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HERE is Sir Paul Mc­Cart­ney as you’ve never seen him be­fore. These pre­vi­ously un­pub­lished pic­tures show Macca and his late wife Linda with Wings, the band he formed in the bit­ter af­ter­math of the Bea­tles split and which took him back to the top of the charts.

The re­laxed, in­ti­mate snap­shots were taken at record­ing ses­sions for the first two Wings al­bums, 1971’s Wild Life and 1973’s Red Rose Speed­way, and at the live shows that fol­lowed.

“I had known noth­ing but the Bea­tles since I was 16,” Paul re­calls. “Now I was in un­charted ter­ri­tory. And in­stead of wor­ry­ing about it, we just thought, ‘Well, so what? No one’s got a map. We don’t need one! No one’s ever had a map for a band.

“I loved mu­sic too much to think of stop­ping.” Re­cruit­ing Linda on key­boards and back­ing vo­cals out­raged fans who un­justly blamed her for break­ing up the Fab Four.

“I was sit­ting in bed with Linda, turned to her and said, ‘Do you fancy be­ing in a band?’” the star re­calls. “She looked a lit­tle non­plussed and said, ‘Yeah, OK’.”

At the time Sir Paul ex­plained: “She was the main help for me on the al­bums... She was there ev­ery day help­ing on har­monies. It’s like you write mil­lions of love songs and fi­nally when you’re in love you’d kind of like to write one for the per­son you’re in love with.

“All this busi­ness about get­ting Linda in the billing was just a way of say­ing, ‘Lis­ten, I don’t care what you think, this is what I think. I’m putting her right up there with me’.”

Sir Paul first met New York photographer Linda East­man at a Georgie Fame con­cert at Soho’s Bag O’Nails club in May 1967. “I knew I wanted to marry her about a year later,” he said. “We both thought it a bit crazy...and we also thought it’d be a gas.” They wed at Maryle­bone Reg­is­ter Of­fice in March 1969.

He had taught Linda to play key­boards for his sec­ond solo al­bum Ram be­fore form­ing Wings with gui­tarist Denny Laine from the Moody Blues and US ses­sion drum­mer Denny Sei­well. He what he was do­ing. “When D said ‘Right, come on then!’” sleazy base­ment in the New his best Ringo Starr im­press work, lots of tom-toms...”

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STRIKE A POSE: The band hav­ing fun dur­ing a tour in Spain in June 1972

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