Fan Facts Paul McCartney
Guinness World Records & Other Feats
Between The Beatles and his solo career, McCartney's success has been quite staggering. In fact, some accomplishments were simply too much for just the music industry, and have instead garnered Sir Paul accolades in the form of Guinness World Records. According to Wikipedia, Guinness World Records named McCartney "the Most Successful Composer and Recording Artist of All Time," as well as "the Most Successful Songwriter" in regards to the UK singles charts, and "the Most Successful Musician of All Time." The honors have been bestowed upon him thanks to his 60 Gold discs and 100 million albums and singles sold. He's also been a part of more than 40 songs that have sold upwards of a million copies.
Many Beatles songs are covered regularly, with "Yesterday" and "Eleanor Rigby" at the top of the list as two of the most popular choices. "Yesterday" in particular is said to have been covered over 3,000 times and by a wide range of artists including Ray Charles (version below), Frank Sinatra, and Boyz II Men.
McCartney also has been credited with performing in front of the largest paid stadium audience for a solo artist, when he played in front of nearly 200,000 people at Maracan Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1990. Also around that time, the Hollywood Walk of Fame came calling, but it wasn't until Feb. 2012 that McCartney at last accepted the honor.
McCartney has been devoted to many different charities, organizations, and causes throughout the years. While he regularly organizes and participates in benefit concerts and other music-related events to help raise money, he also is heavily involved in projects outside of music. See the list below detailing some of his philanthropy efforts.
- Meat Free Monday
- The OneVoice Movement
- LIPA - The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
- Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy
- The Vegetarian Society
Personal Traits and Facts
Since the 70s, McCartney has reportedly held the nickname, "Macca." While sources are vague on the exact origin, some have cited it as a common nickname for those with a last name that begins with "Mc," while it also supposedly refers to his character's name in the screenplay for the film, "Give My Regards to Broad Street." Though rumors once circulated on the precise handedness of McCartney, his left hand has seemingly prevailed over the years. The lefty version of guitars used by McCartney are said to be worth quite a hefty sum. A staunch vegetarian, McCartney has been vocal about his stance on the subject, even contributing a thoughtful piece on the subject for the Huffington Post in Jan. 2013.
Paul McCartney Net Worth
In April 2013, FORBES estimated McCartney's net worth at around $650 million, individually. However, combined with his wife, Nancy Shevell, the two are worth just over one billion dollars, as Shevell's family owns a successful U.S. trucking company that generates an annual haul of roughly $300 million.
Paul the Painter
In 2002, over 70 of McCartney's paintings from the last 20 years were on display at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England. Samples of his art work also are available on his website.
SNL & The Simpsons
McCartney has been the musical guest on NBC's "Saturday Night Live" four times, appearing alongside high-profile hosts including Steve Martin (1980), Alec Baldwin (1993), Paul Rudd (2010), and Martin Short (2012). He typically makes it into a sketch or two, as was the case with his episode in Dec. 2012 featured below.
Fox's long-running animated comedy, "The Simpsons," has made it a habit of referencing The Beatles in various ways during numerous episodes. McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison provided voices for an episode featuring the group, and McCartney also appeared with his late wife, Linda, in a different episode as well.