Two for Tuesday: Paul McCartney & Wings

The former Beatles did well in the years after their breakup. Paul McCartney released his first solo album, 1970’s McCartney, as a way of telling the world of the breakup, even though John Lennon had left the group the previous year and was already doing solo projects with his wife Yoko and The Plastic Ono Band.

McCartney released Ram, credited to himself and wife Linda, in 1971, then formed the group Wings later that year. The group consisted of Paul on multiple instruments (bass, guitar, keyboards etc.), Linda on keyboards, Denny Laine (formerly of The Moody Blues) on guitar, and Denny Seiwell on drums. The group released Wild Life in 1971, and Red Rose Speedway and Band on the Run in 1973. Wings managed to replace three lead guitarists and four drummers before permanently disbanding in 1981.

The first #1 hit for Wings was “My Love,” from Red Rose Speedway. It spent nine weeks in the top ten in early summer 1973.

Their next #1 was “Band On The Run,” the title track from their 1973 release. It spent seven weeks in the top ten in early summer 1974.

In total, Wings had 14 top ten singles in the US, including six number one hits.

Paul McCartney & Wings, your Two for Tuesday, May 2, 2017.