The Norman Petty Trio.
Norman Petty wrote this song in 1957 and recorded it with The Norman Petty Trio. Their version was released as a single with Toy Boy on the B-side. Buddy Holly played guitar on the recording. Buddy Holly’s version was released in 1960 on the album The Buddy Holly Story, Vol.2. In the UK it was released as the B-side of True Love Ways. The song was recorded by Denny Laine in 1976 for his 1977 album Holly Days. The album was produced by Paul McCartney and features Paul and Linda McCartney.
Now Hear This : Moondreams – Denny Laine (1977)
Jack Lawrence wrote this song in 1942 but it wasn’t published until 1946. It was written for Linda Eastman, the daughter of his attorney, Lee Eastman. The song has been recorded several times. Ray Noble and His Orchestra recorded a version in 1946. That version had Buddy Clark on vocals. It peaked at number one on the Billboard charts in 1947. Other artists to have recorded the song include Perry Como, Bing Crosby, Willie Nelson and Jan and Dean.
My Son John.
Written by Sammy Fain and Carolyn Leigh, this song was recorded by David Whitfield in 1956. It was written for John Eastman, son of Lee Eastman and older brother of Linda. It was released as a single with My Unfinished Symphony on the B-side. It reached number twenty-two in the UK singles chart. It was later covered by Keith Warwick and released with the B-side Walk Hand In Hand. This was a favourite of John Lennon’s mother, Julia and she would sing along to it changing the lyrics from ‘father’ to ‘mother’.
This song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It was first recorded by The Coasters in 1959. It was released as a single with I’m A Hog For You on the B-side. It went to number one on the R&B chart and number seven on the Billboard chart. In the UK it reached number fifteen on the singles chart. The song has been covered by The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies and The Kingsmen. It was an influence on The Beatles’ single The Ballad of John and Yoko. Linda McCartney covered the song in 1987. Her version was released on the album Wide Prairie in 1998.
Now Hear This : The Ballad of John and Yoko – The Beatles (1969)
Poison Ivy – Linda McCartney (1998)
This song was written by Bob Montgomery and Norman Petty in 1958. It was first recorded by Buddy Holly and was released as a single with Well….All Right on the B-side. It was the last Buddy Holly single to be released during his lifetime. It reached number eighty-two on the Billboard chart. It reached number thirty in the UK in January 1959. The song has been covered by Tommy Roe, Bobby Vee and Herman’s Hermits. John Lennon played the song during the filming of Clock in 1971. Denny Laine covered the song in 1977 for the album Holly Days. The album was produced by Paul McCartney. Paul and Linda McCartney also feature on the album.
Now Hear This : Heartbeat – Denny Laine (1977)
The McGuire Sisters.
Charlie Phillips and Odis Echols wrote this song in 1958 and it was recorded by The McGuire Sisters. Alma Cogan and Johnny Cash have also recorded the song. It was a favourite of Linda McCartney’s and she covered the song in 1977. Paul McCartney plays Wurlitzer and provided backing vocals on the song. It was released on her 1998 album Wide Prairie.
Now Hear This : Sugartime – Linda McCartney (1998)
Mr. Sandman was written by Pat Ballard in 1954 and was first recorded by Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra. It was recorded by The Chordettes the same year. Their version reached number one on the Billboard chart and number eleven in the UK. A version by The Four Aces reached number nine in the UK in 1955. The same year Max Bygraves took the song to number sixteen. The lyrics were rewrote in 1955 as Mr. Santa. Dorothy Collins recorded Mr.Santa and it was a hit for her in America. Mr.Sandman has also been recorded by Dickie Valentine, Chet Atkins, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes. Linda McCartney recorded a version in 1977. Paul McCartney sings and plays electric guitar on the track. It was released in 1998 on Wide Prairie.
Now Hear This : Mister Sandman – Linda McCartney (1998)