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Wings Fun Club's newsletters
April / May 1977
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Circa January 1975
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Circa June 1974
April 20 - July 22, 1972
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The Paul McCartney and Wings Fun Club was formed in late 1972. Between 1973 and 1976, the club issued some newsletters which would later evolve into the Club Sandwich newspaper. These early newsletters were either in the form of typed foolscap folio (20.3cm x 33cm) sheets or A5 (14.8cm x 21cm) booklets. Most of these were quite amateurishly done and sent out irregularly. Various MPL employees compiled them, Lucy then Nicky then Sue Cavanaugh, without forgetting Claire who launched the idea of an unofficial Wings fan club, wrote a first unofficial newsletter and contributed to the very first official ones.
My sincere thanks to Andy Weal, one of the early members of the Wings Fun Club, who helped us put together the club’s history and provided copies of some artefacts.
From Record Collector – June 1997:
[…] Club Sandwich grew out of the plain, typewritten newsletters issued by the Wings Fun Club in the early 70s, which itself developed from an unofficial fan club run by a long-forgotten McCartney devotee known only as Lucy. A girl called Claire took over the Wings newsletter in 1973, and with the blessing of McCartney’s MPL company, she launched the Paul McCartney and Wings Fan Club via MPL’s Soho Square address that year. The inaugural issue coincided with the release of “Red Rose Speedway”, and the initial membership fee was just 50p, for which fans were promised a newsletter every four to six weeks.
The first despatches were foolscap-sized, mimeographed affairs. Back in ’73, the innovation of photographs had yet to be adopted, but members were kept informed about such subjects as the James Paul McCartney TV special (the report on which suggested that “The Long And Winding Road” was edited from the final version), the recording of “Red Rose Speedway”, Wings’ first tour, the group’s visit to Marrakesh, plus a candid report on Paul’s bust for growing marijuana plants for which, revealed Claire, the ex-Beatie was fined £100. Early club offers included an exclusive Wings badge, which featured a red bird on a white background. Yours for just 12p.
For the second issue of the newsletter, MPL’s address was replaced with a more discreet P.O. box number, and the title of the organisation was amended on McCartney’s recommendation to Wings Fun Club. Official news was bolstered by fans’ letters and comments, plus a personal ads section in which eager readers requested back issues of The Beatles Book (“will pay 8p per copy”), and McCartney’s soundtrack LP for The Family Way (“will give £1”). Bootleg tapes of Wings’ 1972 university tour were also avidly sought after, and adverts soliciting them were frequently published.
By issue five, the newsletter had become an A5-sized magazine, edited by a surname-free girl called Nicky. It was still produced on the cheap, and although photographs had started to creep in, the magazine remained black-and-white. The editorial content too continued to be frank: after the unexpected departure of Wings’ members, Denny Seiwell and Henry McCulloch, Linda McCartney revealed that there had been “no row” between them and the rest of the group. “We didn’t really know Henry,” she observed, “and he didn’t know us.” The mag proved its point by reporting with some dignity on the deserters’ post-Wings activities. Among the new Club offers was a selection of Wings biros available in red, green, blue, mauve and pink – priced at 6p each.
In 1974, the Fun Club magazine turned more professional-looking, with a glossy, black-and-white cover, and generous offers to buy 10″ x 8″s of Wings’ floating line-up. At this stage, editor Nicky was joined by American MPL employee, Sue Cavanaugh, and to this day, Sue remains – notionally at least – in charge of Club Sandwich.
The last A5 Wings magazine was produced in December 1976, and was stuffed with reports of that year’s American tour, plus a multitude of club offers including a “Helen Wheels” poster at 55p, T-shirts at £1.70, and a trio of tour programmes: Europe 1972 at 30p (now worth £10), U.K. 1975 at 50p (now £25) and U.S.A. 1976 at £1.50 (£30). […]From Record Collector – June 1997
Braille on the back of RRS LP cover means ‘We Love You, Baby’ its a little message to Stevie Wonder …. The Motor bike on the cover of RRS is a Harley Davidson, it doesn’t belong to Paul but was flown over especially for the LP cover, pic taken on Sunday Times roof studio …. Paul & Linda married 12th March ’69 …. Birthdays: Paul 18.6.42, Linda 24.9.41, Denny 29.10.44, Heather 30.12.62, Mary 28.8.69 which makes her 4 not 3 as stated in the last newsletter, Stella 13.9.71 – a special thanks to those of you who sent in cards & presents …. Pat Puchelli drove the Wings bus on the European tour …. Paul is featured on Steve Miller’s old single ‘My Dark Hour’ he’s credited as Paul Ramon (Ram-On) …. Andy Williams has recorded My Love …. Record number of Denny’s single is WIZ 104, it’s released on Tony Secundas Wizard label, not Roy Woods … Helen Wheels – name of Pauls old Landrover …. Wings to make LP with Mike McGear in Dec …. at time of print 2,060 members in Fun Club …. New European film set release at end of the year, Paul helped write the script of the cartoon mice … Denny Seiwell leaves for New York this November …. Twiggy will star in a 90 mins TV musical – the music is written by Paul – Gotta sing, Gotta dance …. Wings came 9th in Melody Maker pop poll for most promising band of ’74 …. Linda is working on a book of Photography.
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