Linda Louise McCartney, Lady McCartney (née Eastman; formerly See; September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, animal rights activist and entrepreneur.
Linda married Paul in March 1969 at Marylebone Town Hall, London. Her daughter, Heather Louise, from her marriage to Melville See, was adopted by Paul. The McCartneys had three other children, Mary, Stella and James.
After the breakup of the Beatles, Paul and Linda recorded the album Ram and formed the band Wings in 1971. She continued to be part of her husband’s touring band following Wings’ breakup in 1981 up until The New World Tour in 1993.
Linda became an animal rights activist and wrote and published several vegetarian cookbooks. She also founded the Linda McCartney Foods company with her husband. In 1995, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and she died from the disease in 1998 at the age of 56.
She left all her property to Paul, including royalties from books or records, and all rights to her photos. He has pledged to continue her line of vegetarian food, and to keep it free from genetically modified organisms.
After the Beatles broke up, Paul taught Linda to play keyboards. They recorded the album, Ram, as a duo. They then formed the band Wings. The band garnered several Grammy Awards, becoming one of the most successful British bands of the 1970s.
Whilst Linda’s singing and playing skills were sometimes derided, and even a source of friction between some band members, including Paul, Linda was also unfairly criticised as a one-fingered player, when playing the one-fingered moog synthesiser.
Despite Linda’s initial shortcomings as a keyboardist and backing vocalist, her involvement, presence and inspiration was a fundamental part of the band from start to finish. There is little doubt that Paul McCartney and Wings would never have happened without Linda McCartney there, as Paul’s muse, as well as his band mate.