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Zoo Gang

Written by Paul McCartneyLinda McCartney Instrumental

Album This song officially appears on the Band On The Run / Zoo Gang 7" Single.
Timeline This song has been officially released in 1974

Related sessions

This song has been recorded during the following studio sessions


"Zoo Gang" session

Apr 25, 1973


Mixing "Zoo Gang"

May 14, 1973

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Song facts

From Wikipedia:

Zoo Gang” is a song composed by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Paul McCartney & Wings.

It was recorded on 25 April 1973 and was released on 28 June 1974 as the B-side of the “Band on the Run” single in the United Kingdom. “Zoo Gang” was the theme song to the short-lived television programme The Zoo Gang. In 1993, “Zoo Gang” was included as a bonus track on the re-issue of the album Venus and Mars on compact disc as part of The Paul McCartney Collection. It was the song’s first appearance on an album. It was later released on all editions of the 2010 re-release of Band on the Run.

I have a vinyl single which I received from a London-based Fun Club member around December 1974 and has puzzled me ever since. The A-side is the same rendition of ‘Zoo Gang’ as the B-side of the UK single ‘Band On The Run’, the reverse is a very similar sounding instrumental entitled ‘Monkey Business’. The artist name on the disc is Jungle Juice and it is pressed on the Bradley Records label. I think that the recording is definitely Paul McCartney but has never appeared in any discography. Please could you shed some light on this?

Oliver Dziggel, Bethesda, MD, USA

Thanks to your letter, Oliver, we’ve done some digging and got to the bottom of an issue which has been intriguing collectors for years. The story goes like this: Sir Lew Grade’s television company ITC was making a new adventure serial called The Zoo Gang, based on Paul Gallico’s book of the same name. Through their then music publishing connections, Grade asked the McCartneys to compose the instrumental theme music to start and close each programme in the six-part series. Paul and Linda duly wrote the piece and recorded it. Good though it is, however, it wasn’t really appropriate as the A-side of Wings’ next single – it would have followed ‘Jet’ and been decidedly out of place – so Paul said he’d release it as the B-side of his next British 45, ‘Band On The Run’. But this wasn’t scheduled until 28 June, by which time the TV series (screened 5 April to 10 May 1974) would have finished, so Sir Lew ordered that some session musicians quickly be recruited to make another recording of the theme. Tony Hiller produced the session and Colin Frechter, a musical arranger of note on the London scene, played the all-important keyboard part. The anonymous band was named – for want of anything better – Jungle Juice and the single, issued on Grade’s own label, Bradley’s Records, was rush-released on 24 May, still late but five weeks ahead of Wings’ own version. The really astonishing part is the great similarity of the two different recordings – they are almost impossible to tell apart -which is why many fans have clamoured for a copy of the Jungle Juice 45 in the mistaken belief that it’s really a pseudonym for Paul himself and that it is his recording. It’s not.

From Club Sandwich N°78, Summer 1996

Last updated on September 9, 2020

Officially appears on


Band On The Run / Zoo Gang

7" Single • Released in 1974

1:59 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Accordion (?), Bass, Drums (?), Keyboards (?), Producer
Linda McCartney :
Keyboards (?)
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer
Denny Seiwell :
Drums (?)
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Recording engineer
Andy Arthurs :
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 25, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
May 14, 1973
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Venus And Mars (1993)

Official album • Released in 1993

2:03 • Studio versionA1993 • 1993 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Accordion (?), Bass, Drums (?), Keyboards (?), Producer
Linda McCartney :
Keyboards (?)
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer
Denny Seiwell :
Drums (?)
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Recording engineer
Andy Arthurs :
Assistant mixing engineer
Peter Mew :
Remastering

Session Recording:
Apr 25, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
May 14, 1973
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


The Music Of ITC

Official album • Released in 2009

Studio version • Main Titles


The Music Of ITC

Official album • Released in 2009

Studio version • Closing Titles


Band On The Run - Archive Collection

Official album • Released in 2010

2:02 • Studio versionA2010 • 2010 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Accordion (?), Bass, Drums (?), Keyboards (?), Producer
Linda McCartney :
Keyboards (?)
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer
Denny Seiwell :
Drums (?)
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Recording engineer
Andy Arthurs :
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 25, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
May 14, 1973
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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

Bootlegs


Alone Together Vol.1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

1:08 • Studio version • Alternate Version 1


Alone Together Vol.1

Unofficial album • Released in 2014

0:35 • Studio version • Alternate Version 2


MoMac's Hidden Tracks Vol. 6

Unofficial album

0:32 • Studio version


B-Sides Complete Vol. 1

Unofficial album • Released in 2000

1:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Accordion (?), Bass, Drums (?), Keyboards (?), Producer
Linda McCartney :
Keyboards (?)
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer
Denny Seiwell :
Drums (?)
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Recording engineer
Andy Arthurs :
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 25, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
May 14, 1973
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


UK Singles Collection - Volume 01

Unofficial album • Released in 2007

1:58 • Studio versionA

Paul McCartney :
Accordion (?), Bass, Drums (?), Keyboards (?), Producer
Linda McCartney :
Keyboards (?)
Denny Laine :
Electric guitar (?)
Henry McCullough :
Electric guitar (?)
Geoff Emerick :
Mixing engineer
Denny Seiwell :
Drums (?)
Mark Vigars :
Assistant recording engineer
Alan Parsons :
Recording engineer
Andy Arthurs :
Assistant mixing engineer

Session Recording:
Apr 25, 1973
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
May 14, 1973
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK

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


Live performances

Paul McCartney has never played this song in concert.


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