|On July 17th, 1974 Paul McCartney & Wings left the mid-state area after six weeks of rehearsing &
recording in Nashville Tennessee. The McCartney's had rented a 133 acre ranch near Lebanon from
songwriter Curley "Junior" Putnam, who wrote "Green Green Grass Of Home". Most of the time
was spent rehearsing Wings and jamming with local musicians including Chet Atkins, pianist
Floyd Cramer, fiddle player Vasser Clements, banjo player Bobby Thompson & the Cate Sisters.
|Among the tracks recorded was
a song called "Eloise" written
by Paul's father 20 years
earlier. Also recorded was a
"country flavored" song called
"Sally G", written by Paul after
visiting Printers Alley.
He was impressed not only
with Nashville, but the
musicians and the
Sound Shop studio
where he worked, usually
from 6pm to midnight.
|Linda told reporters "One of the best times we had in Nashville was on Paul''s Birthday. I'd bought Paul a
lighter from Rivergate, and in the evening we had a barbeque down on a lake, but the next day, we were
back to rehearsing for possible future tours and recordings. Most of the time we rehearsed in a garage,
next to the house. Among the thirty pieces of luggage loaded when leaving, was a Honda motorcycle.
Paul's immediate plans were to do a follow up album to "Band On The Run" in the near future. "Beyond
that, I don't know. I could for all I know, write a great rock and roll epic. And then I could do nothing"
|During there stay, Paul and Linda visited the new Opryland USA
Theme Park.They attended a fiddle contest, saw Dolly Parton and
Porter Wagoner perform together (the last time, for over a decade),
they see Gordon Stoker (singer with Elvis Presley's backing group
The Jordanaires). Also they frequented there favorite local
restaurant, the Loveless Motel, and a few drive-in movies.
One evening Roy Orbison came over for a supper, cooked by Linda.
|We had great fun using pedal guitars, fiddles and banjo's. The musicians out of Nashville are a great pleasure
to work with because they are so sharp and professional. In an informal press conference held
on the front porch of the ranch Paul said: I came here because Nashville is the music center.
I hope to return sometime in the near future and do an American Tour. If it does develop, there are definite
plans for a Nashville concert. We just couldn't skip Nashville, we have too many friends here.
The trouble is that since I've been here, I've promised a lot of people that I would write songs for them.
It's amazing the people that want songs, like Johnny Cash and Charlie Rich.
You'd think they would have plenty of material but they all tell us, they don't have enough good songs.
|Paul McCartney flew his Wings to Nashville, heart of the country
music scene in the USA, and the world The idea: to have fun, to
rehearse,to record, meet old friends and make new ones, to enjoy,
last but not least,a jolly holiday.
The mission was accomplished and all were achieved.
Denny Laine former singer of the
|Former Beatles member
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