ed Davis, to name just three total nutters. Three beautiful total alcohol nutters plus John, forget it! Even the location is perfect. We went 'round to a session and sat there for a bit. It was a little bit strange, John and I, seeing each other at that time. But then we dropped by their house the next day for a cup of tea or something. I remember Harry Nilsson offering me some angel dust. I said 'What is it?' He said, 'It's elephant tranquilliser.' I said, 'Is it fun?' He thought about it for about half a minute. 'No,' he said. I said, 'Well, you know what, I won't have any.' He seemed to understand. But that's how it was there."

Harry Nilsson visited the Beatles in London while they were recording their "White Album." One evening, Paul McCartney visited Harry and his wife, Diane, in their hotel room. Paul had brought along a guitar and treated the couple to an acoustic sample of the songs the group was recording for the album.

James Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942, in Liverpool, England.

McCartney met John Lennon and joined Lennon's band, the Quarrymen. The group became the Beatles.

In April 1970, McCartney announced the break-up of the Beatles. His first solo album, McCartney contained McCartney's first solo hit, "Maybe I'm Amazed."

McCartney formed a band, Wings, which released several albums including Band on the Run.

Early in 1980, McCartney was arrested upon arriving in in Tokyo, Japan, for marijuana possession. McCartney spent ten-days in jail. In December of 1980, John Lennon was killed.

McCartney remained out of the public eye until 1982 when he released Tug of War. McCartney ," which enjoyed great critical acclaim. More albums and two world tours followed.

In 1992, McCartney composed The Liverpool Oratorio, a classical work.

In 1995, McCartney's wife, Linda McCartney, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In 1997, McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

In April of 1998, Linda McCartney died. McCartney stayed out of the public eye for a time, but returned to the studio and released an album of old rock and roll songs in 1999.

Around the time of the release of Run Devil Run, McCartney began dating ex-model Heather Mills. The couple became engaged in 2001.

In 2002, McCartney received an Oscar nomination for the title song to the film Vanilla Sky. McCartney and Heather were married on June 11, 2002.

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