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Wings

Wings in 1971. Clockwise from left: Paul McCartney, Denny Seiwell, Denny Laine, Linda McCartney
Background information
Origin England
Genre(s) Rock, Soft Rock
Years active 1971–1981
Label(s) Apple
Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
Columbia (US)
Associated
acts
The Beatles
The Moody Blues
Mike McGear
Former members
Paul McCartney
Linda McCartney
Denny Laine
Lineup 1:
Henry McCullough
Denny Seiwell
Lineup2:
Jimmy McCulloch
Geoff Britton
Joe English
Lineup 3:
Laurence Juber
Steve Holly

Wings was a rock music supergroup formed in August 1971, after the breakup of The Beatles, by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney.[1] Wings achieved widespread success during the 1970s(and Early 1980s) despite continual personel changes.[2] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Soft rock, also referred to as light rock or easy rock, is a style of music which uses the techniques of rock and roll to compose a softer, supposedly more ear-pleasing sound for listening, often at work or when driving. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... The Moody Blues are a British rock band originally from Birmingham, England. ... Born Peter Michael McCartney (January 7, 1944), Mike McGear is a British performing artist from the 1960s and 1970s, and a brother of Paul McCartney. ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an iconic English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... Linda Louise Eastman McCartney (September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist. ... Denny Laine (born Brian Hines, on 29 October 1944, in Birmingham) is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his roles as former guitarist and lead singer of The Moody Blues and, later, co-founder (along with Paul McCartney) of Wings. ... Henry McCullough (born 21 July 1943) is a guitarist, who has played guitar in such bands as Spooky Tooth, Paul McCartneys Wings, and The Grease Band. ... Denny Seiwell is a drummer, and was a founding member of Paul McCartneys band Wings. ... Jimmy McCulloch (4 June 1953 – 27 September 1979) was a Scottish musician, born in Glasgow, who was best known for playing lead guitar in Paul McCartneys Wings from 1974 to 1977. ... Geoff Britton is a rock drummer perhaps best known as a member of Paul McCartneys Wings from 1974–1975, featuring on the Venus and Mars album, and a member of Manfred Manns Earth Band from 1978–1979, playing on the Angel Station album. ... Drummer Joe English Joe English (born February 7, 1949) is an American musician who, during the 1970s, played drums in Paul McCartneys band Wings and in the Southern Rock/Jazz group Sea Level, among others. ... Laurence Juber is a British guitarist, and is perhaps most famous for playing lead guitar in Wings from 1978 to 1981, when the band disbanded. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... “Supergroup” redirects here. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an iconic English singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who first gained worldwide fame as one of the founding members of The Beatles. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ...


The only three members in all of the different versions of Wings were McCartney, his wife Linda, and ex-Moody Blues guitarist and singer Denny Laine. Linda Louise Eastman McCartney (September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist. ... The Moody Blues were originally a British rhythm and blues-based band; they later became best known for psychedelic music and early progressive rock. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Denny Laine (born Brian Hines, on 29 October 1944, in Birmingham) is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his roles as former guitarist and lead singer of The Moody Blues and, later, co-founder (along with Paul McCartney) of Wings. ...

Contents

History

As The Beatles were breaking up in 1970, McCartney was working on his debut solo album, McCartney. Backing vocals were provided by his wife, Linda, whom he had married the previous year. McCartney had insisted from the beginning of their marriage that his wife should be involved in his musical projects, so that they did not have to be apart when he was on tour.[3] On his second solo album, Ram, McCartney added selected outside musicians, including drummer Denny Seiwell, who had to perform in a secret audition for Paul and Linda before being chosen.[4] ===The Early Years (1971-78) McCartney is the first solo album by Paul McCartney and was released in 1970. ... A backing vocalist or backing singer (or, especially in the U.S., backup singer or sometimes background singer) is a singer who sings in harmony with the lead vocalist, other backing vocalists, or alone but not singing the lead. ... Linda Louise Eastman McCartney (September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist. ... Ram is Paul McCartneys second solo album, officially credited to Paul and Linda McCartney, and was released in 1971. ... Denny Seiwell is a drummer, and was a founding member of Paul McCartneys band Wings. ...


