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 Linda McCartney and 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]

"Seaside Woman" was the first song Linda wrote, in response to a lawsuit by Northern Songs and Maclen Music alleging Paul violated an exclusive rights agreement by collaborating on the song "Another Day", which had the effect of transferring a 50% share of the publishing royalties to his own McCartney Music company.[1] According to a 1974 interview with Linda,[2] 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.'" The lawsuit, which alleged that Linda's co-writing credits were inauthentic and that she was not a real songwriter, was "amicably settled," according to an ATV spokesman, in June 1972.[3]

Wings first performed "Seaside Woman" during the Wings University Tour in February 1972.[4] On July 14, during their Wings Over Europe Tour, a show in France was cancelled, so the band recorded an early version of "Seaside Woman" at EMI Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris.[4] The released version was recorded later by Wings during the Red Rose Speedway sessions in November 1972.

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.[5] The B-side, "B-Side to Seaside", was written by Paul and Linda McCartney and recorded by the McCartneys (without Wings) in March 1977.[6] Two years later, "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. ^ "McCartney and Wife Sued on 'Another Day' Recording". The New York Times. July 23, 1971. 
  2. ^ Gambaccini, Paul "The RS Interview: Paul McCartney". Rolling Stone, January 31, 1974. Retrieved May 14, 2007.
  3. ^ Brian Southall and Rupert Perry, Northern Songs: The True Story of The Beatles' Song Publishing Empire (2007).
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Label for US and UK releases.
  6. ^ http://www.macca-central.com/albums/wideprairie/index.php - see details tag by song: Recorded 16/3/77 Abbey Road Studios, London