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Paul McCartney & Wings

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(1971 – 1981)

Paul McCartney and Wings were a rock music band led by Paul McCartney, formed a couple of years after the dissolution of The Beatles. It achieved widespread popularity during the 1970s despite continual personnel changes.

In 1971, drummer Denny Seiwell, and ex-Moody Blues guitarist and singer Denny Laine, joined Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney to record Paul’s third post-Beatles project. The result was Wild Life, the first project to credit Wings. The band name is said to have come to McCartney as he was praying in the hospital while Linda was giving birth to their second child together, Stella McCartney. Paul McCartney recalled in the film Wingspan that the birth of Stella was “a bit of a drama”; there were complications at the birth and that both Linda and the baby almost died. He was praying fervently and the image of wings came to his mind. He decided to name his new band “Wings”.

In 1972, McCartney returned to touring, mounting an impromptu tour of UK universities and small European venues (with the group driving around in a van), playing no Beatles numbers. He scored hits with the relatively light singles “Mary Had A Little Lamb” and “Hi Hi Hi” (the latter getting in trouble with the BBC for alleged drug references).

In early 1973, McCartney repeated this pattern, adding ex-Spooky Tooth guitarist Henry McCullough, and re-christening the band Paul McCartney and Wings for the album Red Rose Speedway which yielded the first big Wings hit, the romantic ballad “My Love”.

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  • yeahmacca

    denny laine figurante

    4 Jan 7:50pm Reply
  • maspoxajulha

    ❤ LONDON TOWN ❤ [2]

    4 Jan 7:50pm Reply
  • maspoxajulha

    Denny Laine t amo

    4 Jan 7:49pm Reply
  • yeahmacca

    BETTER THAN BEATLES

    3 Jan 10:00pm Reply
  • hairpolice

    I'm voting for Wings

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Steambull

    I guess it's fine if only "Red Rose Speedway" + "Band on the Run" are tagged as "Paul McCartney & Wings" while the rest of the Wings albums are tagged as just "Wings." It's weird, though - initially they released "Wild Life" as "Wings," then they went for the "Macca & Wings" for the two albums in 1973 and then back to "Wings" again...

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • the-cause

    Don't see how there should be a problem in merging 'Paul McCartney & Wings' with 'Wings' - the two names were the same project, which for a period had the name prefixed with Paul's with by the label for commercial reasons, which they simply dropped again. They were clearly the same band and it seems odd to dilute their charts this way. [5]

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • teresadelag

    This should be just Wings

    9 Nov 2014 Reply
  • JoeyGeek

    Check out great Paul McCartney and Wings music videos at -- mixley

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • JoeyGeek

    love rthe 70's and this band especially Paul McCartney and Wings

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mounthopeless

    this band was pure love

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • LeticiaFeitosa

    Don't see how there should be a problem in merging 'Paul McCartney & Wings' with 'Wings' - the two names were the same project, which for a period had the name prefixed with Paul's with by the label for commercial reasons, which they simply dropped again. They were clearly the same band and it seems odd to dilute their charts this way. [4]

    22 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Love-0

    Don't see how there should be a problem in merging 'Paul McCartney & Wings' with 'Wings' - the two names were the same project, which for a period had the name prefixed with Paul's with by the label for commercial reasons, which they simply dropped again. They were clearly the same band and it seems odd to dilute their charts this way. [3]

    14 Feb 2014 Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "Having watched the first man walk on the moon from the black and white TV screen, it changed my perspective, it actually gave me the energy to focus in on things that were out of the box." - In 2015, Sarah Brightman will travel to the International Space Station, a dream that she has had since childhood, when mankind took its first steps on the moon. Brightman takes a closer look at her own relationship with the universe on her new album, Dreamchaser, through a few wistful originals and playful covers by Sigur Rós, Wings, Elbow and Cocteau Twins. Alongside her otherworldly plans, we ask the vivacious soprano how she spends a typical day on Planet Earth: http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/sarah_brightman/

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • doowniwevets

    Don't see how there should be a problem in merging 'Paul McCartney & Wings' with 'Wings' - the two names were the same project, which for a period had the name prefixed with Paul's with by the label for commercial reasons, which they simply dropped again. They were clearly the same band and it seems odd to dilute their charts this way. [2]

    9 Aug 2013 Reply
  • themartialarts

    Don't see how there should be a problem in merging 'Paul McCartney & Wings' with 'Wings' - the two names were the same project, which for a period had the name prefixed with Paul's with by the label for commercial reasons, which they simply dropped again. They were clearly the same band and it seems odd to dilute their charts this way.

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • lariandrade2

    ♥ let me roll it ♥ [2]

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Truck468

    hey he was just in Seattle

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • litefoot

    Agreed with amalgamating the Paul McCartney & Wings and Wings scrobbles. It might not be strictly correct as some albums are credited to one and some to the other, but the tags are all over the place and it's just a bit of a mess.

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • staple_

    The Last.fm should unite "Paul McCartney & Wings" with only "Wings". They have always been a band only. There is no such separation contained in the tag name. Should join the scrobbles on one page only, for the Wings.

    12 May 2013 Reply
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