Name and Address
A track on the London Town album. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios and featured Paul on lead guitar. Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English had already left Wings at the time this track was recorded.
Hank Marvin, guitarist with the Shadows, dropped in on the session, although he didn't play. The number was Paul's tribute to Elvis Presley.
Nashville Diary 1979
A bootleg album (PRO 1234) containing tracks recorded by Wings during rehearsal sessions in Nashville in the summer of 1974. They included numbers such as 'My Love', 'One Hand Clapping', 'Hi, Hi, Hi' and 'Soily'.
National Poetry Day
Paul appeared at the Queen's Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London on Thursday 4 October 2001 to read his poetry on the 21st anniversary of 'Poetry Olympics'; it was also the eighth year of National Poetry Day, which had originally been launched at Westminster Abbey to celebrate excellence in British poetry.
Paul read excerpts from Blackbird Singing, his first time in London, having read his poetry previously in Liverpool and at the Hays Festival.
Also at the Queen's Theatre event were Adrian Mitchell, Michael Horovitz and Frieda Hughes, daughter of the late Poet Laureate Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
New Clubmoor Hall
A Liverpool venue run by local promoter Charlie McBain, situated to the rear of Broadway, Norris Green. This is the venue where Paul made his debut as a member of the Quarry Men on Friday 18 October 1957.
The other members of the band were: John Lennon on guitar, Len Garry on tea-chest bass, Eric Griffiths on guitar and Colin Hanton on drums.
The group travelled to the venue by bus and began their set at 9 p.m. Paul was to make his debut as the group's lead guitarist and began by singing 'Long Tall Sally'. However, when he began to perform the Arthur Smith number 'Guitar Boogie', it proved something of a disaster and he never played lead guitar with them after that.
This was probably due to the fact that Paul was playing his guitar upside down and backwards, as he still didn't know how to string a guitar for a left-handed person.
Years later, he was to comment, 'I went into the Quarry Men as the lead guitarist, really, because I wasn't bad on guitar. When I wasn't on stage I was even better, but when I got on stage, my fingers all went stiff. I had a big solo, on the song 'Guitar Boogie', and when it came to my bit... I blew it! I just blew it! I couldn't play at all and I got terribly embarrassed. My fingers found themselves underneath the strings instead of on top of them. So I vowed that first night that that was the end of my career as the lead guitarist. I goofed on that one terribly and so, from then on, I was on rhythm guitar.'
John was to comment, 'He really cocked up on this lone song. It was Arthur Smith's 'Guitar Boogie', a tune we all especially liked. When it came time for the big solo Paul lost his bottle and was all thumbs. The rest of the evening actually went down pretty smooth. We all had a good laugh about it afterwards; everyone, that is, except Paul.'
Promoter McBain wrote his opinion on the group's visiting card: 'Good &c Bad.'
However, that particular night proved to be an extremely important one in the life of John and Paul and sparked off what was to become one of the greatest song writing teams of all time.
As if to atone for the mess he'd made as lead guitarist he decided to impress John by playing him an original song he'd written himself, 'I Lost My Little Girl'. John then responded by playing a few of the numbers he'd written and asked for Paul's opinion. It was the beginning of their songwriting partnership.
New Moon Over Jamaica
A number Paul co-wrote with country music artists Johnny Cash and Tony T Hall. Paul also sang a duet with Cash on the track when it was featured on the Johnny Cash album Water From The Wells Of Home, issued in America on Monday 10 October 1988 by Mercury Records. The album was issued in Britain on Monday 14 November 1988.
New Statesman And Society
A British political journal, with left-wing leanings. In the 27 January 1995 issue, Paul made his debut as a published poet with five poems:
'Chasing The Cherry', 'Mist The Mind', 'The Blue Shines Through', 'Trouble Is' and 'Velvet Wine'.
The accompanying text read: 'Paul McCartney is one of the great songwriters, never afraid to experiment with words or music. In 1994, he took a sabbatical from touring and has been writing new songs and a large-scale orchestral piece as well as mounting an exhibition of paintings for Germany.
