Paul McCartney is one of the most talented and influential musicians of the last 100 years.
Today he turns 79, so let’s take a look back at some of the most important places in his life and career, and where he might be celebrating his birthday this year.
Childhood Home, Liverpool, UK
Paul McCartney was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England. When he was a teenager, he moved to this home on Forthlin Road.
When the Beatles were just starting out, the group would meet at this home and practice, write songs, and hang out. While Paul certainly imagined being a famous musician, it’s likely that he never would have imagined that those afternoon practices would lead to him becoming one of the most famous and wealthy musicians of all time. As of 2021, his net worth was estimated at more than a billion dollars!
The British National Trust acquired the home in 1995, and has labeled it as the “Birthplace of the Beatles”. On an episode of Carpool Karaoke, Paul and the host James Corden visited the home, and Paul said it was the first time he’d been back since his teenage years.
St. Peter’s Church, Woolton Parish, Liverpool, UK
From a young age, Paul McCartney loved music and wanted to be a professional musician. By his teens, he was serious about the pursuit. When he was 15, Paul met John Lennon at St. Peter’s Church in Liverpool, where John was performing with his own band.
The two connected and quickly formed a new band. The place was very important to the group. In fact, it’s here where the band got the idea for the song “Eleanor Rigby”. The name is found on one of the cemetery’s headstones. The song was featured on their Revolver album, and was one of Paul’s most famous, and most beautiful, compositions.
Ranch in Tanque Verde, AZ
Paul met his first wife, Linda, at the height of his fame, and the two were married in 1969. They were together until she passed away from breast cancer in 1998.
The couple bought an Arizona ranch in 1979, because Linda had spent much time in the state, and loved being in the desert environment. The Tanque Verde ranch is about 150 acres, near Tuscon.
The home is not grand, but it was perfect for long visits while raising their four kids. Linda passed away at the ranch, and some of her ashes were scattered around the property.
London Residence, UK
Paul bought a townhouse way back in 1965 in London’s St. John’s Wood. Through all his career growth, different relationships, and life changes, he’s always kept this as a main property. In fact, the wedding reception for his marriage to Nancy Shevall was held here.
He paid about $1 million in today’s dollars for the three story structure. His investment has paid off; recently, a fixer-upper went on the market for about $25 million! He’s done extensive renovations, including adding a gate and security system. He also has a home recording studio, of course.
Peasmarch in Rye, Sussex, UK
Paul likes to buy real estate and hold onto it, unlike many other celebrities. In 1973, he bought an estate in Rye, and has kept it ever since. He and Linda raised their family there, and loved the low-key lifestyle it afforded them.
In fact, this is where he spent much of his quarantine in 2020, with one of his daughters and her family. The large house and sprawling grounds are a perfect place to quarantine.
This isn’t the only home he owns in the area. He has bought property and other homes both to ensure his privacy, and for investment purposes. All told, it is estimated he owns more than 1,500 acres in the area.
Stella McCartney’s Home in Pershore, UK
Paul isn’t the only famous and successful McCartney in England these days. His daughter Stella has become an internationally-famous clothing designer, first for Gucci and now under her own name.
Stella and her husband Alasdhair Willis bought a lovely estate in Bishamtpon, in Worcestershire, England. They have lived there since 2001, and have become regular sites in the small village since.
As of 2021, Stella’s net worth is abut $75 million, and she has used her money to make considerable improvements to the once-dilapidated Georgian structure they call home. They have placed specific emphasis on the multiple gardens they’ve cultivated on the grounds.
Because Paul is a bit of a homebody when he’s not touring, and because of Covid-19, it’s likely Paul will spend his birthday at his Rye estate. He’ll probably be surrounded by family, and maybe they’ll even sing the Beatles anthem “Birthday” to their dad and grandpa.
Happy Birthday, Paul!