(b Liverpool, 1942).
Eng. songwriter, guitarist, pianist, and organist. Wrote first song 1956. Member of the Beatles pop group 1960–70; formed new group Wings 1971. Comp. Liverpool Oratorio (with Carl Davis), 1991, and many songs (some with John Lennon) incl. Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday, etc. Mus. for several films. Over 200,000,000 recordings of his comps. sold. MBE 1965. Knighted 1997.