Today in History: Paul McCartney is Named the Most Successful Composer of All-Time

1960, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Nice 'n' Easy'.
1960, Frank Sinatra went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Nice 'n' Easy'.
PARIS, FRANCE: Legendary US singer Frank Sinatra in a picture taken 06 June 1962 in Paris performs on stage of the Lido Theater. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
1962, US Soul singer James Brown recorded his legendary 'Live At The Apollo' album. The album was listed at No.24 in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1962, US Soul singer James Brown recorded his legendary 'Live At The Apollo' album. The album was listed at No.24 in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
369202. James Brown performs with on the ''Rosanne'' talk show at CBS studios, West Hollywood on May 11th. (Picture by DAN CALLISTER Online USA Inc)
1963, On the first day of their first foreign tour, The Beatles spent the day in Stockholm, Sweden, recording a performance for a radio program entitled "The Beatles popgrupp fran Liverpool pa besok i Stockholm", (The Beatles pop group from Liverpool visiting Stockholm). The Beatles, enthused by the chance to play before an audience that wasn't screaming, played seven songs, 'I Saw Her Standing There', 'From Me to You' 'Money', 'You Really Got a Hold On Me', 'She Loves You', 'Roll Over Beethoven' and 'Twist and Shout.'
1963, On the first day of their first foreign tour, The Beatles spent the day in Stockholm, Sweden, recording a performance for a radio program entitled "The Beatles popgrupp fran Liverpool pa besok i Stockholm", (The Beatles pop group from Liverpool visiting Stockholm). The Beatles, enthused by the chance to play before an audience that wasn't screaming, played seven songs, 'I Saw Her Standing There', 'From Me to You' 'Money', 'You Really Got a Hold On Me', 'She Loves You', 'Roll Over Beethoven' and 'Twist and Shout.'
1964, The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11 date North American tour playing two shows at The New York Academy of Music.
1964, The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11 date North American tour playing two shows at The New York Academy of Music.
Members of the British rock band the Rolling Stones pose in Paris, 28 March 1966. Right to Left: Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. (Photo credit should read STAFF/AFP/Getty Images)
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1970, Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the UK album chart with the 'Atom Heart Mother', the group's first No.1.
LONDON - JULY 02: (L to R) David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright from the band Pink Floyd on stage at "Live 8 London" in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. The concerts precede the G8 summit (July 6-8) to raising awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)
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1970, Santana scored their first US No.1 album with 'Abraxas'.
1970, Santana scored their first US No.1 album with 'Abraxas'.
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Musician Carlos Santana performs onstage during the 2010 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for DCP)
1973, John Lennon began litigation against the US government, accusing them of tapping his telephone.
1973, John Lennon began litigation against the US government, accusing them of tapping his telephone.
TO GO WITH STORY by Juan Castro Olivera, Lifestyle-US-Christmas (FILES) Music legend John Lennon in Cannes 17 May 1971 where he presented his movies 'Apotheosis' and 'The Flu'. Commercially Christmas is an important time for music companies which use artist from The Beatles, Lennon, U2, Sting to Venezuela's Voz Veis. (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
1977, Rolling Stone Keith Richards pleaded guilty to possessing heroin to a court in Toronto. He was given a one year suspended sentence and ordered to perform a benefit concert for the blind.
1977, Rolling Stone Keith Richards pleaded guilty to possessing heroin to a court in Toronto. He was given a one year suspended sentence and ordered to perform a benefit concert for the blind.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England on Jan. 11, 1977, where he was appearing at Aylesbury Crown Court charged with possessing the drugs LSD and Cocaine. (AP Photo/Press Association)
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1979, Paul McCartney received a medallion cast in rhodium after being declared the most successful composer of all time. From 1962 to 1978, McCartney had written or co-written 43 songs that had sold over a million copies each.
Singer Paul McCarthey, one of the Beatles, posing at a Movie Function in London July 8, 1968. (AP Photo)
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1981, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, supported by Van Halen.
1981, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, supported by Van Halen.
Mick Jagger, left, and Keith Richards, members of the rock group Rolling Stones, are shown during an evening concert at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, on Sunday, July 6, 1975. The crowd attendance was estimated at 50,000 fans. (AP Photo)
1987, Sting went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo release 'Nothing Like The Sun.'
1987, Sting went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo release 'Nothing Like The Sun.'
RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE British singer Sting, accompanied by a symphony orchestra and band, conducted by Sarah Hicks performs during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival on July 11, 2011 in Montreux. The music festival will last until July 16, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
1987, Michael Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Bad', a No.3 hit in the UK.
1987, Michael Jackson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Bad', a No.3 hit in the UK.
LONDON -1983 : Michael Jackson at the BPI awards to collect an award on behalf of Barbra Streisand held in London 1983.(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
2005, Madonna gave a surprise lecture at a New York university, discussing her career and new film after she arrived unannounced at City University's Hunter College as part of the MTV series Stand In. Students expected a screening of her new documentary, "I'm Going To Tell You a Secret" but they were also given the chance to question the singer.
2005, Madonna gave a surprise lecture at a New York university, discussing her career and new film after she arrived unannounced at City University's Hunter College as part of the MTV series Stand In. Students expected a screening of her new documentary, "I'm Going To Tell You a Secret" but they were also given the chance to question the singer.
US musician Madonna poses for the photographers during the opening her gym called "Hard Candy Fitness" in Mexico City on November 29, 2010. AFP PHOTO / Alfredo Estrella (Photo credit should read ALFREDO ESTRELLA/AFP/Getty Images)
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