Paul was also to cause some controversy in a New Statesman interview in September 1997 in which he supported decriminalisation for marijuana and knocked the currently popular group Oasis. Giving his verdict on the Manchester band, Paul said, 'They're derivative and they think too much of themselves. I hope for their sakes they're right. But really they mean nothing to me. They're not my problem. Oasis's future is their problem. I sometimes hear their songs and think, "That's OK", but I hope they don't make too much of it and start to believe their own legend because that can cause problems as others discovered. I wish them luck. I don't want to see them as rivals.'
New Theatre, Oxford
Venue where Wings appeared on Saturday 12 May 1973. Prior to the performance, Paul held a press conference attended by forty journalists, who were invited by Paul to bring along their wives or girlfriends. During the conference there was a reference to the number 'Six O' Clock' which Paul had recently written for Ringo and Paul said he'd write a song for any friend - and would write a number for Rod Stewart if he were asked. As a result Rod rang Paul and asked for a number and Paul wrote 'Mine For Me' for him, which Stewart released the following year. Following the show Paul was interviewed for The David Symonds Show.
New World Collection, The
A special four-CD box set, which was released to tie in with Paul's March 1993 tours of Australasia, which included Wings Greatest, Band On The Run, Tripping The Live Fantastic: Highlights and Unplugged.
New York Philharmonic Orchestra, The
Paul hired this orchestra to perform on three tracks of the Ram album, which he recorded in New York in 1971, his first recording stint outside Britain. He personally conducted the orchestra on the tracks 'Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey', 'Long Haired Lady' and 'Back Seat Of My Car'.
An American singer/songwriter. In August 1967 Paul said that Newman was one of the best songwriters he had ever heard and hoped to be able to find time to team up with Newman and produce his first album for him. He was pleased when Newman won the Academy Award for Best Song in 2002, even though it meant that Paul's 'Vanilla Sky' was the loser.
An American television show on which Paul appeared with John Lennon on Wednesday 15 May 1968. This was during their special trip to America to promote Apple. In addition to discussing their new project they also touched on a number of political subjects. The interview was repeated a week later on Wednesday 22 May.
Newsroom At Six
A news programme transmitted in London and the South East of England on BBC 1. Paul was interviewed during his 1989 Wembley concerts by former Ready, Steady, Go! host Cathy McGowan and the interview was shown in two parts on Wednesday 17 January and Wednesday 31 January 1990.
Night Before, The
A song penned by Paul for the Help! album and recorded in a single session at Abbey Road Studios on Wednesday 17 February 1963. In the film it was used during the Salisbury Plain sequence. It was also included on the Rock And Roll Music album. John Lennon played electric piano for the first time on the track.
A number recorded by Wings in 1972. It was a track considered for the proposed Cold Cuts project, which was never issued.
A track featured on Carly Simon's No Secrets, released in 1972. The number was penned by her husband James Taylor, a former Apple artist and both Paul and Linda provided backing vocals, together with Doris Troy and Bonnie Bramlett. Paul and Linda provided their vocals following a recording session at AIR Studios for 'Live And Let Die'.
Nineteenth City School Scouts, The
A Boy Scout troop which Paul and his brother Mike joined soon after they entered their teens. Their first camping trip with the scouts took them to North Wales. Their second, in July 1957, took them to Hathersons in Derbyshire. There was an accident during the trip in which Mike broke his arm.
No More Lonely Nights (single)
The theme song to Paul's film Give My Regards To Broad Street, which was issued in Britain on Monday 24 September 1984 on Parlophone R6080 and entered the charts on 6 October where it was to reach the No. 2 position, with a chart life of thirteen weeks.
After its release it was discovered that around 100,000 copies of the single said 'Lonley' on the label. Paul insisted that all copies be returned to the pressing plant so that the spelling could be corrected. Obviously, copies of the single that slipped away with the misspelling have become collectors' items.
The song was written specially for the film, and was effectively the theme tune, being played throughout the movie.
This was known as the 'ballad' version, as the song is played in two tempos.
Paul commented: 'Twentieth Century Fox asked for an upbeat play-out as people leave the cinema, so I was happy to arrange it in an uptempo version as the play-out: that's more of a dance version.'
