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Did Linda help or hurt McCartney's career?
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Linda helped Paul McCartney in every way: personally, musically and business wise.

Personally, she gave him a wonderful family, stability and confidence.

Musically, she added harmony, a partner for his band, and we don't know how many ideas used in compositions.

Business wise, she introduced him to her family, who helped him become very wealthy through music publishing after he & Lennon had their songs basically stolen from them.

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Frankdialogue (love the name), apologies again for not making the title of this thread clearer.

Could Linda not have done all of the above without being in the band?

You could argue that had she said "no," Paul would have clammed up and never written another song.

My premise is that Paul can't go on very long without writing a song; Linda could have been all those wonderful things to him while stepping back into the shadows (and Paul would have written a song about that).

But that's why we have frank dialogues on this Forum!

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Into the Sky with Diamonds said

Frankdialogue (love the name), apologies again for not making the title of this thread clearer.

 

My premise is that Paul can't go on very long without writing a song; Linda could have been all those wonderful things to him while stepping back into the shadows (and Paul would have written a song about that).

But that's we have frank dialogues on this Forum!

 

A good forum too and a lot of fun; As to your point, well, perhaps Paul needed a crutch too, and certainly Linda's presence caused some difficulties with the punters in his group and the press.

 

But history is history although we all see it from different angles, so I would still say she helped, but, as you say, maybe she could have backed off...But the results were still positive, I would say, and it allowed the family to remain together during tours, and gave Linda someting to do other than being chief cook and bottle washer.

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Maybe another reason in having Linda as a fully fledged band member was so that she was treated as a band member and listened to with her ideas instead of being the mother and wife yacking away in the background as the men discussed the music. Possibly Paul learned something from Yoko's time at the beatles sessions where she would express her opinion, usually in place of John's, yet the other 3 saw and treated her as a pain in the neck regardless of what she said. Certainly some of the Wings members werent too chuffed at Linda's involvement.

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Well, I mean, I would say that she helped his career, given that without her support post-Beatles breakup he would've just sat there getting drunk as hell on his farm in a depressed state in bed and he wouldn't have been driven to compose amazing numbers like "Maybe I'm Amazed ' or the entirety of Ram  

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Considering how many absolutely smashing love songs she inspired, I'd say it was a net benefit. Really, I think her chiefest contribution was simply emotional support -- Paul wouldn't have been the man he was, making the music he did, without a strong woman beside him, and if he needed her to be in the band for that emotional support, then who are we to complain?

Of course, I'm also extremely partial to her musical contributions, so perhaps I'm biased... ahdn_george_06

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Considering how many absolutely smashing love songs she inspired, I'd say it was a net benefit. Really, I think her chiefest contribution was simply emotional support -- Paul wouldn't have been the man he was, making the music he did, without a strong woman beside him, and if he needed her to be in the band for that emotional support, then who are we to complain?

Of course, I'm also extremely partial to her musical contributions, so perhaps I'm biased... ahdn_george_06

  

'Seaside Woman ' was the first song she wrote and it's bloody fabulous. Love it. Throw in 'B-Side to Seaside' which is so much fun and you've got a great single.

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I saw Paul with Linda in 1990 and I have no memory of hearing her vocals or keyboard playing. I checked out the setlist and they definitely didn't do any songs that feature her vocals. Flowers In The Dirt was the latest album, so they did do We Got Married (I was probably looking around for Gilmour during that one). However she was a welcome presence and I don't recall any negativity. After Paul played Yesterday  the crowd exploded for several minutes while he pumped his acoustic above his head. Linda came running out to give him a hug ,while a roadie came bounding out to snag the guitar and they nearly crashed into each other. It was a neat awkward/charming Linda moment.

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She was definitely a help to Paul's career, both the fact that she contributed much talent to his albums (Album artwork and Music), and that the public liked her and their family as far as I know, unlike Yoko who many people disliked and blamed for the Beatles breakup.

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I think Linda did get some hate back in the day, not as much as Yoko but still. Anyone who removes a Beatle from the singles market isn't gonna go over well with some people... ahdn_george_06 plus there are those who didn't like her because they didn't appreciate her musical contributions, or thought she was a gold digger, etc.

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I think the premise of looking too much into the private lives of our favourite musicians doesn't always lead to the best discussions, but I think on the whole Linda was an awesome person who perfectly suited Paul. I can't say I'm a huge Wings listener anyway, so I'm not best judged to review her musical contributions, but as others have noted she was clearly an excellent muse, and I also appreciate her contributions to animal rights activism. 

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