First lineup (1971-1973)

In August 1971, Seiwell and guitarist/singer Denny Laine joined Paul and Linda McCartney to record Paul's third post-Beatles project on Apple Records. The result was Wild Life, the first project to credit Wings as the artist. In an attempt to capture the spontaneity of live performances, five of the eight songs on Wild Life were first takes by the band.[4] However, the record left music critics cold.[5] Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... Denny Laine (born Brian Hines, on 29 October 1944, in Birmingham) is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his roles as former guitarist and lead singer of The Moody Blues and, later, co-founder (along with Paul McCartney) of Wings. ... Linda Louise Eastman McCartney (September 24, 1941 – April 17, 1998) was an American photographer, musician, and animal rights activist. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... Wild Life is the debut album by Wings, a band formed in the summer of 1971 by Paul McCartney and his wife Linda. ...


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.[3] 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".[3] Stella Nina McCartney (born September 13, 1971) is an English fashion designer . ...


In 1972, McCartney added ex-Spooky Tooth guitarist Henry McCullough to the line-up of Wings and 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 Beatles numbers.[6] Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Spooky Tooth was an English progressive rock band from the late 1960s. ... Henry McCullough (born 21 July 1943) is a guitarist, who has played guitar in such bands as Spooky Tooth, Paul McCartneys Wings, and The Grease Band. ... Wings University Tour was a concert tour by Paul McCartney & Wings in 1972, shortly after the bands formation and initial album release, Wild Life. ... In the summer of 1972, Paul McCartneys newly-formed band, Wings, set out on a concert tour of Europe. ...


In February 1972, Wings released a single called "Give Ireland Back to the Irish", a response to the events of Bloody Sunday.[7] The song was banned by the BBC for its anti-Unionist political stance and only mentioned in chart rundowns on BBC Radio 1 as "a record by Wings".[8] Despite its limited airplay, it reached #16 in the UK, as well as #1 in The Republic of Ireland and #1 in Spain. Give Ireland Back to the Irish is a Paul and Linda McCartney song written in response to the events of Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland on January 30, 1972. ... // The Bogside area viewed from the city walls Bloody Sunday (Irish: Domhnach na Fola) is the term used to describe an incident in Derry[1], Northern Ireland, on 30 January 1972 in which 26 civil rights protesters were shot by members of the 1st Battalion of the British Parachute Regiment... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... Unionism, in Ireland, is a belief in the desirability of a full constitutional and institutional relationship between Ireland and Great Britain based on the terms and order of government of the Act of Union 1800 which had merged both countries in 1801 to form the United Kingdom. ... BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... Ireland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ...


Partly in reaction to the ban, Wings released a children's song, "Mary Had a Little Lamb", as its next single. However, Wings followed that with November 1972's "Hi, Hi, Hi", which was again banned by the BBC, this time for its alleged drug and sexual references.[8] The B-side, "C Moon", was played instead.[3] The single made it into the Top 5. Wings version of the traditional nursery rhyme, recorded, according to Paul McCartney, in response to the BBC ban on their previous single, the political Give Ireland Back to the Irish. ... Hi, Hi, Hi was an energetic Wings single that was banned by the BBC for its suggestive lyrics. ... C-Moon is a rockband from Regensburg/Germany. ...


In late 1972, McCartney re-christened the band Paul McCartney and Wings for the 1973 album Red Rose Speedway, which yielded the first US #1 Wings hit, the romantic ballad "My Love". One possible reason for the renaming was that two songs on this album had been recorded by Paul, Linda and Denny Seiwall during the Ram sessions; Denny Laine added backing vocals to one of these songs, but Henry McCullough was not on either. Among the unreleased songs recorded by Wings during the extensive sessions for this album (which stretched over seven months and two continents) was the Linda composition "Seaside Woman", which was finally released in 1977 (although credited to "Suzy and the Red Stripes"). One other song from these sessions ("I Would Only Smile") appeared on Denny Laine's 1980 "solo" album Japanese Tears. Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Red Rose Speedway is Paul McCartneys fourth album release and second Wings album, officially credited to Paul McCartney & Wings upon its 1973 release, after the relatively weak commercial performance of the bands debut Wild Life had been credited only to the then-unknown Wings. ... McCartney wrote My Love - a song to commemorate his love of Linda McCartney - and which became Wings first number one single hit in England. ... Suzy and the Red Stripes was a pseudonym for the band Paul McCartney and Wings. ... Suzy and the Red Stripes was a pseudonym for the band Paul McCartney and Wings. ... Japanese Tears is the third album by guitarrist Denny Laine featuring his band, after left Paul McCartneys Band Wings, released in 1980 (see 1980 in music). ...