Two pressings of this double A-side were issued which featured both versions of the number. There was the normal 7" single on Parlophone R6080 and a special 12" pressing on Parlophone 12R 6080. Then on 8 October the 12" pressing was issued as a picture disc in a special limited edition on Parlophone 12RP 6080. Writer Mark Lewisohn in a special article in the January 1985 issue of Beatles Monthly entitled 'It's All Too Much', bemoaned the fact that there were so many versions of this particular song. He pointed out that it would cost the collector, and in particular the completist, a small fortune to catch up with all the different editions of the same number. Mark reckoned that it would cost a collector £33.34 to buy the different British versions of the single, which included the 7" ballad version; a 7" special dance mix of the ballad version; a 12" extended version, over eight minutes long; the 12" picture disc; and a 12" extended ballad version, with 'Silly Love Songs' and two versions of 'No More Lonely Nights'. This was in addition to the versions on the album, cassette and compact disc.
When the single was issued in America on Columbia 38-04581 on Friday 5 October 1984 it had a different flipside - the Arthur Baker 'Special Dance Mix'. It reached No. 6 in the charts. It was also issued in Germany on Parlophone 1C600-2002497.
'No More Lonely Nights' was also included on the compilation Now That's What I Call Music 1984 on CDNOW 84.
The record received an American award from ASCAP for being the most performed song in America between Monday 1 October 1984 and Monday 30 September 1985. At a celebration dinner in Los Angeles on Wednesday 28 May 1986 songwriter Hal Davis accepted the award on Paul's behalf.
No Other Baby
A track from the Run Devil Run album lasting 4 minutes and 17 seconds. Penned by Bishop/Watson, it was recorded at Abbey Road Studios on Friday 5 March 1999. It featured Paul on lead vocal, bass
guitar and electric guitar, Dave Gilmour on electric guitar and backing vocal, Mick Green on electric guitar, Peter Wingfield on Hammond organ ands Ian Paice on drums.
Paul had come across the song in the late 1950s but couldn't remember who had written it or recorded it and he never bought a copy of the record, but he remembered the words. When he came to record it, none of his fellow musicians knew of it either. He was later to discover that it had been recorded by an English skiffle group, the Vipers, and their version had been produced by George Martin.
No Other Baby
A single by Paul McCartney issued in Britain on Parlophone R6527 on 24 October 1999 with 'Brown Eyed Handsome Man' on the flip.
A track from Give My Regards To Broad Street. The song came to Paul in a dream. He'd been on holiday and was just waking up and he found he was still dreaming and was watching the Rolling Stones perform a number called 'No Values'. He remembered the chorus quite clearly when he woke up. He was sure that his own mind had created it in the dream. To make sure he checked that the Stones hadn't done a song of that title and when he found they hadn't, wrote the number and included it in the film and album.
A collaboration between Paul and Denny Laine. Denny had started off writing the song and Paul helped him to complete it. They shared writing credits when it appeared on the Wings 1973 album Band On The Run and performed the number during their British tour in 1979. Paul, Linda and Denny provided vocal harmony.
Nobel Peace Prize Concert
On 11 December 2001 Paul appeared at the Nobel Peace Prize 100th Anniversary concert at the Spektrum Arena in Oslo, Norway, before an audience of 6,000. Actors Meryl Streep and Liam Neeson hosted the concert. Norway's Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Princess Martha were also in attendance.
Rusty Anderson backed Paul on guitar and Blair Cunningham was on drums. Paul performed 'Your Loving Flame', playing piano, and 'Freedom' on acoustic guitar. He said, 'The first one I wrote for my fiancee Heather, and the second one I wrote for the American people after 11 September, but tonight I'd like to dedicate them both to my friend George.' He finished his spot playing 'Let It Be' on piano and was joined on stage by some of the other artists who'd been appearing that night, including Natalie Imbruglia, rapper Wyclef Jean and Anastacia.
Prior to the concert, Paul commented, 'I have always felt that the strength of peace and love can give the world hope upon which to build our future. Peace has long been the theme of many of my songs. Although I believe that the world could not simply ignore the events of 11 September, I remain a pacifist and am happy to play for peace.'
The concert was televised on the cable/satellite channel Trio on 16 December 2001 and in America on USA Network on 21 December. Trio repeated the broadcast on 26 and 27 January 2002.
Nobody I Know
A composition by Paul, which he wrote for Peter & Gordon as a follow-up to 'World Without Love'. They recorded it at Abbey Road Studios in April 1964.
