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1st February 1968: Beatle Paul McCartney gives the thumbs up during production of the new Beatles film, a feature length cartoon called 'Yellow Submarine'. (Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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Paul McCartney: “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey”

The Hook: Paul’s first post-Beatles chart-topper.

Album: Ram

Year: 1971

Writer: Paul McCartney

Stats: Number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week.

The Background: Paul McCartney recorded Ram in New York with Linda on backing vocals, session drummer Denny Seiwell and two session guitarists. Seiwell recalls cutting his part for “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” — but not getting to hear the completed song until quite a while later.

Denny Seiwell, who’d become the first Wings drummer, on cutting “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” during the Ram sessions. C:…finished product. :22

“Just great fun recording it. And when I got to hear it – I wasn’t there, I was working all day long on this other project when they did the sweetening date, but my friend Marvin Stamm played that [sings fluegelhorn part] and I didn’t get to hear that until the album was done and they sent me a box of records, you know. And I was just knocked out by the finished product.”