Walking In The Park With Eloise

Written by Jim McCartney Instrumental

Album This song officially appears on the Walking In The Park With Eloise / Bridge On The River Suite 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1974

Song facts

From eil.com:

In downtime from a mid 70s Wings Nashville recording session the idea was mooted of an album of Macca songs that had been left off previous albums or had yet to find a home. ‘Walking In The Park With Eloise’ was recorded around this time (with a view to going on the album) and was said to be inspired by a conversation between Chet Atkins (who plays on the record) and Paul McCartney about their respective fathers. With that in mind Paul duly dusted off this jazz/twenties inspired ditty which was actually written by his father James ‘Jim’ McCartney – he must have been attached to the song as years later Paul chose it as one of his Desert Island Discs.

While in Nashville we recorded about five tracks… one is a song written by Paul’s dad called “Walking In The Park With Eloise”, just music. When Paul was a little boy, about 10, even younger, he remembers sitting at the foot of the piano while his dad was playing this song. We were having dinner with Chet Atkins, the guitar player, one night in Nashville, and Paul had being playing a lot of his music for Chet and he said, “here, here’s one that my dad wrote long time ago” – and he started playing it.

Chet got talking to Paul, saying that the song should be recorded and that would be nice for his dad and so on. We thought, why not? So we got Chet playing on it and Floyd Cramer the piano player and Chet himself got together a nice little band called Country Hams with lots of other Nashville people. So there’s this single called “Walking In The Park With Eloise” by Country Hams coming out on EMI in a couple of weeks.

Linda McCartney – Interview with Sounds, October 5, 1974

Officially appears on


Walking In The Park With Eloise / Bridge On The River Suite

7" Single • Released in 1974

3:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Washboard
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar
Geoff Britton :
Drums
Ernie Winfrey :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Bill Puitt :
Clarinet
Chet Atkins :
Electric guitar
Floyd Cramer :
Piano
Denis Good :
Trombone
Bobby Thompson :
Banjo
Don Sheffield :
Trumpet

Session Recording:
Jul 16, 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Walking In The Park With Eloise / Bridge On The River Suite (1982)

7" Single • Released in 1982

3:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Washboard
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar
Geoff Britton :
Drums
Ernie Winfrey :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Bill Puitt :
Clarinet
Chet Atkins :
Electric guitar
Floyd Cramer :
Piano
Denis Good :
Trombone
Bobby Thompson :
Banjo
Don Sheffield :
Trumpet

Session Recording:
Jul 16, 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Wings At The Speed Of Sound (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

3:13 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Washboard
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar
Geoff Britton :
Drums
Ernie Winfrey :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Bill Puitt :
Clarinet
Peter Mew :
Remastering
Chet Atkins :
Electric guitar
Floyd Cramer :
Piano
Denis Good :
Trombone
Bobby Thompson :
Banjo
Don Sheffield :
Trumpet

Session Recording:
Jul 16, 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Venus And Mars - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2014

3:09 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Washboard
Denny Laine :
Acoustic guitar
Geoff Britton :
Drums
Ernie Winfrey :
Mixing engineer, Recording engineer
Bill Puitt :
Clarinet
Chet Atkins :
Electric guitar
Floyd Cramer :
Piano
Denis Good :
Trombone
Bobby Thompson :
Banjo
Don Sheffield :
Trumpet

Session Recording:
Jul 16, 1974
Studio :
Soundshop Recording Studios, Nashville, USA

Ethel & Ernest (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Official album • Released in 2016

2:19 • Studio versionB

Carl Davis :
Conductor, String arranger
Jeremy Murphy :
Additional mixer
Chris Egan :
Producer
The Chamber Orchestra Of London :
Strings
Huw Watkins :
Piano
Steven Price :
Recording engineer
Mixing engineer :
Trystan francis
Briony Allen :
Additional mixer

Session Recording:
May 2016
Studio :
Angel Studios, Islington, London, UK

The 7” Singles Box

7" Single • Released in 2022

2:19 • Studio versionB

Carl Davis :
Conductor, String arranger
Jeremy Murphy :
Additional mixer
Chris Egan :
Producer
The Chamber Orchestra Of London :
Strings
Huw Watkins :
Piano
Steven Price :
Recording engineer
Mixing engineer :
Trystan francis
Briony Allen :
Additional mixer

Session Recording:
May 2016
Studio :
Angel Studios, Islington, London, UK

Bootlegs



B-Sides Complete Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

3:07 • Studio version


UK Singles Collection - Volume 01

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

3:09 • Studio version


Wings Promo Edit Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2013

3:13 • Studio version • promo mono


Venus And Mars - Ultimate Archive Collection

Unofficial album • Released in 2015

3:09 • Studio version

Latest concerts where Walking In The Park With Eloise has been played

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.

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