Paul McCartney’s “Mary Had a Little Lamb” caused Wings member to quit

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TL; DR:

  • Paul McCartney & Wings released a version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.
  • A member of Wings said that this song was one of the reasons he left the group.
  • He also blamed the band’s wardrobe.

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During his time with Wings, Paul McCartney created a version of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. A member of Wings explained that the cover was one of the reasons he left the group. This musician also spoke about the problem he had with Linda McCartney.

A guitarist didn’t like Linda McCartney as a pianist

Henry McCullough was a guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a member of the Wings in 1972 and 1973. He was also a member of Spooky Tooth and The Grease Band.

In a 2008 interview with heat press, McCullough discussed his time with Wings. “It was a really happy moment, apart from the hiccup in the middle, when I suggested that maybe we could find a better pianist than Linda – I had to back off really quickly,” he recalled. She learned to work with the group.

McCullough’s attitude towards his proposal changed over time. “I was sorry to mention it,” he said. “She was such a beautiful woman, I was so sorry about that. But I wanted a fucking Jerry Lee Lewis!

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Henry McCullough Didn’t Like Paul McCartney & Wings’ ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ or Their Wardrobe

Afterwards, McCullough explained why he left Wings. “I wanted to be the band’s guitarist and I didn’t like having a comedic arrangement like ‘Mary Had A Little Lamb,'” he said. “It’s far from f*****’ John Lee Hooker, you know?

McCullough also criticized Wings’ wardrobe choice. “The stage outfits were all coordinated,” he recalls. “I left Ireland to avoid wearing a tartan jacket. It’s the truth!”

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How Paul McCartney & Wings’ “Mary Had a Little Lamb” performed on the charts in the US and UK

Wings’ “Mary Had a Little Lamb” became a minor hit in the United States. It reached No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, remaining on the chart for seven weeks. Wings released “Mary Had a Little Lamb” on some editions of the album Wildlife. The album reached No. 10 on the Billboard 200remaining on the card for 19 weeks.

Wings’ “Mary Had a Little Lamb” was even more popular in the UK. According to The Official Map Company, the track reached No. 9 in the UK and remained on the chart for 11 weeks. Meanwhile, Wildlife reached No. 11 in the chart and remained there for nine weeks.

“Mary Had a Little Lamb” became a hit even though McCullough was not a fan.

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