Recording "Mary Had A Little Lamb"

Monday, March 27, 1972 • For Wings

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

Songs recorded


Musicians on "Mary Had A Little Lamb"

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

Production staff

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


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
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