As we feature LIVE songs from Sir Paul and broadcast LIVE from Yankee Stadium, here are two songs written about his first wife. But Paul only wrote one of them!
Both of these hit songs, which were written over thirty years apart, were composed for Linda Louise Eastman McCartney. The first, simply called “Linda,” was written for her while she was a little girl.
Her father, Lee Eastman, was one of the top show-business lawyers in the country. In 1942, a client named Jack Lawrence (a songwriter) owed him some legal fees. Eastman suggested an easy way for Lawrence to pay his bill… write a song dedicated to his young daughter!
The tune would be published through an Eastman-controlled company, and the royalties would offset Lawrence’s debt. It was a good deal all around, and Lawrence wrote “Linda” as his part of the bargain.
Lawrence was in the army at the time so “Linda” didn’t get published until 1946. The next year it took off like a rocket, becomings a Top 10 hit twice: first for Charlie Spivak and then for the Ray Noble Orchestra (with Buddy Clark singing).
Linda was too young to know she had become famous when the song was first released. But when [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jan and Dean[/lastfm] remade it in 1963, she was twenty-one. Their version reached the national Top 30. The album on which it was included was entitled Jan and Dean Take Linda Surfing.
Jan and Dean “Linda”
A few years later, while Linda was working as a receptionist at Town and Country magazine, she wangled her way onto the boat where a press party was being held for the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Rolling Stones[/lastfm]. Her photographs, the only ones from the event, won her fame as a photographer. Thereafter, the door was opened for her to associate with and take photos of other rock stars, including the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Doors[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan [/lastfm] and[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”] Otis Redding[/lastfm]. She dated Hendrix, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Mick Jagger[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jim Morrison[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Neil Young [/lastfm] and others, but had not yet found the love of her life.
In 1967, while in London to photograph [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Steve Winwood’s[/lastfm] group, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Traffic[/lastfm], she met Beatle [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm].
On March 12, 1969, Paul and Linda were married. Heather, Linda’s daughter from her first marriage, served as the bridesmaid.
Judging by all reports, their marriage was a very happy one, both personally and professionally. Linda joined Paul as part of his band [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Wings[/lastfm], and Paul joined Linda as an animal rights activist.
Finally, in 1973, Linda had a second hit song written for her. “My Love,” which husband Paul described as a “smootchy ballad” about his wife, was McCartney’s second #1 song after splitting from the Beatles. It was also included on the Wings album Red Rose Speedway.
Paul McCartney “My Love”
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Linda McCartney[/lastfm] died in 1998, from breast cancer, at the age of 56.
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