Near the end of these sessions, in October 1972, Wings recorded the theme song to the James Bond film Live and Let Die, which reunited McCartney with Beatles producer/arranger George Martin. The uptempo song, released as a non-album single in the summer of 1973 (immediately after "My Love"), became a sizable worldwide hit and has remained a popular part of McCartney's post-Wings concert performances (often accompanied by fireworks). That same year, McCartney released his first American TV special James Paul McCartney, which featured a lot of footage of Wings but was savagely criticised by noted rock journalist Lillian Roxon. link title Live and Let Die, from the James Bond film and soundtrack Live and Let Die, is one of Sir Paul McCartneys most successful singles. ... “007” redirects here. ... Live and Let Die is the 8th film in the British James Bond series and the first to star Roger Moore as MI6 agent James Bond. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Fireworks (disambiguation). ... Lillian Roxon (1932-1973) was a noted Australian journalist and author. ...


After a successful British tour in May-June 1973, Wings went right into rehearsals for the next album. However, Henry McCullough and Denny Seiwell left the band in August, at the end of rehearsals,[9] leaving the McCartneys and Laine to cut what turned out to be Wings' most successful album, Band on the Run, at EMI's primitive 8-track recording studio in Lagos, Nigeria. The album went to #1 in both the US and UK and spawned three hit singles: the rockers "Jet" and "Helen Wheels" (originally included on the US album only) and the title track—a suite of movements recalling side 2 of Abbey Road. It also included "Let Me Roll It", which was seen as an affectionate impersonation of John Lennon's vocal style,[10] and "No Words", the first song released by Wings that was co-written by Denny Laine (all Wings releases to this time were either Paul & Linda compositions or cover versions). Band on the Run enjoyed very positive critical reception and did much to restore McCartney's tarnished post-Beatles image among critics.[11] During the spring and early summer of 1973, Paul McCartneys band Wings performed on a concert tour of the United Kingdom. ... Henry McCullough (born 21 July 1943) is a guitarist, who has played guitar in such bands as Spooky Tooth, Paul McCartneys Wings, and The Grease Band. ... Denny Seiwell is a drummer, and was a founding member of Paul McCartneys band Wings. ... Band on the Run is an album by Wings, released in 1973. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Lagos (disambiguation). ... Jet, a hit song from Paul McCartney and Wings acclaimed Band on the Run album, is about one of McCartneys dogs. ... Helen Wheels is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings. ... Back cover The back cover of the original 1969 UK LP. Note that Her Majesty is not listed, unlike later reissues and the compact disc version—originally making it a hidden track. ... Let Me Roll It is the fifth track on the Paul McCartney & Wings album Band on the Run. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ...


Second lineup (1974-1977)

After Band on the Run, Jimmy McCulloch, former lead guitarist in Thunderclap Newman and Stone the Crows, joined the band. The first Wings project with McCulloch was McGear, a 1974 collaboration between Paul and his younger brother Mike McGear, with session musician Gerry Conway playing drums. Warner Bros. Records chose not to play up the "Wings" angle in its marketing for McGear, and the album sold poorly. However, the sessions also generated a single credited to McGear's group The Scaffold, "Liverpool Lou", which became a top-10 hit in the U.K. Jimmy McCulloch (4 June 1953 – 27 September 1979) was a Scottish musician, born in Glasgow, who was best known for playing lead guitar in Paul McCartneys Wings from 1974 to 1977. ... Thunderclap Newman is a late 1960s one-hit wonder from the United Kingdom (UK). ... Stone The Crows!, shouted legendary manager Peter Grant, when he first heard this splendid young Scottish band roaring into action. ... McGear is the second album by english singer Mike McGear, released in 1974 (see in 1974). ... Born Peter Michael McCartney (January 7, 1944), Mike McGear is a British performing artist from the 1960s and 1970s, and a brother of Paul McCartney. ... Gerry Conway (born September 11, 1947 in Kings Lynn, Norfolk) is an English rock drummer, best known for having performed with the band Jethro Tull during the 1980s. ... Warner Bros. ... The Scaffold were a trio from Liverpool, England consisting of Mike McGear (Michael McCartney, brother of Paul), Roger McGough and John Gorman. ...


