McCartney May: Paul & Linda McCartney


Paul McCartney’s love life does still make headlines today, but since Linda was his first wife and worked together musically with Paul, I figured we’d focus on both their love story and the actual single.

As Paul remembers, “The night Linda and I met, I spotted her across a crowded club, and although I would normally have been nervous chatting her up, I realised I had to … Pushiness worked for me that night“. Linda said this about their meeting: “I was quite shameless really. I was with somebody else [that night] … and I saw Paul at the other side of the room. He looked so beautiful that I made up my mind I would have to pick him up“.

The pair married in 1969. About their relationship, Paul said, “We had a lot of fun together … just the nature of how we are, our favourite thing really is to just hang, to have fun. And Linda’s very big on just following the moment“. He added, “We were crazy. We had a big argument the night before we got married, and it was nearly called off … [it’s] miraculous that we made it. But we did”.

The two collaborated musically after the Beatles’ break-up, forming Wings in 1971. They faced derision from some fans and critics, who questioned her inclusion. She was nervous about performing with Paul. Paul defended her musical ability: “I taught Linda the basics of the keyboard … She took a couple of lessons and learned some bluesy things … she did very well and made it look easier than it was … The critics would say, ‘She’s not really playing’ or ‘Look at her—she’s playing with one finger.’ But what they didn’t know is that sometimes she was playing a thing called a Minimoog, which could only be played with one finger. It was monophonic“.

They had four children—Linda’s daughter Heather (legally adopted by Paul), Mary, Stella and James—and remained married until Linda’s death from breast cancer in 1998.

“Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” is a song by Paul and Linda McCartney from the album Ram. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1971, making it the first of a string of post-Beatles, McCartney-penned singles to top the US pop chart during the 1970s and 1980s. Billboard ranked it number 22 on its Top Pop Singles of 1971 year-end chart.

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Side One

Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey

Side Two

Too Many People

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