Recording "Mary Had A Little Lamb"

Monday, March 27, 1972 • For Wings

Part of

"Red Rose Speedway" sessions at Olympic Studios

Mar 19 - Apr 04, 1972 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Red Rose Speedway

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Mary Had A Little Lamb / Little Woman Love (UK) 7" Single.
Olympic Sound Studios, London

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On this day, Paul McCartney and Wings started the recording of “Mary Had A Little Lamb“, which would be released as their second non-album single. Not much is known about the recording and mixing of the track.

Paul and Linda’s daughters, Heather and Mary, participated in the la-la-la-la chorus.

[The session] was musically interesting, we had a lot of fun during the recording and in the coda!

Denny Seiwell – Interview by Luca Perasi, from “Paul McCartney – Recording Sessions (1969 – 2013)” by Luca Perasi

I suggested we put bongos through a wah-wah pedal. Paul just said, ‘Oh, OK’, and Glyn was fine about it, so we went ahead and did it, with me operating the pedal by hand in the control room

Phil Chapman – From “The Great British Recording Studios” by Howard Massey, 2015

Last updated on May 8, 2022

Songs recorded


Musicians on "Mary Had A Little Lamb"

Paul McCartney:
Recorder ?, Piano, Bass ?, Vocals, Percussion, Backing vocals
Linda McCartney:
Backing vocals, Vocals, Maracas ?, Moog ?
Denny Laine:
Bass ?, Electric guitar, Backing vocals
Henry McCullough:
Backing vocals, Electric guitar, Mandolin
Denny Seiwell:
Xylophone ?, Percussion, Backing vocals, Recorder ?, Drums
Heather McCartney:
Backing vocals
Mary McCartney:
Backing vocals

Production staff

Paul McCartney:
Glyn Johns:
Recording engineer
Phil Ault:
Assistant recording engineer

Going further

Paul McCartney: Music Is Ideas. The Stories Behind the Songs (Vol. 1) 1970-1989

With 25 albums of pop music, 5 of classical – a total of around 500 songs – released over the course of more than half a century, Paul McCartney's career, on his own and with Wings, boasts an incredible catalogue that's always striving to free itself from the shadow of The Beatles. The stories behind the songs, demos and studio recordings, unreleased tracks, recording dates, musicians, live performances and tours, covers, events: Music Is Ideas Volume 1 traces McCartney's post-Beatles output from 1970 to 1989 in the form of 346 song sheets, filled with details of the recordings and stories behind the sessions. Accompanied by photos, and drawing on interviews and contemporary reviews, this reference book draws the portrait of a musical craftsman who has elevated popular song to an art-form.

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Eight Arms to Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium

We owe a lot to Chip Madinger and Mark Easter for the creation of those session pages, but you really have to buy this book to get all the details!

Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium is the ultimate look at the careers of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr beyond the Beatles. Every aspect of their professional careers as solo artists is explored, from recording sessions, record releases and tours, to television, film and music videos, including everything in between. From their early film soundtrack work to the officially released retrospectives, all solo efforts by the four men are exhaustively examined.

As the paperback version is out of print, you can buy a PDF version on the authors' website

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