Paul McCartney spends time with Linda Eastman

October 20 - November 1968

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The last session for the new double album “The Beatles” was on October 18, 1968. The Beatles went their own way till the end of the year and would restart working together on January 2, 1969, for the “Get Back” sessions.

On October 20, 1968, Paul McCartney flew to New York to spend a ten-day holiday with Linda Eastman. They had met in May 1967 in London and fell in love together in June 1968 while in Los Angeles. In September, Linda had travelled to London, leaving his daughter from a previous marriage in New York.

So we wandered round New York, getting tighter and tighter. We’ve always been very close and that was the beginning of it all. It was a great change in my life. I’ve always had quite serious relationships, I didn’t have that many women. I had girlfriends and one-night stands a lot, the swinging sixties, sexual revolution. But this was the start of this new kind of relationship for me. I found it very liberating. I found it very good for me as a person. There was a newspaper headline, ‘Linda and Paul, 9000 Nights of Love’, because apart from when I was busted in Tokyo, we have pretty much spent every night together. Personally I never saw any reason to be somewhere that she wasn’t.

Paul McCartney – from “Many Years From Now”, by Barry Miles, 1997

Those two weeks in New York had solidified their relationship, and they took the decision to be together. They came back together in London on October 31, with Heather.

On November 5, Paul, Linda, and Heather traveled to Scotland to spend some time at High Park Farm, Paul’s farm.

Compared to London standards, the farmhouse was very rural and primitive. Furniture was sparse and littered round the place. Paul had made a couch from potato boxes and sacks, which was quite comfortable. But the house inside is a bit dingy and Paul felt he might make bigger windows. He might extend the building, too, as there is only a small sitting-room, a living room-kitchen, a bedroom and wc.

From New Musical Express – June 1, 1968 – see full article

Linda said, “We could do this place up!” And I’d never thought of that, I thought it just stayed how you bought it. I just wasn’t enterprising enough to actually think, We could clean this place up! Linda really turned me on to it. I quite liked it before, I liked its isolation and I liked the privacy and the end-of-the-world remoteness compared to a city.

Paul McCartney – from “Many Years From Now”, by Barry Miles, 1997

Over the coming years, especially after the Beatles’ break-up, they would spend significant time in this place.

In November, McCartney was back in the studio to produce Mary Hopkin’s debut album, “Postcard”.

From Linda McCartney — L.I.L.Y. on Instagram: “Paul, Linda, and Heather. Scotland, 1968. #lindamccartney #paulmccartney #lindaeastman #heathermccartney”

Last updated on September 26, 2021

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