James Paul McCartney was born in Liverpool, England, to parents James and Mary McCartney. His mother was a nurse and his father was a cotton salesman who was also the pianist and leader of local Liverpool group, Jim Mac's Jazz Band. Paul had one younger brother, Michael, who was two years his junior. Though the two were baptized in the Catholic Church, education was emphasized more in their household than religion. As a musician himself, James Sr. encouraged both of his sons to be musical, keeping a piano in a front room of their home. James once gave Paul a trumpet for his birthday, but as rock 'n' roll became more and more popular, Paul traded it in for an acoustic guitar, concluding it would be easier to sing with a guitar than with a trumpet. George Harrison, join the band as well. And the rest, as they say, is history . . .
Happy Birthday, Macca! Seventy-one years ago to the day, singer and bassist of The Beatles, Paul McCartney, was born. To celebrate his birthday in our next installment of "Before They Were Rock Stars" series, let's take a look back at Macca before he was a rock star.