It was released as a single in the United Kingdom on 18 October 1974, and in the US on 2 December.
‘Walking In The Park With Eloise’ was an instrumental written by McCartney’s father Jim.
My father did write a song – only the one, to my knowledge – and many years later I said, ‘Dad, you know that song you wrote: ‘Walking In The Park With Eloise’?’ He said, ‘I didn’t write it – I just made it up.’ Anyway, I told him that I’d recorded it with some friends of mine in Nashville. One of the friends was Chet Atkins, and he’d brought along Floyd Cramer. We got together and made a little recording of the song specially to play to my dad.
The single did not reach the singles chart in either the UK or USA. Despite its lack of commercial success, McCartney’s father was delighted to have one of his compositions professionally recorded and released.
He loved having a record out – but he’s very shy… and he didn’t like all the publicity. I remember him being very emotional about it when I first played it to him. He said I really shouldn’t have bothered, but I know he enjoyed it.
Lennon and McCartney: Together Alone, John Blaney
The single was reissued in 1982 to coincide with McCartney’s appearance on the BBC radio show Desert Island Discs, on which one of his eight chosen records was ‘Walking In The Park With Eloise’.
Also on this day...
- 2009: Paul McCartney live at Color Line Arena, Hamburg
- 1969: George Harrison live at Colston Hall, Bristol with Delaney & Bonnie
- 1969: Mixing: Lady Madonna, Rain, Octopus’s Garden
- 1969: Television: 24 Hours: The World Of John And Yoko – day one
- 1969: John Lennon is interviewed for Man Of The Decade
- 1968: US album release: Wonderwall Music by George Harrison
- 1966: Mixing, editing: Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas
- 1965: George Harrison’s Gretsch guitar is destroyed
- 1964: Ringo Starr’s tonsils are removed
- 1963: Live: Grosvenor House, London
- 1963: Television: The Morecambe And Wise Show
- 1962: Live: Embassy Cinema, Peterborough
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
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