It was produced by Norman Newall and issued in the UK on 29 May 1964 on Columbia DB 7292 and in the US on June 15 1964 on Capitol 5211, with 'You Don't Have To Tell Me' on the flip.
It was also the title track on Peter &c Gordon's EP Nobody I Know, released in the UK on Columbia 8348 on 24 July 1968.
A number penned by Paul and Mike McCartney and produced by Paul for the McGear album. It was included as a track on The Force, a mailorder double album, available only in America and released on Friday 14 February 1975 on Warner Brothers PRO 596. It was also issued as the flipside of the 'Dance The Do' single by Mike McCartney, also produced by Paul, which was issued in Britain on Friday 4 July 1975 on Warner Brothers К 16573.
Note You Never Wrote, The
This was a track from Wings At The Speed Of Sound and the first song recorded for the album in September 1975. Although Paul wrote the number, it was sung by Denny Laine.
The venue for Wings' first ever gig which took place at lunchtime on Wednesday 9 February 1972 and was hurriedly arranged the previous day. Notices announcing: 'Tonight! Guest group: Paul McCartney and Wings! Admission 50p' drew an audience of 700 students. It was Paul's first live gig in nearly six years and the group's share of the take was £30. Paul was to recall, 'It was a spur of the moment thing. One of the group had said he had played at Nottingham University and liked it so that's where we ended up. It was fifty pence at the door, and a guy sat at the table taking money. The kids danced and we all had a good time. The Students' Union took their split and gave us the rest. I'd never seen money tor at least ten years. The Beatles never handled money ... we walked Around Nottingham with thirty pounds in coppers in our pockets.'
In an interview in Melody Maker, Paul was to comment, 'It was very good for us. We will go on touring the country for a while, playing more of these concerts when we feel like it.'
Trevor, one of Wings' road managers, was to comment: 'We went into Nottingham University students' union at about five o' clock and fixed it up for lunchtime the next day. Nottingham was the best because they were so enthusiastic. No hassles. No one quite expected or believed it.'
Commenting on the brief series of university gigs, Linda told Melody Maker: 'Eric Clapton once said that he would like to play from the back of a caravan, but he never got around to doing it. Well - we have! We've no manager or agents - just we five and the roadies. We're just a gang of musicians touring around.'
The composition by Paul that he wrote for Л Garland For Linda. The reviewer in Classic FM magazine commented that 'Nova': 'certainly speaks directly to the listener. The repeated question, "Are you there?" from the sopranos and altos rises in intervals. The appeal to the listener is both potent and passionate.'
Paul was also interviewed in the magazine and commenting on his grief at the death of Linda, said, 'I thought I might be dead at the end of the year, it would just be so unbearable. I half-prepared for that to happen. The nearest I did get to that was with grief and crying. But I thought, no, that's a slippery path. So I tried to counteract that by just going from day to day.'
Discussing 'Nova', he said, 'I thought, "I'll write something, and if it's no good, I'll just say sorry." So I got on my computer and put up the choral settings that I use and just thought, "Well, now do I want to start it?" And just thought it all through.'
Now Hear This Song Of Mine
One of the numbers written and recorded by Linda and Paul in 1971 at the time of the Ram sessions. It was not included on the album and was never released as a single, although a thousand copies were pressed and circulated within the music industry to aid the promotion of Ram.
Now It's Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Alice Cooper, Elton
A single by Clive Baldwin issued in America in 1975 on Mercury 73680. I Levine and L Russell Brown penned it and the flipside was 'Disco Rag'.
Now That's What I Call Music 11
Now That's What I Call Music is a series of British chart compilation double albums. The 11th release in the series issued by EMI/Virgin on NOW 2 on 26 March 1984 included the track 'Pipes Of Peace'.
Nurk Twins, The
Paul and his brother Mike first thought up this name when they were kids and used it when they entertained friends or family with a duet. In 1960 John and Paul made an appearance as a duo at the Fox and Hounds pub in Caversham, Berkshire in April 1960 and called themselves the similarly sounding Nerk Twins.
A number that Paul had originally penned for a projected animated movie of Rupert The Bear. The 2-minute 10-second song has surfaced on several bootlegs and was included in the Oobu Joobu radio series. Nutwood was the name of the area where Rupert the Bear and his friends lived.
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