Paul McCartney refused to let artist cover his song ‘because of Linda’
After The Beatles split up in 1970 the members of the band went on to kickstart their solo careers. Paul McCartney worked with his wife at the time, Linda McCartney, in a band they called Wings. In 1973 the band wrote and recorded the theme song for the James Bond film Live and Let Die. The song, which had the same title as the movie, had a number of famous fans, including one iconic cover artist.
Shortly after the song was released the spoof singer Weird Al Yankovic was keen to cover the track.
When the pair met Paul already knew about Weird Al’s repertoire, which included parodies of Michael Jackson’s Bad (Fat) and Beat It (Eat It), as well as Madonna’s Like a Virgin (Like a Surgeon).
Paul told the singer: “I love your stuff! Anytime you want to do one of my songs, it’s yours!”
The story goes that two years later Weird Al requested to cover Live and Let Die with his own spin on it: Chicken Pot Pie.
Weird Al said at the time: “I finally came up with the perfect song,” but there was a problem.