Shortly thereafter, Geoff Britton was added to Wings on drums, and the first recording session with the full lineup was held in Nashville, where the band stayed at the rural farm of songwriter Curly Putman Jr.[12] The trip was memorialized in the 1974 non-album single "Junior's Farm", backed with a straight country track entitled "Sally G", the group's last release on Apple Records. During these sessions, Wings (with guest musicians Chet Atkins and Floyd Cramer) recorded a single that was attributed to "The Country Hams" entitled "Walking in the Park with Eloise," a song written years before by Paul's father James.[12] Also, a Laine/McCartney song ("Send Me the Heart") was recorded but not released until Laine's Japanese Tears. Geoff Britton is a rock drummer perhaps best known as a member of Paul McCartneys Wings from 1974–1975, featuring on the Venus and Mars album, and a member of Manfred Manns Earth Band from 1978–1979, playing on the Angel Station album. ... For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Claude Curly Putman Jr. ... A strong one-off single recorded in Nashville in 1974, this song continued Paul McCartney and Wings winning streak both commercially and critically after the Band on the Run album. ... Apple Records logo, featuring a Granny Smith apple. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... Floyd Cramer (October 27, 1933 - December 31, 1997) was an American Hall of Fame pianist who was one of the architects of the Nashville Sound. ...

Wings in 1974 - Linda and Paul McCartney, Geoff Britton, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch (seated).

The new lineup, which was once again just called Wings, started recording sessions in London in November 1974, then moved to New Orleans to complete the album Venus and Mars (1975), the first release from the group on MPL Communications, distributed worldwide by EMI (Parlophone in the UK, Capitol in the US). The album topped the charts and contained the US #1 single "Listen to What the Man Said", which also featured Dave Mason of Traffic on guitar and Tom Scott on saxophone. When the Venus and Mars recording sessions moved to New Orleans, Britton quit Wings and was replaced by Joe English. Like Denny Seiwell before him, English won the job at a secret audition before McCartney.[13] McCulloch co-composed (with former bandmate Colin Allen) and sang one song ("Medicine Jar"); Laine sang lead vocals on a McCartney song ("Spirits of Ancient Egypt"); Paul composed and sang the rest. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... MPL Communications is the umbrella company for the business interests of Sir Paul McCartney. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Parlophone is a record label, founded in Germany in 1896 by the Carl Lindström Company. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Listen to What the Man Said is a New Orleans-flavored hit from Wings 1975 album Venus and Mars. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Traffic was a rock band from Birmingham, England, formed in late 1966 by Steve Winwood with Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason. ... There are different people named Tom Scott: Tom Scott, Scottish poet. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Drummer Joe English Joe English (born February 7, 1949) is an American musician who, during the 1970s, played drums in Paul McCartneys band Wings and in the Southern Rock/Jazz group Sea Level, among others. ... Colin Allen is a drummer and songwriter born c 1942 in Bournemouth, Dorset (now in Hampshire, England). ...


In the fall of 1975 Wings embarked on the Wings Over the World tour, starting in Bristol, which took them to Australia (November), Europe (March 1976), the US (May/June) and Europe again (September) before ending in a four-night grand finale at London's Wembley Empire Pool. In 1975 and 1976, Paul McCartneys band Wings embarked on the ambitious Wings Over the World tour. ...


