|Photo by Sidney Smith|
In New Orleans to record the Wings album Venus and Mars, Paul and Linda McCartney masked as a pair of clowns and joined the Mardi Gras crowds on Charles Street and Canal. 20 year old Sidney Smith was asked to be the personal photographer of the McCartneys and documented their stay in New Orleans. Wings recorded at Sea-Saint Studios, co-owned by famed producer Marshall Sehorn and songwriter Allen Toussaint.
The album doesn't have much of a New Orleans feel, but the band also recorded a Professor Longhair inspired number called "My Carnival", which was released as a B Side to "Spies Like Us" in 1985, and is now one of the bonus cuts on the remastered Venus and Mars.
|The McCartneys with Ernie K-Doe|