Sir Paul McCartney, who with the late John Lennon, became widely identified as the songwriting arm of The Beatles, has both with and without Lennon long been admired as one of the major songwriting talents of his era. As The Beatles were perhaps the single most influential group in the modern era of contemporary music, so were McCartney and Lennon, together and separately, regarded as among the most important music contributors of their time.
Such songs as "Yesterday," "She's Leaving Home," "Eleanor Rigby," "Here, There, and Everywhere," and "The Long and Winding Road," from the pens of this prolific duo, have become a very special part of the pop mainstream. The Beatles, and Lennon and McCartney with their individual songs, helped change the voice of popular music forever. They rescued rock and roll from the doldrums and helped give the youth culture a common voice. They were duly honored by Queen and country. They have also been celebrated on film, in print, on record, and in the memories of a generation.
Even before the impact of The Beatles split had hit home, McCartney had formed Wings, a permanent touring and recording band that, with the help of his wife Linda and band member Denny Laine, stayed together nearly a decade to become one of the most popular bands of the '70s.
In 1979, McCartney's accomplishments were recognized by the Guinness Book of Records with its "Triple Superlative Award," in token of his achievements as a composer. At that moment, he had to his credit 41 songs with sales of over one million copies each, as well as sales of over…