Paul McCartney and family on holiday in Jamaica

April 12 to April 15, 1973

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From 12th April 1973, London, Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Linda… Photo d’actualité – Getty Images – Entertainment, Music, Personalities, pic: 12th April 1973, London, Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Linda with their children Stella, aged 1, Mary aged 3, Heather aged 10, prior to leaving for a holiday in Jamaica (Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

THERE’S still a chance that the Beatles will play together again, Paul McCartney said yesterday. ” Providing everything was all right and planned properly, I can’t think of any reason why they shouldn’t,” he said. Paul, who split with the rest of the group three years ago, was talking at London’s Heathrow Airport before flying with his family to the West Indies for a holiday. He’s pictured with his wife Linda, her daughter Heather, 10, by a previous marriage, and their daughters, one-year-old Stella, and Mary, 3.

From Daily Mirror – Friday 13 April 1973
Steve McQueen and Ale McGraw – Photo by Linda McCartney

Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me)“, released on the 1973 album “Band On The Run“, was written during those days in Jamaica.

Paul McCartney, From Wingspan:

On one of our Jamaican holidays we had heard that Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen were around, shooting the film Papillon. We were invited to visit the set and Dustin asked us back to his house for dinner. He was asking me how I write songs; I explained that I just make them up. He said, Can you make up a song about anything?’ I wasn’t sure, but he pulled out a copy of Time, pointed to an article and said, ‘Could you write a song about this? It was a quote from Picasso, from the last night of his life. Apparently, he had said to his friends, ‘Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can’t drink anymore,’ and then gone to bed and died in his sleep. So I picked up a guitar, started to strum and sing ‘Drink to me, drink to my health…’, and Dustin was shouting to his wife, ‘He’s doing it! He’s doing it! Come and listen!’ It’s something that comes naturally to me but he was blown away by it. And that song became Picasso’s Last Words.

From Home / Twitter – Jamaica, April 1973. Paul and Linda met Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen during that visit and Macca wrote ‘Picasso’s Last Words (Drink to Me)’ and ‘Getting Closer.’

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