[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Paul_McCartney_3915.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350: Still the Cute One.]]

'''James Paul [=McCartney=]''' (18 June 1942–). [[Music/TheBeatles Beatle]]. Bass player. Knight. Vegetarian. [[TheSouthpaw Left-handed]].

See also Music/{{Wings}}, the band [=McCartney=] formed in the 1970s.

----
!!Studio Discography:

* 1970 - ''Music/McCartney''
* 1971 - ''Music/{{Ram}}'' [[note]]A collaboration with Linda [=McCartney=][[/note]]
* 1980 - ''[=McCartney=] II''
* 1982 - ''Tug Of War''
* 1983 - ''Pipes Of Peace''
* 1984 - ''Film/GiveMyRegardsToBroadStreet''
* 1986 - ''Press To Play''
* 1988 - ''Choba B CCCP''
* 1989 - ''Flowers In The Dirt''
* 1993 - ''Off The Ground''
* 1997 - ''Flaming Pie''
* 1999 - ''Run Devil Run''
* 2001 - ''Driving Rain''
* 2005 - ''Chaos And Creation In The Backyard''
* 2007 - ''Memory Almost Full''
* 2012 - ''Kisses On The Bottom''
* 2013 - ''New''

----
!!Live Discography:

* 1990 - ''Tripping The Live Fantastic''
* 1991 - ''Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)''
* 1993 - ''Paul Is Live''
* 2002 - ''Back In The U.S.''
* 2003 - ''Back In The World''
* 2007 - ''iTunes Festival: London''
* 2007 - ''Amoeba's Secret'' [[note]]Later included as part of the 2010 album ''Paul [=McCartney=] Live In Los Angeles''[[/note]]
* 2009 - ''Good Evening New York City''
* 2010 - ''Paul [=McCartney=] Live In Los Angeles'' [[note]]Includes tracks from the 2007 live EP ''Amoeba's Secret''[[/note]]
* 2012 - ''iTunes Live From Capitol Studios''

----
!!Electronic Discography (* with "The Fireman"):

* 1993 - ''Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest''*
* 1998 - ''Rushes''*
* 2000 - ''Liverpool Sound Collage''
* 2005 - ''Twin Freaks''
* 2008 - ''Electric Arguments''*

----
!!Classical Discography:

* 1967 - ''The Family Way''
* 1977 - ''Thrillington''
* 1991 - ''Paul [=McCartney's=] Liverpool Oratorio''
* 1997 - ''Standing Stone''
* 1999 - ''Working Classical''
* 2006 - ''Ecce Cor Meum''
* 2011 - ''Ocean's Kingdom''

----
!!Tropes:

