Paul McCartney, born James Paul McCartney on June 18, 1942, is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer best known as the bassist and one of the lead singers of The Beatles. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon is one of the most celebrated of all time. He has been awarded 60 Gold Records and has sold over 100 million albums and 100 million singles of his work with The Beatles and as a solo artist. McCartney, along with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr received MBEs in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music. He is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Beatles in 1988, and as a solo artist in 1999), and is a 21-time Grammy Award winner (having won both individually and with the Beatles). 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. Sir Paul has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education.