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ON THIS DAY: WINGS CONCERT THE GAUMONT, SOUTHAMPTON

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Wings took almost two years off after completing their UK tour in 1973 on July 10th in Newcastle. In the intervening years there were several changes in band personal (original Wings drummer Denny Seiwell was replaced by Geoffry Britton and then by Joe English and guitarist Henry McCollough was replaced by Jimmy McCulloch).
Trips to Lagos, Nigeria, Nashville and New Orleans would yield two critically acclaimed LPs Band On The Run and Venus And Mars. In 1975 Wings scheduled and began rehearsing for what would be their first world tour and what would be one of the biggest rock and roll tours to date.
McCartney catered the show to the current demands of arena rock, something which the early Wings tours eschewed even though McCartney had a hand in creating the phenomena with the Beatles in the first place.
Two album’s worth of new material was rehearsed, some older solo and Wings tunes, and a couple of Beatle tunes for the first time. The setlist was designed the current trend to have an acoustic set in the middle along with the massive sound and light show and, for the first time, playing with a full horn section.
The first date on this massive tour was on September 9th at the 2,300 capacity Gaumont Theater in Southampton.

This was the 1st concert played at Gaumont Theatre.

Southampton, Tuesday, September 9, 1975  

Setlist for the concert

1.Venus And Mars
2.Rock Show
3.Jet
4.Let Me Roll It
5.Spirits of Ancient Egypt
6.Little Woman Love
7.C Moon
8.Maybe I’m Amazed
9.Lady Madonna
10.The Long And Winding Road
11.Medicine Jar
12.Soily
13.Picasso’s Last Words (Drink To Me)
14.Richard Cory
15.Bluebird
16.I’ve Just Seen A Face
17.Blackbird
18.Yesterday
19.You Gave Me The Answer
20.Magneto And Titanium Man
21.Go Now
22.Junior’s Farm
23.Letting Go
24.Live And Let Die
25.Call Me Back Again
26.My Love
27.Listen To What The Man Said



PAUL MCCARTNEY ADMITS THAT SECRET SWEARY MESSAGE IS HIDDEN IN “SUN KING”

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The Beatles slipped swearing on to the album Abbey Road as joke, Paul McCartney has admitted.
Among the English and schoolboy-Spanish lyrics on the song Sun King is the phrase “chica ferdy.”

Paul explained on his website that kids in Liverpool, where he grew up, would say “chica ferdy” instead of “f*** off”.
“It actually exists in the lyrics of The Beatles song ‘Sun King’.
“In that song we just kind of made up things, and we were all in on the joke. We were thinking that nobody would know what it meant, and most people would think, ‘Oh, it must be Spanish,’ or something.’
“But, we got a little seditious word in there!” He added: “When you are kids you make up silly things, and what’s great about it is you and your friends all know those silly things… So, they don’t have to mean anything!
“We had a few words and phrases that, if one of us said it, would amuse the others because it was like a secret code. But I suppose at lot of this came from The Goon Show, a comedy show on the radio.
“We just used to say absolutely silly little things.”

Abbey Road, released six months before the band’s 1970 split, was a huge hit.


YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER – SLANG WORDS

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Ever find yourself listening to one of Paul’s songs and hearing a word or phrase you don’t recognise? With hundreds of songwriting credits under his belt, Paul is no stranger to sneaking in some Liverpool slang, playing on words, and even making up words entirely! But what do they actually mean?

We dug through the archives here at PaulMcCartney.com and spotted a few ourselves, from the famous run-out groove on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to ‘Mumbo’ on Wild Life and ‘cranlock navel, cranlock pie’ in the Blackbird Singing poem ‘Ivan’. We chatted to Paul via Zoom to find out exactly where these unusual phrases come from…

Paul: When you are kids you make up silly things, and what’s great about it is you and your friends all know those silly things… So, they don’t have to mean anything! We had a few words and phrases that, if one of us said it, would amuse the others because it was like a secret code. So ‘cranlock naval, cranlock pie’ doesn’t actually mean anything.

But I suppose at lot of this came from The Goon Show, a comedy show on the radio. Peter Sellers was in it, along with Spike Milligan, Harry Secombe and Michael Bentine. They got laughs from saying things like, “Netty, oh Jim boy!” And other nonsense, so ‘cranlock naval, cranlock pie’ fitted in with that era. We just used to say absolutely silly little things.

PM.com: Was ‘cranlock pie’ used in any particular context, or is it just something you would say to make each other laugh?

Paul: That was something that our friend Ivan would say. He’d be imitating stuff that John would say, and then everyone would just make up things together.

There was a thing in Liverpool that us kids used to do, which was instead of saying ‘f-off’, we would say ‘chicka ferdy!’. It actually exists in the lyrics of The Beatles song ‘Sun King’. In that song we just kind of made up things, and we were all in on the joke. We were thinking that nobody would know what it meant, and most people would think, ‘Oh, it must be Spanish,’ or something. But, we got a little seditious word in there!


PAUL MCCARTNEY AND NANCY IN THE HAMPTONS

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Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell during their summer break with their sailing boat out in upmarket Long Island resort The Hamptons, near New York.

Last month, the couple – who married nine years ago – were seen in face marks as they walked hand in hand in the area where Paul’s fashion designer daughter Stella, owns a property.


CHURCH COLLECTION BOX LINKED TO BEATLES SELLS AT £1,700

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A collection box at the church where  Paul McCartney and John Lennon played together for the first time has sold for £1,700 at auction.
McCartney joined Lennon’s first band The Quarrymen – which later became The Beatles – in a session at St Peter’s Church, Liverpool, in 1957.
Stephen Bailey, manager of The Beatles Shop, previously said he thought the box could sell for £500.
“Or enough to buy a new church collection box,” he added.
“The church was buying a new one and wondered what to do with the old one,” Mr Bailey explained.
“The committee then decided to try and sell it and put the proceeds towards church funds.”
The wooden box was made by a member of the church’s congregation in 1929.

In 1957, McCartney – then a 15-year-old schoolboy – impressed The Quarrymen so much at the St Peter’s Church session that he was invited to join the band.

Lennon was a member of the church’s youth club and attended services there with his aunt, Mimi Smith.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY IN THE HAMPTONS

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Paul McCartney took as Sunfish dinghy out for a sail while staying in the Hamptons on Saturday.

He steered the boat out to sea holding its tiller and vibrantly-coloured main sheet.

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