* AbbeyRoadCrossing: The cover of the concert album ''Paul Is Live'' features an older Paul digitally inserted into the original, iconic ''Abbey Road'' cover photo.
* {{Adorkable}}: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyyEc-GNDfQ At least when he's making mashed potatoes]]
* AlbumTitleDrop: "She sprinkles ''flowers in the dirt'', that's when a thrill becomes a hurt", from the song "That Day Is Done".
** There's a partial one in the song "Fine Line": "There is a long way between ''chaos and creation''" (the album in question being ''Chaos and Creation in the Backyard'').
* AlternateRealityEpisode: Three albums released under the name "The Fireman", a "group" consisting of Paul and the record producer Youth. The first two albums were sound collages. ''Electric Arguments'', still rough and unpolished but a more conventional collection of songs, got [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/culturecritics/neilmccormick/3561922/Sir-Paul-McCartneys-Electric-Arguments.html strong reviews]].
** There was also his and Linda's 1971 (but not released until 1977 due to [[Music/{{Wings}} other obligations]]) ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrillington Thrillington]]'' project (an orchestral album consisting of covers of Paul's entire ''Ram'' album), credited to the pseudonym Percy "Thrills" Thrillington.
* AnalogyBackfire: The analogy of piano keys representing racial harmony in "Ebony and Ivory" falls apart when you try playing a C and a C-sharp at the same time. Musical notes that sit side-by-side on the keyboard do ''not'' get along, regardless of colour.
** They do if played as part of a chord. [=GMaj7=], for example sounds fine with a black and a white key next to each other(doubling the root at the octave). Major 7th chords are actually quite common in The Beatles music. Not to mention that the song itself features a bunch of pedal tone chords that don't take away from the Major tonality of the song, some of which do in face feature black and white keys played next to each other, making the example a somewhat GeniusBonus for the musically trained.
* AudienceParticipationSong:
** "Hey Jude", especially because of its ending.
** "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da" is a joy to sing along with a stadium full of people.
* AutoErotica: "Back Seat of My Car".
* BeardOfSorrow: The only time during his life that [=McCartney=] was known to sport a beard was the period in 1969-70 that coincided with the breakup of the Beatles. [[http://thequietus.com/articles/06414-paul-mccartney-review Confirmed by the man himself.]]
* {{Bishonen}}: Of all Music/TheBeatles he was called ''the cute one'', you do the math...
* CallBack: "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five", the last song on the ''Band on the Run'' album, ends with a reprise of the chorus from "Band on the Run".
** The song right before it, "Picasso's Last Words", contains brief snippets of "Jet" and "Mrs. Vanderbilt".
* ChristmasSongs: "Wonderful Christmastime" (and its B-side, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reggae").
* ChronologicalAlbumTitle: ''[=McCartney=] II''. It's technically his second album only if you don't include Wings releases or ''Ram'', which was officially credited to Paul and Linda together.
* ColdWar: ''Snova v SSSR'' was originally released only in the Soviet Union, to give Paul's fans there, who usually had to scrounge for bootlegs, a record of their own.
* CoolOldGuy: At age 72, and in an era where artists like Music/{{Kesha}}, Music/TaylorSwift, Music/KanyeWest, Music/LadyGaga, Music/BrunoMars, Music/KennyChesney and other young pop-oriented and country artists are top concert attractions, Paul remains solidly in that group of top concert attractions, regularly selling out top venues and drawing fans both young and old.
* CoverAlbum: ''Snova v SSSR''. ''Run Devil Run'' and ''Kisses on the Bottom'' as well, though they contain three and two originals, respectively.
* CultSoundtrack: ''The Family Way''
* DivorceAssetsConflict: Part of the extremely ugly end to his second marriage, with model Heather Mills. Mills got a large sum that was still less than a fifth of what she wanted, along with the judge's assessment that she was [[http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20186762,00.html "less than candid".]]
* EmbarrassingFirstName: His full name was James P. [=McCartney=]. You wouldn't think James was all that embarrassing but no fewer than three post-WW1 British prime ministers have had the same aversion: James UsefulNotes/RamsayMacDonald, James UsefulNotes/HaroldWilson and James UsefulNotes/GordonBrown. Another was more enthusiastic, or maybe saw it as the lesser of two evils: Leonard UsefulNotes/JamesCallaghan. Word of Biographer has it that everyone called him Paul to avoid confusion with his father, James 'Jim' [=McCartney=].
* EvolvingMusic[=/=]RearrangeTheSong: Most of the ''Film/GiveMyRegardsToBroadStreet'' soundtrack, except for the hit single "No More Lonely Nights", was Paul rearranging old songs from both his Beatles and solo careers.
* FlowerInHerHair: "The Lovely Linda".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Subverted with the Wings song "Hi Hi Hi". See IntercourseWithYou below.
** "Eat At Home" is about the pleasure of oral sex with your wife.
* ''Film/GiveMyRegardsToBroadStreet'': Paul's venture into movie-making in 1984, which he wrote and starred in AsHimself. Not a success.
* GratuitousFrench: An entire song, "Ou Est Le Soleil", off of ''Flowers in the Dirt''.
** He did earlier too with the Beatles song ''Michelle''.
* GratuitousLatin:
** "Ah, mater, want Jet to always love me"
** From the ''Liverpool Oratorio'':
---> "Non nobis solum\\
"Sed toti mundo\\
"Nati\\
"Toti mundo nati"
