Today is the birthday of Linda McCartney, born this day 1941. Born Linda
Eastman, she first gained notoriety when she married "cute" Beatle Paul
McCartney in 1969. McCartney had been expected to marry Jane Asher, the young
actress he was engaged to, but he wed Linda instead, in a civil ceremony at
London's Marylebone Registry Office. Paul was the last Beatle to be wed.
Immediately after the break up of the Beatles in 1970, Paul McCartney
released McCartney,, which contained the hit "Maybe I'm Amazed."
Linda was co-credited on Paul's next album, Ram , and in 1971 the
husband and wife formed Wings, adding Denny Laine of the Moody Blues on
guitar and Denny Seiwell on drums. Wings released a few albums in the early
70's, but the McCartneys got the most publicity for their single "Give
Ireland Back To the Irish," which was released shortly after British soldiers
killed 13 Irish citizens in the incident later known as "Bloody Sunday."
Critics attacked the single for being naive and trivializing the conflict
between Ireland and England; the song would barely make a stir in today's
political-cause-of-the-week rock scene. In 1973 the McCartney's were involved
in a string of drug busts for possession and the growing of marijuana, and
embarked on their first full scale tour. Paul McCartney wrote and recorded
the theme song for the James Bond flick "Live and Let Die," which would later
be rather oddly covered by Axl Rose. Not stopping for breath, Wings next
recorded Band On The Run , their first platinum-selling album. In the
following years various members left the band and were replaced, but
subsequent albums failed to perform as well as Band On The Run . The
McCartneys continued to perform together with, Linda on keyboards,
occasionally contributing embarrassing back-up vocals. Most recently, Wings
toured the U. S. to sell-out crowds, due to the fact that Paul was singing
lots of Beatles' songs. Today is also the birthday of Gerry Mardsen of Gerry
and the Pacemakers.