Live And Let Down

James Paul McCartney will always be remembered for being the other half of the most inspirational song writing partnerships of the twentieth century rather than his involvement in vegetarianism, saving the seals, or for that matter… Wings. It could be said that the basis of his own music through Wings, was merely a back catalogue of all the styles of music that he wanted to have played whilst a member of The Beatles, but couldn’t due to the dominating forces of John Lennon. Being the ultimate pleaser, even as a child growing up after losing his mother very young, he was the do gooder of the band when Lennon’s short temper and head strong character would rise over the other four with the greatest of ease. Through marrying Linda Eastman, an American divorcee with one daughter in 1969, a year before the Beatles split, he connected to the American train of thought quickly and thus was able to introduce his solo music to the American public with the same easiness. speed dating

It’s definitely a real asset when you’re an ex Beatle. Even Ringo Starr’s short solo career was still well received even though he really couldn’t sing and all he could do was play drums, primitively, yet still, the public went wild, simply because he was an ex Beatle. So, can we put McCartney in the same category? Obviously his previous musical history with one of the greatest bands in the world did have its advantages, and so we must then ask is it fair to say that still, Paul owes and owed in Wings, his entire career to John Lennon? I guess, he certainly did play a big part in it…and beside, they did have an enormous connection after The Beatles; they both married women how couldn’t sing a note…

In the same vein, both wives had taken fifty per cent of the credit for their husbands’ talents. Either wife did actually very little other than a few bits of percussion and backing vocals, but they were both solid Trojan horses pushing each husband from behind. Forming Wings with wife and Denny Laine, a former Moody Blues guitarist, they embarked on a quiet tour around colleges and local towns, believing that the aim was to start small. It was at this that we can see McCartney fully aware of not wanting to be seen riding on the back of the success of The Beatles, but yet, hoping, in a humbling sort of way, to be accepted and appreciated by new fans and public without listening to shouts from the crowd of ‘Where’s John?’ These small town venues were probably a wise move. The McCartney’s already professional and self promotional in their own right and each move form there on in was going to be calculated and an organised manoeuvre.


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