Paul McCartney
Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE
Order of the British Empire
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom. The Order comprises five classes in civil and military divisions...

Royal College of Music
The Royal College of Music is a conservatoire founded by Royal Charter in 1882, located in South Kensington, London, England.-Background:The first director was Sir George Grove and he was followed by Sir Hubert Parry...

 (born 18 June 1942) is an English musician, singer-songwriter and composer. Formerly of The Beatles
The Beatles
The Beatles were an English rock band, active throughout the 1960s and one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Formed in Liverpool, by 1962 the group consisted of John Lennon , Paul McCartney , George Harrison and Ringo Starr...

 (1960–1970) and Wings
Wings (band)
Wings were a British-American rock group formed in 1971 by Paul McCartney, Denny Laine and Linda McCartney that remained active until 1981....

 (1971–1981), McCartney is listed in Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records
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as the "most successful musician and composer in popular music history", with 60 gold discs
Music recording sales certification
Music recording sales certification is a system of certifying that a music recording has shipped or sold a certain number of copies, where the threshold quantity varies by type and by nation or territory .Almost all countries follow variations of the RIAA certification categories,...

 and sales of 100 million singles
Single (music)
In music, a single or record single is a type of release, typically a recording of fewer tracks than an LP or a CD. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, the single is a song that is released separately from an album, but it can still appear...

 in the United Kingdom alone.

McCartney gained worldwide fame as a member of The Beatles, alongside John Lennon
John Lennon
John Winston Lennon, MBE was an English musician and singer-songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music...

, George Harrison
George Harrison
George Harrison, MBE was an English musician, guitarist, singer-songwriter, actor and film producer who achieved international fame as lead guitarist of The Beatles. Often referred to as "the quiet Beatle", Harrison became over time an admirer of Indian mysticism, and introduced it to the other...

, and Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr
Richard Starkey, MBE better known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician and actor who gained worldwide fame as the drummer for The Beatles. When the band formed in 1960, Starr was a member of another Liverpool band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He became The Beatles' drummer in...


Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away Now it looks as though they're here to stay. Oh, I believe in yesterday.

Yesterday (song)|"Yesterday", from Help!|Help! (1965)

Why she had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday.

"Yesterday", from Help! (1965)

Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play Now I need a place to hide away. Oh, I believe in yesterday.

"Yesterday", from Help! (1965)

She's lovely, great. She was very friendly. She was just like a mum to us.

About Queen Elizabeth II, in an interview after the Beatles received their MBEs from her (26 October 1965)

I want her everywhere and if she's beside me I know I need never care. But to love her is to need her Everywhere, knowing that love is to share each one believing that love never dies watching her eyes and hoping I'm always there.

"Here, There and Everywhere" (1966)

Lovely Rita, Meter Maid, nothing could come between us. When it gets dark I'll tow your heart away

"Lovely Rita" from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band|Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

Will you still need me, will you still feed me,when I'm sixty-four?

"When I'm Sixty-Four" from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)

Hey Jude, don't make it bad Take a sad song and make it better. Remember to let her into your heart Then you can start to make it better.

Hey Jude|"Hey Jude" (1968)

And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

The End (The Beatles song)|"The End"; The last full song track of Abbey Road (album)|Abbey Road (1969) the last Beatles album to be recorded before the band broke up. (Let It Be was the last album released, but had been recorded earlier.)