Remembering Linda McCartney…

It is 20 years ago today that Linda McCartney passed away. I remember that day very well. I had met Linda on quite a few occasions over the years, and always found her to be very nice. She was certainly the love of Paul’s life, and a very devoted mother.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, and pretty much disappeared from public life to fight this horrible disease. In 1997, she appeared with Paul at the premiere of ‘Standing Stone’ at the Albert Hall. Although she had a very different hair style, she looked healthy, and it was wonderful to see her again.

She was making public appearances up until a couple of weeks before her passing, one of the last at Stella’s fashion show in Paris.

The news of Linda’s passing didn’t break in the UK until the early hours of April 18th. I was running the London Beatles Fanclub at the time, as was rung up by CNN for a comment. I didn’t know what to say, as it was such a shock. I thought Linda was winning her battle. My wife, Esther, was going through her own battle with breast cancer at the time, and I suppose we both thought that if Linda couldn’t beat it, what chance did we have? Esther passed away in December 2000.

I was asked to go on BBC breakfast that morning, and looking back at the video later, I looked like a rabbit in the headlights.

Linda got so much flack for being in Wings, but without her great backing vocals with Denny, Wings would have been a much inferior group. She started out a very much a novice on keyboards, but later really held her own.

Much more than anything though, she fought for what she believed in as a veggie and and for animal rights. She was a brilliant photographer too.  And of course, she was a wonderful wife and mother.

RIP Linda, missing you…

Paul and Linda outside MPL 1983 photo by Richard Porter

 

2 thoughts on “Remembering Linda McCartney…”

  1. I lost my elder sister to breast cancer when she was only 38. That was in 1992. She was a big Beatles fan. I grew up listening to her Abbey Road Lp which made me love the Beatles. She died in 1992 then Linda was diagnosed in about 1995. It hit me hard as watching my sister go through the same desease then watch Linda go through it. I saw Linda and Paul three times in concert. The first time was at the Birmingham NEC in 1990. I will always remember my younger sister and I had seats high up at the side of the stage so couldn’t see Paul to well but Linda was right by us on a platform that raised up and down. When you the platform was raised she came high up to our level. I had bought a Paul McCartney T shirt and put it on. It was brightly coloured so I stood out a bit. Every time I looked towards her she would wave. I have never forgot that. You can see why Paul loved her. Rest in peace Linda.

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