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Paul McCarney en concert à Marseille en juin 2015

Hyperactive Paul McCartney, British pop legend, turns 80

Paul McCorney at a concert in Marseille in June 2015 (ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT / AFP / Archives)

At age 25, Paul McCartney imagined a quiet rest on “When I’m Sixty-Four”. But even more serious, British pop legend Ghostenbury turns 80 on Saturday, a week before the show.

He is the oldest leader in the history of this famous festival which attracts tens of thousands of people in the south west of England.

“People in Glastonbury always remind me of a medieval war scene,” he tweeted at the end of March.

This moment comes about ten days after the end of his so-called “Got Back Tour”, in which he filled theaters in the United States for a month and a half.

The famous Beatles Mainstay, who will not be leaving the stage and has been singing solo for more than 50 years, still had to retire during the Govt-19 epidemics.

He later retired as a family to his farm in the south-east of England with his daughter Mary and four of his eight grandchildren.

But we did not go beyond that: McCartney III, released in December 2020, had the opportunity to record the album at home, which topped the British charts.

The following year, he recorded a new edition of the album, with the support of several artists, published a book that revived his life – “The Lyrics” -, a book of vegetarian food with his daughters Mary and Stella, a story for children … “McCartney 3,2,1”, Interview with producer Rick Rubin and the Peter Jackson documentary “The Beatles: Get Back”, released on Disney +.

July 2017, at the Paul McCartney Concert at Dinley Park in Illinois
In July 2017 Paul McCartney attended a concert in Dinley Park, Illinois

As he celebrates his eighth decade, Paul McCartney has a busier schedule than ever.

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Despite years and years of stalled dramas in his life, he retained the slender portrait and the “Mecca” mischievous view of the Beatles years.

Lord soon?

James Paul McCartney was born in 1942 in Liverpool to a simple family. His mother, a midwife, died when he was 14 years old.

(lr) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison in London in 1964 with the Beatles
(lr) John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison in London in 1964 with the Beatles (- / C.PRESS/AFP/Archives)

The following year he met John Lennon and played with the Guerrillas, which later became the Beatles with the arrival of George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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With John Lennon, McCartney composed the biggest hits: “Hey Jude”, “Penny Lane” and of course “Yesterday”, “Hit” which was recorded on 1,600 different editions.

But the childhood friendship broke down. Filming of “Let It Be” revolved around the titled album “Fab Four” on April 10, 1970 to the great disappointment of their fans.

McCartney co-founded the band Wings with his wife, photographer Linda Eastman.

Paul McCartney (c), his wife Linda and band members
Paul McCartney (c), his wife Linda and members of the “Wings” group in Tokyo on March 1, 1990 (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO / AFP / Archives)

With her, the ex-LST boyfriend becomes a family man and vegetarian. The couple is raising four children, Mary and Stella – who became fashion designers – James and Heather, born from Linda’s previous marriage.

After 29 years of marriage, Linda died of breast cancer in 1998.

McCartney is devastated and dedicates himself to good causes such as the environment, animals and human rights. He tries his hand at traditional music, painting and sculpture.

He met Heather Mills, a former model who lost part of her leg in an accident, and married her in 2002. They had a daughter, Beatrice, who divorced in 2008.

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Paul McCartney and his American wife Nancy Shewell, January 17, 2018 in Hollywood
Paul McCartney and his American wife Nancy Shevell, January 17, 2018 in Hollywood (VALERIE MACON / AFP / Archives)

In October 2011, Paul McCartney married American Nancy Shevell, the heir to a wealthy American businessman.

The Sunday Times estimates the couple’s net worth is 8 865 million (over one billion euros).

During his successful career, Paul McCartney received numerous awards, including 18 Grammy Awards, and was knighted in 1997 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Paul McCartney and the Ringo Star, September 15, 2016 in London
Paul McCartney and the Ringo Star, September 15, 2016 in London (Ben STANSALL / AFP / Archives)

It is rumored that he will soon be made “Lord” as a sign of further recognition of the cultural mark left by this prosperous singer-songwriter.

Of the four Beatles he and Ringo Star are the only survivors, and they too continue to tour at 81 years old.