Paul and Linda McCartney travel to New York to record “RAM”

October 1-7, 1970

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Early October, Paul McCartney, his wife Linda and their two daughters (Heather and Mary) boarded the luxury liner SS France in Southampton, for a six days and nights trip to New York, with the ambition of recording a new album (which would turn to be the “RAM” album released in 1971).

We were on holiday in France and thinking about making another album. I’d written a few new songs and we thought that for a change we’d go to New York to record. It’s good place, with a lot of great musicians and would give us a different slant. We’d tried the amateur bit with McCartney, going back to square one; now we wanted to get a bit more professional. So we took the ocean liner lle de France and sailed from Southampton over to New York.

It was a crazy journey. I wore shades a lot of the time and nobody really bothered us. But there was one woman who got annoyed at me coming into the dining-room wearing them. I thought, ‘What the hell. I’m on holiday, I’ll do what I want’ and I didn’t particularly want to have to relate to some of these people. She got annoyed, saying, Take your sunglasses off. Elizabeth Taylor is on this boat and she doesn’t wear them I said, ‘Well I’m not Elizabeth Taylor!’

Paul McCartney – From “Wingspan”

They would return to England just before Christmas.

From One of the Last Liners, SS France (1969) | Port Economics, Management and Policy (
From Daily Mirror, October 9, 1970

Last updated on March 5, 2022

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