Yesterday, all his troubles seemed so far away. But now Paul McCartney must answer to why one of his alter egos is retired publisher, Barry Winkleman.
Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE(born 18 June 1942), is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. WithJohn Lennon, George Harrison andRingo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, widely regarded as one of the most popular and influential acts in the history of rock music; his songwriting partnership with Lennon is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century. After the band’s break-up, he pursued a solo career and later formed Wings with his first wife,Linda, and Denny Laine.
McCartney has been recognised as one of the most successful composers and performers of all time, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with the Beatles and as a solo artist. More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song “Yesterday“, more than any other copyrighted song in history. Wings’ 1977 release “Mull of Kintyre” is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fameas a solo artist in March 1999, McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2014 he has sold more than 15.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr received MBEs in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music.
Barry started at The Times in 1966, in the Special Publications department, when the paper was owned by Lord Astor. After the merger with The Sunday Times under Lord Thomson, he became the first Managing Director of Times Books in the 1970s. He published the very successful Times Atlas of World History and subsequent Times Atlases. After Rupert Murdoch bought The Times, Barry was asked to run City Magazines as well, then John Bartholomew in Edinburgh, which had been acquired by Murdoch in 1985.
Barry has two daughters, Claudia Winkleman and Sophie Winkleman.