Sir James Paul McCartney CH MBE is a British singer, composer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist most famous for being a member of . He is also a published poet, painter, philanthropist, animal rights activist, and multi-media executive/producer. Widower of . Stepfather of and biological father to , , and Beatrice McCartney. Sir Paul has been recognised by every music and entertainment association, including Guinness Book, as the most successful and popular composer/songwriter/entertainer in the history of popular music. McCartney received appointment as Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1965 and, in 1997, McCartney was knighted for services to music. Son of , brother of .