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Three bands are known to have used the name Wings, one from UK, the others from Malaysia and Finland. A duo in Korea is also using the name Wings (윙스).

1. Wings (also known as Paul McCartney & Wings) from UK. Late in 1971, drummer Denny Seiwell, and ex-Moody Blues guitarist and singer Denny Laine, joined Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney to record Paul McCartney’s third post-The Beatles project. The result was Wild Life, the first project to credit Wings.

In 1972, Paul McCartney returned to touring, mounting an impromptu tour of UK universities and later a tour of small European venues (with the group driving around in a van), playing no The Beatles numbers. He scored hits with the relatively light singles “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” (banned by the BBC for its political stance, and only mentioned in chart rundowns on Radio 1 as ‘a record by Wings’), “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, and “Hi Hi Hi” (again, banned by the BBC for alleged drug and sexual references).

In early 1973, Paul 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.

Following the release of Speedway, Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough left the band, leaving the McCartneys and Denny Laine to cut their next album at EMI’s recording studio in Lagos, Nigeria, recording what turned out to be their breakthrough album, Band on the Run.

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