Junior's Farm

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"Junior's Farm"
Single by Paul McCartney and Wings
B-side "Sally G"
Released 25 October 1974
Format 7" single
Recorded June - July 1974
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 4:20 (Single)
3:03 (Radio edit)
Label Apple Records
Writer(s) Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney and Wings singles chronology
"Band on the Run"
(1974)
"Junior's Farm"
(1974)
"Listen to What the Man Said"
(1975)
Alternative covers
Italian single cover

"Junior's Farm" is a song written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Paul McCartney and Wings. It was a number 3 hit single in the United States.[1]

Writing and release[edit]

It was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1974, while the band was staying at the farm of Curly Putman Jr., which accounts for the title.

The song continued McCartney and Wings' success after the Band on the Run album. It made number 16 on the United Kingdom charts.[2]

A special full-colour photo was taken for this single's picture sleeve, which featured the members of Wings dressed in appropriate costumes from the song's lyrics (for example, Geoff Britton as a poker dealer and Denny Laine as the "Eskimo"). However, the photo only appeared on the picture sleeve of the single in Spain. In the UK and the US, Apple Records released the single without any picture sleeve, apparently as a cost-reduction move. In some other countries in Europe, a black-and-white band photo was used instead (see alternative cover).

This was the last Wings (or McCartney) release on Apple Records.

B-side and later release[edit]

The B-side, "Sally G", was also a Top 20 hit on the US charts, peaking at number 17. "Junior's Farm" was later released on the McCartney/Wings compilation Wings Greatest in 1978 and the US version of All the Best! in 1987, although it was not on the UK edition of the latter album. The 3-minute radio edit of the song was included on the Wingspan: Hits and History compilation. "Sally G" was released in 1993 as a bonus track on Wings at the Speed of Sound in The Paul McCartney Collection. Both songs are now remastered and featured on the Hear-Music version of Venus And Mars that came out in November 2014.

Cover versions[edit]

In 1994, "Junior's Farm" was covered by Lee Harvey Oswald Band on their album A Taste of Prison.
In 1996, "Junior's Farm" was covered by Galactic Cowboys on their Feel the Rage E.P.
In 2014, "Junior's Farm" was covered by Steve Miller on The Art of McCartney covers album.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 13 October 2011.