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Seaside Woman

Suzy and the Red Stripes
Origin England
Genres Rock, reggae
Years active 1972, 1977
Labels Epic (US), A&M (UK)
Past members Linda McCartney
Paul McCartney
Denny Laine
Denny Seiwell
Henry McCullough

Suzy and the Red Stripes was a pseudonym used by the band Wings for the release of the Linda McCartney and Wings single "Seaside Woman" in 1977. It was the only release by Wings under that name and was written and sung by Linda McCartney.

Linda said that the "Suzy and the Red Stripes" pseudonym came about because she had been called "Suzi" in Jamaica because of "a fantastic reggae version of 'Suzi Q'", and Red Stripe is Jamaica's leading brand of beer.[1]

"Seaside Woman"

"Seaside Woman"
B-side "B-Side to Seaside"
Released 31 May 1977 (US)
10 August 1979 (UK)
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded AIR Studios, London
November 1972
Genre Reggae
Length 3:36
Label Epic (US)
A&M (UK)
Writer(s) Linda McCartney
Producer Paul McCartney

According to an 1974 interview with Linda,[1] she wrote the song during a McCartney family visit to Jamaica in 1971 "when ATV was suing us saying I was incapable of writing, so Paul said, 'Get out and write a song.'"

Wings first performed "Seaside Woman" during the Wings University Tour in February 1972.[2] It was then recorded by Wings during the Red Rose Speedway sessions later in 1972. With on their tour on Europe, on 14 July a show was cancelled, so the band recorded a version of "Seaside Woman" in France, at EMI Pathe Marconi Studios.[2]

The single was first released five years later, in 1977, on Epic in the US, due to the efforts of Epic's Steve Popovich, who was given label credit for mastering the original single.[3] The B-side, "B-Side to Seaside", was written by Paul and Linda McCartney and recorded by the McCartneys (without Wings) in March 1977.[4] Two years after that, "Seaside Woman" was released by A&M Records in the UK in a regular version, which featured diagonal red stripes on the cover and circular ones on the label, and a special "boxed" version with 10 "saucy" seaside-style postcards. In 1986, a remixed version was released by EMI on 7" and an extended 12" version.

"Seaside Woman" charted at number 59 in the US but did not chart in the UK. Both sides of the single were later included on Linda McCartney's posthumous album Wide Prairie.

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Cartoon

"Seaside Woman" was turned into a cartoon short by Oscar Grillo in 1980. It depicts a young Jamaican girl and her loving parents who tend the fishing lines in Jamaica. The film won the Short Film Palme d'Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival.

The cartoon was released (along with Oriental Nightfish) on the VHS issue of Rupert and the Frog Song. It was re-released on DVD in 2004 (this time without Oriental Nightfish) on Tales of Wonder Music and Animation Classics.

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