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Monday 23 September 2019

McCartney tells of hurt at mockery of Linda's singing

David Lister

A BOOTLEG tape of the late Linda McCartney singing out of tune caused her so much hurt that Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that it was a prime reason for his late...

A BOOTLEG tape of the late Linda McCartney singing out of tune caused her so much hurt that Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that it was a prime reason for his latest project - a documentary on the history of his band Wings.

The tape, isolating Linda McCartney's backing vocals to "Hey Jude" at a concert at Knebworth with sound engineers laughing, has been passed round the music industry for years.

Sir Paul has now released a double greatest hits CD Wingspan and an accompanying TV documentary, in which he is interviewed by his daughter Mary about the creation of the group and its chart success.

But in an interview to be published in Mojo magazine later this week, Sir Paul says that a major motivation for the whole exercise was to exorcise the humiliation of that tape and the criticism of Linda that resulted. He says of the CD/documentary: "The great thing is, it vindicates Linda. I know she wanted to do the Wingspan thing. She knew that if it was laid out correctly, people would get the idea. With all the slagging off she got, like the famous Knebworth tape.

"The truth is she was doing this (he stands and raises his hands above his head to clap). She was the big cheerleader. But you don't see the visual. You just hear this out-of-tune-voice, and I know she always wanted the record put straight. And this does.

"You see her playing. And you hear her singing beautifully."

Sir Paul also talks in the interview about his relationship with John Lennon. He shows, not for the first time, his resentment at the stereotyping of Lennon as the working-class Beatle.

"Everyone thought John was the hard, working-class hero. As you know, if you look at his house, he was actually the middle-class one from Woolton. We were the scruffs. He had the full works of Winston Churchill. Nobody any of us knew had that," said McCartney.

But he also speaks tenderly of his reconciliation with Lennon shortly before the latter's murder.

"It's one of the great blessings of my life that during the last year we made it up," he said.

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