Paul McCartney refused to allow a cover of his song “Because of Linda” by a performer.
PAUL MCCARTNEY spent much of his career as a member of The Beatles covering tunes, but because of his late wife, Linda McCartney, he would not let a performer perform one of his compositions.
After The Beatles broke up in 1970, the band’s members moved on to pursue solo careers. Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda McCartney, formed the band Wings at the time. The theme song for the James Bond film Live and Let Die was written and recorded by the band in 1973. The song, which shared the same title as the film, drew a slew of celebrity fans, including one well-known cover artist.
Weird Al Yankovic, a spoof singer, was eager to cover the song shortly after it was published.
Paul was already familiar with Weird Al’s repertoire when they met, which featured parodies of Michael Jackson’s Bad (Fat) and Beat It (Eat It), as well as Madonna’s Like a Virgin (Like a Surgeon).
“I adore your stuff!” Paul exclaimed to the vocalist. It’s yours to perform one of my songs whenever you want!”
Weird Al said two years later that he wanted to cover Live and Let Die with his own twist: Chicken Pot Pie.
“I finally came up with the perfect song,” Weird Al claimed at the time, but there was a problem.
According to the Los Angeles Weekly “Oh no…,” Paul responded. I’m not going to let this happen – my ex-wife Linda would never endorse a song that celebrates the slaughter of chickens.”
“Paul didn’t want me to do it because he’s a committed vegetarian and he didn’t want a parody that encouraged the consumption of animal flesh,” Weird Al later explained.
“He remarked, ‘You could make something else, like tofu pot pie.’ ‘No, the chorus of my song will be ‘Bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-bawk-ba There’s no way this is going to work.” (Image courtesy of Rolling Stone)
Weird Al blamed Linda exclusively in another interview, stating she would not approve. (Image courtesy of Ultimate Classic Rock)
“It’s a valid argument, and I understand it,” he continued. And I despise it when people label him as a humourless jerk, since that was not the case.
“In fact, he replied, ‘Think of any other subject, and I’ll gladly approve it.'”
Chicken Pot Pie was never released by Weird Al, however he did perform it several times. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”