Seaside Woman

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"Seaside Woman"
Single by Suzy and the Red Stripes
B-side "B-Side to Seaside"
Released 31 May 1977 (US)
10 August 1979 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded AIR Studios, London
November 1972
Genre Reggae
Length 3:36
Label Epic (US)
A&M (UK)
Writer(s) Linda McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney

"Seaside Woman" is a 1977 single by Wings released under pseudonym Suzy and the Red Stripes. It charted at #59 in the US but did not chart in the UK.

History[edit]

According to an 1974 interview with Linda,[1] she wrote the song during a McCartney family visit to Jamaica in 1971 "when ATV was suing us saying I was incapable of writing, so Paul said, 'Get out and write a song.'"

Wings first performed "Seaside Woman" during the Wings University Tour in February 1972.[2] It was then recorded by Wings during the Red Rose Speedway sessions later in 1972. On 14 July, during their tour of Europe, a show was cancelled, so the band recorded a version of "Seaside Woman" in France, at EMI Pathe Marconi Studios.[2]

Release[edit]

The single was first released five years after the recording, in 1977, on Epic in the US, due to the efforts of Epic's Steve Popovich, who was given label credit for mastering the original single.[3] The B-side, "B-Side to Seaside", was written by Paul and Linda McCartney and recorded by the McCartneys (without Wings) in March 1977.[4] Two years after that, "Seaside Woman" was released by A&M Records in the UK in a regular version, which featured diagonal red stripes on the cover and circular ones on the label, and a special "boxed" version with 10 "saucy" seaside-style postcards. In 1986, a remixed version was released by EMI on 7" and an extended 12" version.

Both sides of the single were later included on Linda McCartney's posthumous album Wide Prairie.

Personnel[edit]

Cartoon[edit]

"Seaside Woman" was turned into a cartoon short by Oscar Grillo in 1980. It depicts a young Jamaican girl and her loving parents who tend the fishing lines in Jamaica. The film won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. The cartoon was released (along with The Oriental Nightfish) on the VHS issue of Rupert and the Frog Song. It was re-released on DVD in 2004 (this time without The Oriental Nightfish) on Tales of Wonder: Music and Animation Classics.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gambaccini, Paul "The RS Interview: Paul McCartney". Rolling Stone, January 31, 1974. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
  2. ^ a b Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, ed. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076. 
  3. ^ Label for US and UK releases.
  4. ^ http://www.macca-central.com/albums/wideprairie/index.php - see details tag by song: Recorded 16/3/77 Abbey Road Studios, London