Wingspan: Hits And History
‘Junior’s Farm’ was a standalone single released by Paul McCartney & Wings in 1974.
Wings had contracted to a trio for the recording of Band On The Run, after guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell quit before the sessions began in Nigeria. After the album was a hit, McCartney began recruiting their replacements.
He drafted in Scottish guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and English drummer Geoff Britton, and flew the band to Nashville to begin recording. While there the McCartneys stayed at the farm of Tennessee session musician Claude ‘Curly’ Putman Jr.
Wings rehearsed in Putman’s garage prior to recording at Sound Shop Studios in Nashville in July 1974. The change in scenery helped inspire ‘Junior’s Farm’.
They just seemed to enjoy being out in the country. They rode horses. I have a pond and they went swimming in it… Paul was very likable, personable. He just seemed like one of us.
American Songwriter, Jan/Feb 2011
This was actually the last track we recorded. Paul essentially showed everyone what he thought they should be playing but everyone seemed to take it a notch higher. Jimmy McCulloch really got to shine on this song. He, Linda and Denny all overdubbed harmony vocals. Denny was also playing some really nice electric rhythm guitar. The breath on the end is Paul’s of course.
Paul McCartney Recording Sessions (1969-2013), Luca Perasi
Wings played ‘Junior’s Farm’ during their Australian tour in 1975, but dropped it afterwards.
The lyrics of ‘Junior’s Farm’ were included in McCartney’s 2001 book Blackbird Singing: Poems and Lyrics 1965-1999.
The single reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, and four on the Cash Box Top 100. In the UK it peaked at number 16.
‘Junior’s Farm’ was also a top 10 hit in Canada, New Zealand, Norway, and South Africa.
The song was included on the 1978 compilation Wings Greatest, the US version of 1987’s All The Best!, and a three-minute edit appeared on the 2001 compilation Wingspan: Hits And History.
‘Junior’s Farm’ and ‘Sally G’ were both included on the 2014 reissue of Wings’ Venus And Mars.