In between, Wings recorded Wings at the Speed of Sound, which was released at the end of March 1976, just prior to the U.S. leg of the world tour. It represented a departure from the prior Wings template in that each of the five primary members of the band (including Linda and Joe English) sang lead on at least one song, and both Laine ("Time to Hide") and McCulloch ("Wino Junko", again with Colin Allen) contributed songs. However, the two US #1 singles, "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'em In", were both written and sung by Paul. Four of the album tracks were played in the 1976 portion of the tour, which also included five Beatles songs. Laine sang lead vocals on several songs (including his old Moody Blues hit "Go Now" and Paul Simon's "Richard Cory"), and McCulloch on one ("Medicine Jar"), emphasizing that Wings was more than just Paul McCartney's backing band.[3] One of the Seattle concerts from the American leg of the 1975–76 world tour was filmed and later released as the concert feature Rockshow (1980). The tour also spawned a triple live album, Wings over America (1976). Wings at the Speed of Sound is the fifth album by Wings (or Paul McCartneys seventh solo release) and was recorded and issued in 1976 in the midst of a large world tour as the follow-up album to the popular Venus and Mars. ... Silly Love Songs is a song written and sung by Paul McCartney with his band Wings in 1976. ... Let em In was the second single from the Wings 1976 chart-topping album Wings at the Speed of Sound. ... Bessie Banks originally performed this song, but it was made popular in 1964 when a new sensation, The Moody Blues, recorded it. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Rockshow is a film by Paul McCartney & Wings, from his 1976 North American tour. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

After the world tour, and following the single release of a live version of "Maybe I'm Amazed" in early 1977, Wings took a break. Later in the year, the band started recording their next album in the Virgin Islands, but the sessions were delayed by Linda's pregnancy and then by the departures of both Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English. McCulloch, who joined The Small Faces, had difficulty handling the rock'n'roll lifestyle, ultimately dying of a heroin overdose in 1979. English later founded the very successful Christian-oriented Joe English Band. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Jimmy McCulloch (4 June 1953 – 27 September 1979) was a Scottish musician, born in Glasgow, who was best known for playing lead guitar in Paul McCartneys Wings from 1974 to 1977. ... Drummer Joe English Joe English (born February 7, 1949) is an American musician who, during the 1970s, played drums in Paul McCartneys band Wings and in the Southern Rock/Jazz group Sea Level, among others. ... Small Faces were a British mod group formed in 1965[1] by Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston (who was soon replaced by Ian McLagan). ...


Undeterred by their departure, Wings released the already-completed McCartney-Laine ballad "Mull of Kintyre", an ode to the Scottish Mull of Kintyre coastal region where McCartney had made his home in the early 1970s. Its broad appeal was maximized by a pre-Christmas release. It became a massive international hit, dominating the charts in Britain (where it was Wings' only #1), Australia and many other countries over the Christmas/New Year period. Ultimately, it became one of the biggest selling UK singles of all time. However, it was not a success in the US, where the B-side "Girls School" received most of the airplay but barely reached the Top 40. Mull of Kintyre is a popular 1977 song by former Beatle Paul McCartney and his band Wings. ... This article is about the country. ... The Mull of Kintyre refers to the most southwesterly section of the long Kintyre Peninsula in southwestern Scotland. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ...


The core trio of Wings then released the album London Town in 1978, a collection that sometimes included McCulloch and English. The album was a commercial success, although it became the first Wings album since Wild Life to not reach #1 in the US (reaching "only" #2),[14] but it featured a markedly softer-rock, synth-based sound. Laine co-wrote five of the album's songs with McCartney and sang two of them. "With a Little Luck" reached #1 in the US and #5 in the UK, but "I've Had Enough" and "London Town" were commercial disappointments in both countries. Bold text London Town is the seventh album by Wings and was released in 1978. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... With a Little Luck is Wings top five single from their 1978 album London Town. ...


Third lineup (1978-1981)

Later in 1978, lead guitarist Laurence Juber and former Elton John drummer Steve Holly joined the band, restoring Wings to touring strength. In 1979, McCartney signed a new record contract, leaving Capitol, the company he had been with since he was a Beatle, in the US and Canada and joining Columbia Records, while remaining with Parlophone/EMI in the rest of the world. Influenced by the Punk and New Wave scenes, Wings abandoned its mellow touch and hired former Apple engineer Chris Thomas to help in the production process. The result was a somewhat less polished sound. This new version of Wings first released the disco-oriented single "Goodnight Tonight", backed by "Daytime Nighttime Suffering", which reached the top 5 in both the US and UK. However, the subsequent album Back to the Egg, which was not favorably received by critics, sold disappointingly, at least when compared to its immediate predecessors. Still, it went platinum in the US. It contained the Grammy-winning song "Rockestra Theme", the result of an October 1978 superstar session with members of the Who, Led Zeppelin, Wings and Pink Floyd, and two other singles were taken off the album, but both did little in the charts. One song ("Again and Again and Again") was composed and sung by Laine; the rest were Paul's. An unreleased Laine song from these sessions ("Weep for Love") appeared on Laine's Japanese Tears album in 1980; an unreleased Juber song from these sessions ("Maisie") appeared on his solo album Standard Time. Laurence Juber is a British guitarist, and is perhaps most famous for playing lead guitar in Wings from 1978 to 1981, when the band disbanded. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Chris Thomas is a respected British record producer who was born on January 13, 1947. ... Goodnight Tonight is Wings disco-inflected single which included a spirited flamenco guitar break. ... Back To The Egg was the final album to feature Paul McCartney and his group Wings. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music...


