In the following years, he began to collaborate with Ringo Starr and published Tug of War, and Pipes of Peace. He then reached the pinnacle of the rankings once again, thanks to the co-written single “Say Say Say” with Michael Jackson.
In 1984, Paul debuted as a film producer and an actor with the film “Give My Regards to Broad Street”, and he also wrote the soundtrack.
Two years later, to give a contemporary feel to his music, he released the album “Press to Play” collaborating with Phil Collins, but the album disappointed critics and was the least sold disc of his solo career. The following year the anthology “All the Best”, containing the unreleased “Once Upon a Long Ago”, was released.
The artistic collaboration with Elvis Costello, with whom McCartney wrote seven songs in total, raised great curiosity.
At the end of the ‘80s he started a new tour, the first after the death of Lennon, “The Paul McCartney World Tour.” His wife Linda also went on tour with him and Paul sang many songs by the Beatles for the first time since the beginning of his solo career.
In 1991 he recorded an acoustic concert for the second season of “MTV Unplugged”, in which he also sang his first song ever “I Lost My Little Girl”, that was included in the album “Unplugged – The Official Bootleg.” Two years later, it was the arrival of “Off the Ground”, followed by a world tour, “The New World Tour” and the album “Paul Is Live.”
After the tour, he went back to the recording studio with Ringo Starr and George Harrison to work on the project “Anthology” by the Beatles, that included documentaries and three double albums of live and study recordings: Anthology 1 (1995), Anthology 2 (1996) and Anthology 3 (1996).
In 1997 he was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and published the new album Flaming Pie.
Then, he published Rushes I and II, under the pseudonym of “The Fireman”, which revealed his experimental side, with instrumental music in electronic key.
On April 17, 1998 Linda McCartney died of cancer, and Paul momentarily abandoned the music scene, debuting in 1999 as a painter at an exhibition in Munich. Once back in the world of music, he released Run Devil Run, a collection of his interpretations of classic rock ‘n roll of the 50s, with three new songs in the same style.
In the ‘90s he took a liking to classical music. He wrote his first piece for Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, commissioned by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Society to celebrate its 150th anniversary. In 1997, he presented another piece, this time it was commissioned by EMI for the 100th anniversary of the label, titled Standing Stone, ending the decade with another piece called Working Classical.
In 2001 he took part in the concert event in memory of the victims of the terrorist attack of September 11, “The Concert for New York City”, composing a new song, Freedom, later recorded on the new album, “Driving Rain.”
The following year he married former model Heather Mills, with whom he had a daughter, Beatrice, and they divorced in 2006. In the same year he launched a world tour, starting in the United States and he even toured in Europe and Japan.
His 2005 album “Chaos and Creations in the Backyard” has sounds that are strongly reminiscent of those of the Beatles.
The following year he released a new album of classical music, “Ecce Cor Meum”, which took him ten years to put together, and dedicated it to the memory of his first wife Linda. Later an album titled “Memory Almost Full”, preceded by the single “Dance Tonight” was released. The actress Natalie Portman was in the video, which was used by Apple to advertise their products, with Paul as the protagonist of the commercial.
In 2007, papers documented his relationship with Nancy Shevell, 17 years his junior. The couple was married at Westminster Register Office in London in 2011.
In November 2008, he participated in the MTV Europe Music Awards, and won the Ultimate Legend Award that was awarded to him in his hometown, Liverpool.
The same year he played the role of “The Fireman” once again and released the album “Electric Arguments”, composed and performed in thirteen days (one for each track), and recorded in his own studio.
The following year he was a guest at the Neil Young concert at Hyde Park in London and he dueted with McCartney on the song “A Day in the Life” of the Beatles.
On June 1, 2010 he received the Gershwin Award from the Library of Congress in Washington for all of his music pieces, which was given to him by U.S. President Barak Obama. The prize was previously awarded to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder, and this was the first time that it was assigned to a non-American artist.
After two years “Kisses on the Bottom” was released. This was a tribute album with two new songs on which Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton collaborated.
In 2012 he closed Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Double Jubilee Concert, outside Buckingham Palace. In the same year, he closed the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics, playing Hey Jude, and, he performed as the front man for Nirvana, with a piece titled “Cut Me Some Slack.” He had not realized that he was going to play the role of Kurt Cobain, because Dave Grohl, Nirvana’s drummer, told him he would have played with some old friends.
On 8 September 2012 he was decorated with the “Légion d’Honneur” by the French Head of State François Hollande for his music career.
In 2013 his new album, entitled New, came out. In October, in order to launch the album, he held a concert in Times Square in New York. He posted the following tweet via Twitter: “Very excited to be playing in New York Times Square at 1pm this afternoon!”
Recently there have been rumors of a possible reunion of the surviving Beatles since he has contacted Ringo Starr a number of times.
McCartney appears in the Guinness World Records as the most successful musician and composer of popular music, with 60 gold discs and 100 million singles sold. His song Yesterday holds the record for being the most performed song in history. Paul is also the richest musician thanks to his estate that was valued at £680 million in 2013.
According to a famous legend, McCartney died in a car accident in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike. Is this true?