Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

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"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
Single by Paul and Linda McCartney
from the album Ram
B-side"Too Many People"
Released2 August 1971 (US only)
Format7"
Recorded1970
GenreRock
Length4:49
LabelApple
Writer(s)Paul and Linda McCartney
ProducerPaul and Linda McCartney
Paul and Linda McCartney singles chronology
"Another Day"
(1971)
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
(1971)
"The Back Seat of My Car"
(1971)
Ram track listing
 
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"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
Single by Paul and Linda McCartney
from the album Ram
B-side"Too Many People"
Released2 August 1971 (US only)
Format7"
Recorded1970
GenreRock
Length4:49
LabelApple
Writer(s)Paul and Linda McCartney
ProducerPaul and Linda McCartney
Paul and Linda McCartney singles chronology
"Another Day"
(1971)
"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey"
(1971)
"The Back Seat of My Car"
(1971)
Ram track listing

"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" is a song by Paul and Linda McCartney from the album Ram. Released in the United States as a single on 2 August 1971,[1] it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1971,[2][3] making it the first of a string of post-Beatles, McCartney-penned singles to top the US pop chart during the 1970s and 1980s.

Recording[edit]

The song is noted for its sound effects, including the sounds of a thunderstorm, with rain, heard between the first and second stanza, the sound of a telephone ringing, and a message machine, heard after the second stanza, and a sound of chirping sea birds and wind by the seashore. Linda's voice is heard in the harmonies as well as the bridge section of the "Admiral Halsey" portion of the song.

McCartney said "Uncle Albert" was based on his uncle. "He's someone I recall fondly, and when the song was coming it was like a nostalgia thing."[4] McCartney also said, "As for Admiral Halsey, he's one of yours, an American admiral", referring to Admiral William "Bull" Halsey.[4]

Aftermath and later release[edit]

Paul McCartney won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists in 1971 for the song.[5] The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.[6] "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" also appears on Wings Greatest from 1978, even though Ram was not a Wings album, and again on the US version of McCartney's 1987 compilation, All the Best!.

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Preceded by
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by Bee Gees
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
4 September 1971 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Go Away Little Girl" by Donny Osmond
Preceded by
"Sweet Hitch-Hiker" by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Canadian "RPM" Singles Chart number-one single
18 September 1971 – 2 October 1971 (three weeks)
Succeeded by
"Maggie May" by Rod Stewart