The Number Ones: Paul & Linda McCartney's “Uncle Albert/Admiral ...

Billboard #1 Hits: “#259: ” Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey”- Paul McCartney. September 4, 1971. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single:” Uncle Albert/ Admiral Halsey”- Paul McCartney
  • Record Company-Apple
  • Genre: Rock
  • Written by Paul and Linda McCartney
  • Time: 4:49
  • B-side: “Too Many People
  • Album- Ram
  • Grade-A
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #1 in Canada and New Zealand.

This song is similar to the medley of songs on side 2 of Abbey Road- several unfinished song fragments stitched together. Also thrown in are sound effects like a thunderstorm and rain. Paul has said that the Uncle Albert part was based on his Uncle Albert and kind of an apology from Paul’s generation to Albert’s and the Admiral Halsey- the American World War II admiral- an authority figure not to be ignored. This is a playful song- I don’t think of it as a major piece of work but I’ve always enjoyed hearing it.


    • This isn’t the first time this has happened with us! lol.. It just so happened to be the song that was #1 next on my list. All good.

  1. I’ve always liked songs that have significant melodic transitions (Aquarius: Let the Sunshine In, Stairway to Heaven, Bohemian Rhapsody and this one, to name a few that come to mind). I loved this song, and also bought the 45 single. I also had an Uncle Albert.

  2. I always liked this song although I was completely baffled by the lyrics – I have heard that Lennon and McCartney would sometimes throw together words that made no sense to purposely confuse the listener. I thought this may have been Paul doing that with this song. Thanks for the info!

  3. This was my brother’s favorite song when he was very little. As little kids often do, he listened to it over and over and over … you get the picture. Despite being a Paul McCartney fan, this one is low on my personal hit parade due to overexposure, LOL.

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