Mary Had A Little Lamb / Little Woman Love (UK)

By Wings7" Single • Part of the collection “Paul McCartney • Singles

UK release date:
May 12, 1972
US release date:
May 29, 1972
Publisher:
Apple Records
Reference:
R 5949 (UK) / 1851 (US)

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions





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Track list

Side 1


1.

Mary Had A Little Lamb

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

3:32 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Percussion, Piano, Producer, Recorder (?), Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Maracas (?), Moog (?), Vocals
Denny Laine :
Backing vocals, Bass (?), Electric guitar
Henry McCullough :
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Mandolin
Denny Seiwell :
Backing vocals, Drums, Percussion, Recorder (?), Xylophone (?)
Heather McCartney :
Backing vocals
Glyn Johns :
Recording engineer
Mary McCartney :
Backing vocals
Phil Ault :
Assistant recording engineer

Session Recording:
Mar 27, 1972
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

Side 2


1.

Little Woman Love

Written by Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney

2:09 • Studio versionA • Stereo

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Percussion (?), Piano, Producer, Vocals
Linda McCartney :
Backing vocals, Producer
Denny Seiwell :
Drums, Percussion
Tony Clark :
Mixing engineer
Tim Geelan :
Recording engineer
Ted Brosnan :
Assistant recording engineer
Milt Hinton :
Double bass
John Leckie :
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Nov 13, 1970
Studio :
CBS Studios, New York City

Session Overdubs:
Jan 21, 1971
Studio :
A&R Studios, New York City

Session Mixing:
Nov 10, 1971
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Credits & recording details courtesy of Luca Perasi • Buy Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013) on Amazon

About

Mary Had a Little Lamb / Little Woman Love” was Wings’ second non-album single (Wings’ first non-album single was “Give Ireland Back To The Irish“, released in February 1972).

Originally scheduled for the 5th, the Wings’ single ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb’/‘Little Woman Love’ is released in the UK. Described by Paul and Linda as “A song for spring to make people happy,” its EMI release number comes exactly 1,000 singles after The Beatles’ début ‘Love Me Do’ in October 1962. (The American release takes place on May 29.)

From Badman, Keith. The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After The Break-Up 1970-2001 . Music Sales. Kindle Edition.

The illustrations used on the front and back sleeves, as well as on the 7″ disc, were created by Clara Miller Burd (1873-1933).

Anecdote: the Parlophone catalogue number (R 5949) is exactly one thousand higher than the Beatles’ first Parlophone single “Love Me Do” which was R 4949.


Ad – From Record Mirror, May 6, 1972
Ad – From Record Mirror, May 20, 1972
Ad from Billboard magazine, June 03, 1972
From Twitter – Poster made from this original 1972 Wings ad.

Mother Goose helped write the “A” side; the nursery rhyme we all know and love gets a bouncy treatment. Flip is a “Lady Madonna”-ish rocker. Both will fly.

From Cashbox Magazine – June 17, 1972
From Cashbox Magazine – June 17, 1972

Wings’ ‘Little Lamb’

OUT tomorrow (Friday) is a new single follow-up to Paul McCartney’s “Give Ireland Back To The Irish.” By Paul’s Wings group, the topside is titled “Mary Had A Little Lamb,” described by Paul and wife Linda as “A song for Spring to make people feel happy.” The flip is a bluesy rocker with rolling piano and Paul shouting the vocals.

From Melody Maker, May 6, 1972
From Melody Maker, May 6, 1972

Last updated on May 31, 2022

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