|"Mrs Vanderbilt" from "Band on the Run."|
"Mrs Vanderbilt" is a track from Paul McCartney and Wings' "Band on the Run." It is a fairly unique song for Paul if there is such a thing, including a strong sax part by Howie Casey (who also appears on some other Wings songs). While he isn't mentioned directly, "Mrs Vanderbilt" was intended as an homage to English vaudevillian Charlie Chester, with some of the lyrics adapted from some phrases that he was known for.
"Mrs. Vanderbilt" was released as a single with "Bluebird" as the "B" side in some secondary markets such as Australia and the Continent (we're talking "secondary" for Paul McCartney, your mileage may vary). As with many of the other songs on "Band on the Run," "Mrs. Vanderbilt" was recorded in Lagos, Nigeria with Denny Laine and Linda McCartney. Paul said:
The laughing? It started off in Africa. We were doing sort of daft laughs at the end. When we got back we eventually overdubbed this crowd of people who were laughing. It was great listening to the tapes, trying to select the little bit of laughter that we would use. Most of it was us, but we need a little bit to cushion it up. It was great listening to a roomful of people laughing in stereo. They were getting into all these laughing bits, and we were on the floor.Paul apparently likes "Mrs. Vanderbilt," but not that much. He first played it live in Kiev, Ukraine on 14 June 2008, but only because "Mrs. Vanderbilt" won a web vote. It entered the setlist not long after but was dropped a few years ago. With normal artists, a song like "Mrs. Vanderbilt" would be in the list forever, but this is Paul McCartney we're talking about.
"Mrs Vanderbilt" is best remembered as the "ho, hey, ho" song. Quasi-native rhythms were in vogue in the '70s - witness Blue Swede and "Hooked on a Feeling" - and various bands have sampled the "Mrs. Vanderbilt" chorus. But then, Paul basically samples it himself on "Picasso's Last Words" at the conclusion of "Band on the Run." Oh, as for who Mrs. Vanderbilt is - I know you're thinking this was just a made-up name. Not so fast:
Mrs Vandebilt was a good one. I didn't know anything about her but I just knew she was like... a rich person.Gloria Vanderbilt? Probably, her name was in the news in the '70s for her jeans. She still is to some extent because the brand exists to this day. However, designer jeans were a real craze at the time, a symbol of the germinating disco movement.