During much of 1979, Wings was inactive as McCartney worked on a new solo album (McCartney II) without the band. In November and December of 1979, Wings performed its final tour of the UK, climaxing with a massive "rockestra" all-star collection of musicians in London in aid of UNICEF and Kampuchean refugees. During this tour, a live version of the McCartney II track "Coming Up" was recorded in Glasgow and became Wings' sixth and final US #1 hit (as well as the last Wings single, although once again credited to Paul McCartney and Wings) the following year. McCartney II is the third solo album by Paul McCartney, the first since the formation of Wings in 1971. ... On November 23, 1979, Paul McCartneys band Wings began a 19-date concert tour of the United Kingdom to promote their newest album, Back to the Egg. ... A generally powerful, sometimes eerie, sometimes somber form of rock with elements of stringed instruments included, such as violins. ... UNICEF Logo The United Nations Childrens Fund or UNICEF (Arabic: ; French: ; Spanish: ) was established by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946. ... The Kingdom of Cambodia (Khmer short form: Kampuchea) is a constitutional monarchy in Southeast Asia with a population of over 13 million people, most of whom are Theravada Buddhists of Khmer origin. ... Coming Up was the punchy lead-off track from Paul McCartneys McCartney II album, released in 1980. ...


Plans for a new Wings world tour were abandoned when McCartney was arrested for possession of about 7.7 ounces of marijuana at Tokyo airport on 16 January 1980.[15] Other Wings members were questioned but not charged. Although McCartney was released from jail after 9 days, on 25 January, he was deported from Japan.[15] As a result, the Japanese tour was cancelled along with other plans for Wings.


During 1980, Wings continued to demo some more tunes, and some work was done on a never-released "cold cuts" album of previously-unreleased songs. However, as Wings continued to idle, Juber (in February 1981) and Holly left the band. Finally, on 27 April 1981, it was announced that Denny Laine also had left Wings, and that the band had been disbanded.[16] McCartney claimed that the band "parted in a friendly way."[17]


Potential reunion

In July 2007, surviving Wings members Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell and Laurence Juber (excluding Paul McCartney, who was not interested in participating) reunited for one show at a BeatleFest in Las Vegas. They performed band classics including "Band on the Run", "Mull of Kintyre" and "Go Now". According to one report, Laine said that the three are discussing plans for a reunion tour.[18] Denny Laine (born Brian Hines, on 29 October 1944, in Birmingham) is an English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for his roles as former guitarist and lead singer of The Moody Blues and, later, co-founder (along with Paul McCartney) of Wings. ... Denny Seiwell is a drummer, and was a founding member of Paul McCartneys band Wings. ... Laurence Juber is a British guitarist, and is perhaps most famous for playing lead guitar in Wings from 1978 to 1981, when the band disbanded. ... Vegas redirects here. ...


Legacy

Unlike other post-Beatles projects such as the Plastic Ono Band, Wings can be viewed as a standalone group, not just a Paul McCartney backing band. Both Denny Laine and Jimmy McCulloch wrote songs, and Laine, McCulloch, Joe English and Linda McCartney all contributed lead vocals. However, Paul McCartney was unquestionably the band's leader and star. Every song on a single credited to Wings was at least co-composed by Paul, and the only three songs to appear on such singles that weren't sung by Paul were all B-sides: "I Lie Around" (Denny Laine, flip of "Live and Let Die"), "Cook of the House" (Linda McCartney, flip of "Silly Love Songs"), and "Deliver Your Children" (Denny, flip of "I've Had Enough"). The Plastic Ono Band is the band John Lennon formed after he left the Beatles. ...


