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Paul McCartney

Origin: Liverpool, England

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Genres: American Rock, British Pop Rock, indie pop

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Sir Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and
composer. He gained worldwide fame as the bass guitarist and singer for the rock
band The Beatles, widely considered the most popular and influential group in the
history of pop music. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon was the most
successful of the post-war era.

After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, McCartney continued his musical career with his
first solo release, “McCartney,” a US number-one album. Apart from some vocal
contributions from wife Linda, McCartney is a one-man album, where he provides
compositions, instrumentation and vocals. In 1971, ex-Moody Blues guitarist Denny
Laine joined the McCartneys to form the band Wings.

In 1973, the McCartneys and Laine recorded “Band on the Run.” The first of seven
platinum Wings albums, “Band on the Run” became one of the best selling albums of the
decade with the title song earning a Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Performance. The
album ranked 413 on Rolling Stones list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

An eighteen time Grammy Award winner, McCartney is a member of the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame as a Beatle and solo artist. He is the most successful songwriter of all
time selling more than 100 million albums and 100 million singles. More than 2,200
artists have covered his Beatles’ song “Yesterday” making it one of the most covered
songs in popular music history. His composition “Hey Jude” is the Beatles’ best selling
single achieving more than five million copies soon after its release and topping the
charts longer than any other of the group’s singles.

McCartney’s latest “Egypt Station” is his first album of original material since 2013’s
New.” While McCartney’s touring band plays on the album, many of the songs find him
playing most of the instruments. A pastiche of moods and different ideas, Egypt Station
mixes rockers with acoustic songs. One track, “Despite Repeated Warnings,” is an epic
“Band on the Run” style song with many different sections and movements to it.

On the inspiration for the album’s title and theme, McCartney said: “I liked the words
‘Egypt Station.’ It reminded me of the ‘album’ albums we used to make… ‘Egypt Station’
starts off at the station on the first song and then each song is like a different station. So
it gave us some idea to base all the songs around that. I think of it as a dream location
that the music emanates from.”

Paul McCartney still makes everything sound easy on the two sided single that previews
Egypt Station. “Come On to Me” is a raucous foot stomper that fans that first spark of
chemistry into a rocking blaze, while “Don’t Know” is a plaintive, soul-soothing ballad
with a beautiful intro that leads into Hey Jude/Let it Be style piano chords.

Sacramento’s K-ZAP 93.3 FM is playing, “Come on to Me.” All part of 50 years of rock,
blues and more, 24-7 on our station’s stream at K-ZAP.ORG/LISTEN/

Discography (solos)

McCartney (1970)
Ram (1971)
Wild Life (1971)
Red Rose Speedway (1973)
Band On The Run (1973)
Venus and Mars (1975)
Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976)
London Town (1978)
Back to the Egg (1979)
McCartney II (1980)
Tug of War (1982)
Pipes of Peach (1983)
Give My Regards to Broad Street (1984)
Press to Play (1986)
CHOBA B CCCP (1988)
Flowers in the Dirt (1989)
Off the Ground (1993)
Flaming Pie (1997)
Run Devil Run (1999)
Driving Rain (2001)
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005)
Memory Almost Full (2007)
Kisses on the Bottom (2012)
New (2013)
Egypt Station (2018)

Comprehensive Discography

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