* GreatestHitsAlbum: He's had several. ''Wings Greatest'' covers mainly Wings, but has some early solo tracks. ''All the Best'' is under Paul's name, but is about half Wings. The two-disc ''Wingspan'' is the most comprehensive collection, covering both Wings and Paul's solo output through 1984.
* GriefSong:
** "Here Today", written after the death of Music/JohnLennon.
** Also, "Little Willow", written in memory of Maureen Starkey (Music/RingoStarr's first wife).
* HappilyMarried: Paul and Linda [=McCartney=] for 29 years, until Linda's death from cancer in 1998.
* IAmTheBand: "Paul [=McCartney=] and Music/{{Wings}}". To the extent that the greatest hits album ''All the Best'' is attributed solely to [=McCartney=] despite being about half-Wings.
** On ''[=McCartney=]'', ''[=McCartney=] II'', and ''Chaos and Creation in the Back Yard'', Paul performs almost all the instruments himself.
* IconicItem: His trademark violin-shaped Höfner 500/1 bass.
* IdenticalGrandson / StrongFamilyResemblance: [[http://beatlepress.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/paul_james_mccartney.jpg His son James]] is basically [[PaletteSwap a blond version of himself]].
* IntentionallyAwkwardTitle: ''Kisses on the Bottom''. It's a line from "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter," and in that context clearly refers to signing love letters with X's, but still... ''Paul''...
* IntercourseWithYou: "Hi Hi Hi". Banned by the {{BBC}} [[CompletelyMissingThePoint for being about drugs]].
* InTheStyleOf: "Let Me Roll It" off of ''Band on the Run'' is commonly believed to be Paul recording a John Lennon-style song.
* IronicNurseryRhyme: After the BBC refused to play his ProtestSong "Give Ireland Back to the Irish", an irritated Paul set "Mary Had a Little Lamb" to music and actually released it as a single.
* LeadBassist: The best known bassist of all time. And the "lead" part is prevalent in both Wings and the latter part of The Beatles.
* LetsDuet: In the early 80s, [=McCartney=] had big hits singing duets with Music/StevieWonder ("Ebony and Ivory") and Music/MichaelJackson ("The Girl Is Mine", "Say Say Say").
** He also contributed vocals for the song "Best Love" on Creator/SteveMartin's 2011 album ''Rare Bird Alert''.
** One of his songs from his late-80s partnership with Creator/ElvisCostello was the duet "You Want Her Too" off of ''Flowers in the Dirt''.
* LimitedWardrobe: These days, he usually performs in a long sleeved red shirt.
* LongRunnerLineUp: After two groups that didn't qualify (The Beatles only lasted eight years after Ringo joined, and aside from the core three of Paul, Linda and Denny Laine the Wings were a RevolvingDoorBand) his current live band - and at times going along in the studio - qualifies, having been the same musicians since 2001.
* MagpiesAsPortents: "Two Magpies".
* MissingMom: Mary [=McCartney=] died from cancer when Paul was 14. This tragedy has undoubtedly inspired quite a few of his songs, including "Let It Be", and helped him bond with Music/JohnLennon, who'd also lost his mother at a young age.
* NeverLearnedToRead: He can't read sheet music.
* NewSoundAlbum: Plenty of his earlier solo stuff was SynthPop-ish, compared to his later music, which had a harder rock sound to it. Later on, his 2013 solo album, which he specifically had produced by a younger staff, was given a mostly electronic rock style rather than straight-up rock (as with his previous albums), complete with electronically distorted guitar audio. Fittingly, the album is called ''New''.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: Strongly averted, as it's Music/RingoStarr (the drummer) who usually gets treated like the ButtMonkey in most discussions about Music/TheBeatles.
* OdeToIntoxication: See WanderlustSong below.
* OlderThanTheyLook: He's 70, but he looks like he's in his late-40's to mid-50's. One reason for this is that his hair used to be greyer than it is now.
* OneManSong: ''Teddy Boy'', ''Maxwell's Silver Hammer'', ''Rocky Raccoon'', ''Hey Jude''
* OneWomanSong: ''The Lovely Linda'', ''Michelle''
* ParentalSubstitute: Julian Lennon has admitted that he was ''much'' closer to Paul than his [[DisappearedDad own father]], especially during his early childhood and adolescence. When John deserted Julian and his mother, Paul stepped in as a role model and even wrote the song "Hey, Jude'' to console a young Julian over his parents' divorce.
---> “Paul and I used to hang about quite a bit—more than Dad and I did. We had a great friendship going and there seems to be far more pictures of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are pictures of me and my dad.” - Julian Lennon
* {{Prison}}: [=McCartney=]'s infamous bust in 1980, when, as he and Wings were arriving in Japan on a tour, he was caught at customs with 218 grams of marijuana in his luggage. He spent ten days in jail and could have faced a seven-year sentence, but the Japanese government elected to deport him. Reports of [[Music/JohnLennon John's]] reaction to the bust range from "delighted with his ex-partner's misfortune to the point where he literally danced with joy" to "[[http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/story/lennons-rage-over-mccartney-drug-bust furious that his friend let himself get caught]] and increasingly anxious as Paul was detained"; at any rate, he called to provide moral support.
* ProtestSong: [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles "Give Ireland Back to the Irish"]]
** "How Many People?" off of ''Flowers in the Dirt''
* PunnyName: 1973 single "Helen Wheels".
* RecycledInSpace: "Another Day", as described by Wings drummer Denny Seiwell, is "Eleanor Rigby [[BigApplesauce IN NEW YORK CITY!]]"
* RefugeInAudacity: Despite having full knowledge that it would be banned by the {{BBC}} (which it was), "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" was released as a single by Wings. Their ''first'' single..
* ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated: His reaction to the "Paul Is Dead" rumors.
--> "I wasn't really dead." (Paul to Creator/ChrisFarley on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'')
* RereleaseTheSong: "Maybe I'm Amazed" and "Coming Up" were solo songs which also saw live releases by Wings. "Another Day / Oh Woman, Oh Why", his debut single, was also made available for Record Day 2012.
* RooftopConcert: Naturally, played with the other three Beatles in the band's final performance on the roof of Apple Corps, but Paul has also done it solo, having played on the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater on ''The Late Show with Creator/DavidLetterman''.
* SelfTitledAlbum: ''[=McCartney=]'' (his solo debut, in which he belatedly announced the breakup of the Beatles) and the later ''[=McCartney=] II''.
* SignificantAnagram: While it's unclear whether it's intentional, ''Memory Almost Full'' can be rearranged to spell "For My Soulmate LLM".
* SillyLoveSongs: TropeNamer, and a [[TakeThatCritics Take That to his critics]].
* SingingSimlish: "Wo wo wo wo, wo wo wo wo, my love does it good." Not Paul's best moment as a lyricist.
* SongStyleShift:
** "A Day in the Life". Partly because Paul only wrote the middle bit; the outer bits were John's.
** "Band on the Run"
** "Live And Let Die"
** "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey", although this is because (as with "A Day in the Life") it is actually two (or three) song-fragments combined to make one whole song.
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Linda, his wife, performed along on some of his albums and during his tours, despite not being musically gifted at all.
* TheStoner: Paul smoked a lot of marijuana, especially in the 70s and 80s.
** "Let Me Roll It" is a nod to [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/let-me-roll-it-is-about-rolling-a-joint,104404/ rolling a joint]].
** See WanderlustSong below.
* {{Supergroup}}: Performed a new original song called "Cut Me Some Slack" with the surviving members of Music/{{Nirvana}} for the "12 12 12" benefit concert. It rocked.
* TakeThat: "Too Many People" off of ''Music/{{Ram}}'' is a rather veiled Take That towards Music/JohnLennon. The photo on the inside sleeve of ''Ram''--a beetle...er, ''screwing'' another beetle--is less veiled, though Paul intended it as a reference to the acrimonious collapse of the Beatles instead of specifically insulting John. Lennon, always more willing to get nasty than [=McCartney=], took his revenge with "How Do You Sleep?" on ''Music/{{Imagine}}''.
** WordOfGod is that only the line "too many people preaching practices" was about John and Yoko, and "you took your lucky break and broke it in two" was about John's part in the Beatles' dissolution. John thought the whole album was about them.
** "Silly Love Songs" is one big Take That at critics who accused Paul of wallowing in saccharine pop songs about love.
* TextlessAlbumCover: ''[=McCartney=]'' and ''Chaos and Creation in the Backyard''.
* ThisIsASong: "Silly Love Songs"
* UnpluggedVersion: Paul's ''Unplugged (The Official Bootleg)'' album is among the first unplugged albums ever released and was the very first MTV Unplugged performance/album.
* UpdatedRerelease: His post-Beatles discography has seen two rounds of these, 1993's ''Paul [=McCartney=] Collection'' and the ongoing, [[SarcasmMode creatively-titled]] ''Paul [=McCartney=] Archive Collection''.
* WanderlustSong: "Wanderlust", sort of. It [[CaptainObvious seems like it would be this]], and one can certainly read the lyrics as being a wanderlust song, but it's actually about an incident where the captain of a boat [=McCartney=] had chartered said he couldn't carry any weed. Paul responded by [[http://books.google.com/books?id=CxGme_8G2MsC&pg=PA184&lpg=PA184&dq=wanderlust+mccartney+weed&source=bl&ots=TJ5gpdVMXv&sig=N5ahnGUeHsDBUuC6z5Pt2mQMBFc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=4uYxUsO_E7K54AOt8YDYCA&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q=wanderlust%20mccartney%20weed&f=false finding another boat]].
* WeUsedToBeFriends: A personal and professional relationship with Music/MichaelJackson abruptly ended when Jackson bought the publishing rights to the Lennon/[=McCartney=] catalog.
** While the common misconception is this, [=McCartney=]'s reason for being angry at Jackson seemed to change from MJ "buying the rug he was standing on," to some of the choices he made in exploitation of the songs (e.g. putting certain [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] songs in certain commercials) to simply not giving [=McCartney=]--one of the wealthiest men in showbiz--a raise in the royalties.
** Paul and Linda's relationship with Denny Laine of Music/{{Wings}} didn't end well, either, although Paul and Denny seen to have reconciled.
** And, of course, Paul's relationships with the other Beatles melted down rather spectacularly in the late 1960s. They all later managed to patch up their differences to some degree following that, but there was reportedly never the same closeness.
* WigDressAccent: During Beatlemania he took to wearing disguises so that he could wander the streets without being mobbed (and occasionally play pranks on the other Beatles and Brian Epstein). In one amusing incident, he was recognised by a bartender who wasn't fooled when Paul asked for "a drop o' the hard stuff" in an Irish accent. See also [[http://meetthebeatlesforreal.blogspot.com/2009/12/paul-and-linda-attend-georges-show.html Paul and Linda incognito]] at a Music/GeorgeHarrison concert.
* WordSaladLyrics: Paul was fond of these; "Junior's Farm" and "Jet" are two prime examples.
----