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“Sugartime”: Linda & Paul at Black Ark

Paul McCartney released a posthumous compilation in 1998 of Linda-related recordings, Wide Prairie, that included two tracks from Linda & Paul‘s 1977 sojourn to Lee Perry‘s famed laboratory of sound – Black Ark – in Kingston, Jamaica.  One of those Black Ark recordings, a remake of The McGuire Sisters’ million-selling hit, “Sugartime,” features long-time session pros Winston Wright on organ, MikeyBooRichards on drums, and Boris Gardiner on bass, with Sir Paul on Wurlitzer electric piano and “toasting” vocals:

“Sugartime”     Linda & Paul    1977

Linda McCartneyBack to Skool for Paul

Rather amusing to note that Paul misspells the name of each and every session musician in his liner notes to Wide Prairie [“Miky” vs. Mikey Boo (drums); Billy “Gardber” vs. Gardiner (rhythm guitar); “Baris” vs. Boris Gardiner (bass); Winston “Write” vs. Wright (keyboards).

1950s Time Capsule in Black & White

Darling clip of The McGuire Sisters harmonizing on “Sugartime” with Perry Como on his NBC TV show .

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