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April 12 to April 15, 1973
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Early December 1971, Paul, Linda and their children flew to Jamaica for some time off. Here, they discovered and fell in love with reggae music, which inspired Linda to write her first song, “Seaside Woman“.
We were up in Scotland and I was painting the big corrugated – iron roof. During that time, Linda had bought some of the first reggae records that hit Britain, Tighten Up, and she’d play them downstairs while I was painting the roof. We both loved the music and going to Jamaica became our big ambition. When we did, we really fell in love with it: the country, the people, the music, the lifestyle, the weather. We spent weeks there, soaking up a lot of reggae – it was the start of rap but they used to call it toasting. There was a radio station called rjr that played reggae all day long, and a little shop in Montego Bay called Tony’s Record Store where we used to sift through all the 45s. It reminded us of the 1950s. We’d buy them by the titles – one record was called Poison Pressure by Lennon-McCartney. I thought, ‘Oh yeah? This is interesting.’ It was no song I’d ever had a part in, nor John. Maybe we weren’t the only Lennon-McCartney in the world, though – perhaps it was Moses Lennon and Winston McCartney.Paul McCartney – From “Wingspan: Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run“, 2002
Fantastic. They’ve got singles down there! It’s like the ’50s. It’s just fantastic music. And all the kids… It’s so loose down there, all the kids blast it like in Montego Bay. At every corner, they’re playing reggae. I love reggae. My favourite.Linda McCartney – From Wingspan documentary, 2001
The whole reggae thing was so free and young and new and fresh. We came in the studio, and influenced by that she wrote her first song, which was Seaside Woman. It was based on the Jamaican experience.Paul McCartney – From Wingspan documentary, 2001
Because of all the business troubles at Apple we really didn’t have much money. Well, I had some but I couldn’t get at it because it was frozen. But Linda had some savings from her photography so we were able to live on that for a while. We always used to say that if all the money went, if we became broke, then we’d go to Jamaica and live in a little shack. After our first visit to Jamaica, Linda wrote her first song, Seaside Woman. We cut a demo and I played drums. I didn’t have a snare drum, though, so I used a couple of ropes. Again, that’s why we called it our ‘funky period’ – it was all improvised. The harmonies on tracks like Seaside Woman became central to Wings. That sound was slightly different to what anyone else was doing. Elton John said he really loved our harmonies, and when I later worked with Michael Jackson he asked for Linda to be on the harmonies. Our voices did blend very well together.Paul McCartney – From “Wingspan: Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run“, 2002
Looking at all those reggae 45s, Paul and Linda found out that many of the B-sides contained dubs of the backing tracks without any vocals, and those were usually labelled “version”. They would use this tactic, when recording Wings’ first non-album single, “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” in February 1972.
“Bluebird”, released on the 1973 album “Band On The Run”, was reportedly composed by McCartney in 1971, during his holiday in Jamaica.
We wrote it in Jamaica when we were on holiday.Paul McCartney – From interview with Disc Magazine, 1973
Last updated on April 23, 2022
"An updated edition of the best-seller. The story of what happened to the band members, their families and friends after the 1970 break-up is brought right up to date. A fascinating and meticulous piece of Beatles scholarship."
We owe a lot to Keith Badman for the creation of those pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details - a day to day chronology of what happened to the four Beatles after the break-up and how their stories intertwined together!
This edition of the book compiles more outrageous opinions and unrehearsed interviews from the former Beatles and the people who surrounded them. Keith Badman unearths a treasury of Beatles sound bites and points-of-view, taken from the post break up years. Includes insights from Yoko Ono, Linda McCartney, Barbara Bach and many more.
This very special RAM special is the first in a series. This is a Timeline for 1970 – 1971 when McCartney started writing and planning RAM in the summer of 1970 and ending with the release of the first Wings album WILD LIFE in December 1971. [...] One thing I noted when exploring the material inside the deluxe RAM remaster is that the book contains many mistakes. A couple of dates are completely inaccurate and the story is far from complete. For this reason, I started to compile a Timeline for the 1970/1971 period filling the gaps and correcting the mistakes. The result is this Maccazine special. As the Timeline was way too long for one special, we decided to do a double issue (issue 3, 2012 and issue 1, 2013).
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"In this issue we take you back to the early days of Paul McCartney’s solo career when he decided to form a new group. With Wings he proved there was life after The Beatles. This Maccazine features a detailed timeline of ‘the birth’ of the band with interesting entries including many new facts and unpublished photos. Follow-up timelines will be published in the upcoming years."