Slacker Logo

Paul McCartney & Wings

Advertisement
Advertisement

Biography

Following his second solo album, Ram, in 1971, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Linda formed Wings, which was intended to be a full-fledged recording and touring band. Denny Laine, a former guitarist for the Moody Blues, and drummer Denny Seiwell filled out the lineup and Wings released their first album, Wild Life, in December 1971. Wild Life was greeted with poor reviews and was a relative flop. McCartney and Wings, which now featured former Grease Band guitarist Henry McCullough, spent 1972 as a working band, releasing three singles -- the protest tune "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," the reggae-fied "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and the hard-rocking "Hi Hi Hi" -- in England. Red Rose Speedway followed in the spring of 1973, and while it received weak reviews, it became his second American number one album. Later in 1973, Wings embarked on their first British tour, at the conclusion of which McCullough and Seiwell left the band. Prior to their departure, McCartney's theme to the James Bond movie Live and Let Die became a Top Ten hit in the U.S. and U.K. That summer, the remaining Wings proceeded to record a new album in Nigeria. Released late in 1973, Band on the Run was McCartney's best-reviewed album to date and his most successful, spending four weeks at the top of the U.S. charts and eventually going triple platinum. Following the success of Band on the Run, McCartney formed a new version of Wings with guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton. The new lineup was showcased on the 1974 British single "Junior's Farm" and the 1975 hit album Venus and Mars. Wings at the Speed of Sound followed in 1976, and it was the first Wings record to feature songwriting contributions by the other bandmembers. The album became a monster success on the basis of two McCartney songs, "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In." Wings supported the album with their first international tour, which broke many attendance records and was captured on the live triple album Wings Over America (1976). After the tour was completed, Wings rested a bit during 1977, as McCartney released an instrumental version of Ram under the name Thrillington and produced Laine's solo album, Holly Days. Later that year, Wings released "Mull of Kintyre," which became the biggest-selling British single of all time (at the time of its release), selling over two million copies. In 1978 Wings followed "Mull of Kintyre" with London Town, which became another platinum record. After its release, McCulloch left the band to join the re-formed Small Faces, and Wings released Back to the Egg in 1979. Though the record went platinum, it failed to produce any big hits. Early in 1980, McCartney was arrested for marijuana possession at the beginning of a Japanese tour; he was imprisoned for ten days and then released, without any charges being pressed. Wings embarked on a British tour in the spring of 1980 before McCartney recorded McCartney II, which was a one-man-band effort like his solo debut. The following year, Laine left Wings because McCartney didn't want to tour in the wake of John Lennon's assassination; in doing so, he effectively broke up Wings, which quietly disbanded as McCartney entered the studio later that year with Beatles producer George Martin to make his 1982 album Tug of War. McCartney revisited Wings in 2001 for the compilation Wingspan, which was accompanied by a television documentary. In 2018, his Paul McCartney Archives Edition series released expanded versions of Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway. The two sets were paired in a limited edition that also featured a bonus disc called Wings Over Europe, which collected highlights from the band's first tour. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Read All Read Less

Top Tracks

  1.   Track
    Popularity
  2.   Band on the Run
  3.   My Love
  4.   Hi Hi Hi
  5.   C Moon
  6.   Live and Let Die
  7.   Blackbird
  8.   With a Little Luck
  9.   Helen Wheels
  10.   Yesterday
  11.   Listen to What the Man Said
  12.   Call Me Back Again
  13.   Lady Madonna
  14.   Silly Love Songs
  15.   Beware My Love
  16.   Let 'Em In
  17.   The Long and Winding Road
  18.   Big Barn Bed
  19.   Live and Let Die: Theme
  20.   Letting Go
  21.   Magneto and Titanium Man
  22.   Medicine Jar
  23.   Spirits of Ancient Egypt
  24.   Name and Address
  25.   Girl's School
  26.   When the Night
  27.   Live and Let Die
  28.   Get on the Right Thing
  29.   Dear Friend
  30.   Love Is Strange
  31.   I'm Carrying
  32.   Don't Let It Bring You Do
  33.   Bluebird
  34.   The Mess
  35.   Medley: Hold Me Tight/Lazy Dynamite/Hands of Love/Power Cut
  36.   Loup (1st Indian on the Moon)
  37.   One More Kiss
  38.   Mull of Kintyre
  39.   Single Pigeon
  40.   Bip Bop Link
  41.   I Am Your Singer
  42.   Some People Never Know
  43.   Time to Hide
  44.   Go Now
  45.   You Gave Me the Answer
  46.   I've Just Seen a Face
  47.   Richard Cory
  48.   Tomorrow
  49.   Morse Moose and the Grey
  50.   London Town
  51.   I've Had Enough
  52.   Girlfriend
  53.   Famous Groupies
  54.   Deliver Your Children
  55.   Cuff Link
  56.   Children Children
  57.   Wild Life
  58.   Bip Bop
  59.   Mumbo Link
  60.   Backwards Traveller
  61.   Little Lamb Dragonfly
  62.   Mumbo
  63.   Cafe on the Left Bank
See Fewer Songs

Related Stations & Specials

Artists Related to
Paul McCartney & Wings

Wings

FEATURED

Wings

FEATURED

Harry Nilsson

FEATURED

Paul McCartney

FEATURED

Elton John

FEATURED

John Lennon

FEATURED

Todd Rundgren

FEATURED

10cc

FEATURED

Van Morrison

FEATURED

Rod Stewart

FEATURED

Carole King

FEATURED

James Taylor

FEATURED

Paul Simon

FEATURED

Al Stewart

FEATURED

Ringo Starr

FEATURED

Billy Joel

FEATURED

Badfinger

FEATURED

Albert Hammond

FEATURED

Fleetwood Mac

FEATURED

Jimmy Webb

FEATURED
See All Related Artists

Loading Sliders...
  1. + -
  • GUESTS
  • CHAT
Some UserSample Msg
Advertisement

Advertisement

LIVE STREAM... SOCIAL RADIO STREAM...

LIVE STREAM... SOCIAL RADIO STREAM...
Casting to |