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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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  • mounthopeless

    this band was pure love

    Yesterday 12:59am 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 2:15pm 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 9:33am 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
  • peedrofoster

    ♥ LONDON TOWN ♥

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • MaccaLeeCyrus

    Come on and call me back again ♫♫

    2 May 2013 Reply
  • talita_mendes

    ♥ let me roll it ♥

    29 Apr 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Classic Rock

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • sgtpepperlove13

    <3

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
  • doowniwevets

    Last.FM should merge "Wings" & "Paul McCartney & Wings" since it is two names for the same group. No matter how you look at it "Wings" was a band on its own with McCartney clearly as the front figure but don't forget that every member of "Wings" contributed to the songwriting and their sound. If Paul hadn't intended "Wings" to be its own thing he would have kept releasing albums under his own name. [2] All of my Wings music is tagged as "Wings". Less clutter, and truer to McCartney's intentions (this is one of the few times I have chosen to deviate from MusicBrainz's tags).

    28 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mota_boy_punky

    Yes, I know all that, and I've got this in mind before tagging it. But as I saw there were Wings and Paul McCartney & Wings with pretty as much listeners, and Musicbrainz named them like that too.

    5 Feb 2013 Reply
  • TheGreatChupon

    Keep in mind, mota_boy, that those two are Paul McCartney & Wings only because of the record label; Paul claimed to not've even been aware that they were released as such! I don't know how much truth there is to that, but it's obvious that it was always Wings in *his* head, and he of all people should have the final say, shouldn't he? But yeah, David, I'd totally agree that Flaming Pie is his most successful post-Wings effort! That's if we don't consider McCartney II post-Wings, since it was technically made while Wings was still an active unit.

    1 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mota_boy_punky

    Red Rose Speedway and Band On The Run are Paul McCartney & Wings, the rest is Wings. I keep my tags that way, as they are on the album covers.

    31 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Juhwithguns

    should it be tagged Paul McCartney & Wings or just Wings? '-'

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
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