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On This Day: Paul McCartney Had to Redo a Concert Because of a ‘Lackluster’ Audience Response 

In 1973, Paul McCartney and his group Wings recorded a concert that would serve as the conclusion for his TV special, James Paul McCartney. The reaction to the special was chilly at best. McCartney might have been able to predict this because, on March 18, 1973, he had to re-record the finale concert. The initial audience reaction was so lukewarm that they did not want to include it in the special. 

Linda McCartney and Paul McCartney | Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Paul McCartney recorded a concert for a television special

On Feb. 19, 1973, McCartney began recording the TV special James Paul McCartney, his first since The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour in 1967. The special featured a number of musical performances, including music-video style shoots, performances in front of a live audience, and an acoustic medley during a photography session. Altogether, it featured 11 segments.

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