The longevity and success of Wings may have been a vindication for McCartney. His early home-grown solo output, which often featured simpler songs and less lavish production than The Beatles received from George Martin, often was dismissed by critics as "lightweight" next to the more serious nature of his former bandmates' solo output. But, by 1975, John Lennon's solo career had been put on hold following the birth of his son Sean, and he had stopped recording. By 1976 George Harrison had all but retired from performing live (although not from recording). As part of Wings, however, McCartney continued to tour regularly and to enjoy hit singles and albums the world over. By 1980, even John Lennon was jealous of Wings' (and McCartney's) continuing success, which largely inspired Lennon's own comeback that year.[19] For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Sean Taro Ono Lennon (aka Sean Ono Lennon, born October 9, 1975) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ...


During its life, Wings had 12 top-10 singles in the UK and 14 top-10 singles (including six #1s) in the US. All 23 singles credited to Wings reached the US Top 40. Wings had only one fewer #1 single in the US than John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr combined in their post-Beatle careers. Of the nine albums credited to Wings at the time, all went top 10 in either the UK or US, with five consecutive #1s in the US (surprisingly, the only Wings album not to reach the US Top 10 was Wings Greatest). John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... For other persons named George Harrison, see George Harrison (disambiguation). ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... Wings Greatest is a 1978 compilation album by Wings and the first official retrospective release from Paul McCartneys post-Beatles career. ...


Wings' 1977 single, "Mull of Kintyre"/"Girls School" is still the biggest-selling non-charity single in the UK (although Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" sold more, its sales include a reissue in aid of the Terrence Higgins Trust) and it ranked fourth in the official list of best selling singles in the UK issued in 2002. Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ...   is a song written by Freddie Mercury and originally recorded by the band Queen for their 1975 album A Night at the Opera. ... The Terrence Higgins Trust is a British charity that campaigns on various issues related to AIDS and HIV. In particular, the Trust aims to reduce the spread of HIV and promote good sexual health (including safe sex); to provide services on a national and local level to people with, affected... Also see: 2002 (number). ...


In June of 2007, Apple's higher-quality iTunes Plus was released, featuring albums from EMI. Among the albums included were the nine original albums from Wings. As of 4 June 2007, Band on the Run was the third most downloaded album from iTunes Plus. The iTunes Store is an online business run by Apple Inc. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Band on the Run is an album by Wings, released in 1973. ...


Wings are sometimes the subject of satirical reference; the more pop-friendly style of the band has attracted tongue-in-cheek comparisons with The Beatles. Steve Coogan's comic creation Alan Partridge naturally admires Wings, referring to them as "the band The Beatles could have been."[20] For other uses, see Pop music (disambiguation). ... Information Gender Male Date of birth April 2, 1955 ) Occupation Radio and Television Broadcaster Portrayed by Steve Coogan Alan Gordon Partridge is a fictional television and radio presenter portrayed by English comedian Steve Coogan. ...


Line-ups

During its ten-year lifespan, Wings underwent numerous personnel changes and was twice reduced to its core Paul-Linda-Denny trio. (Listings for 1978 to 1981 do not include the members of Rockestra, a "rock orchestra" supergroup including Wings that can be heard on the albums Back to the Egg and Concerts for the People of Kampuchea.)

1971–1972 1972–1973 1973
  • Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar
  • Linda McCartney: vocals, keyboards
  • Denny Laine: vocals, guitar, bass, piano
  • Denny Seiwell: drums
  • Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar
  • Linda McCartney: vocals, keyboards
  • Denny Laine: vocals, guitar, bass
  • Denny Seiwell: drums
  • Henry McCullough: vocals, guitar
  • Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar, drums
  • Linda McCartney: vocals, keyboards
  • Denny Laine: vocals, guitar, bass, piano
1974–1975 1975–1977 1977–1978
  • Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar
  • Linda McCartney: vocals, keyboards
  • Denny Laine: vocals, guitar, bass, piano
  • Jimmy McCulloch: vocals, guitar
  • Geoff Britton: drums, percussion
  • Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar
  • Linda McCartney: vocals, keyboards
  • Denny Laine: vocals, guitar, bass, piano
  • Jimmy McCulloch: vocals, guitar, bass
  • Joe English: vocals, drums, percussion
  • Tony Dorsey, Howie Casey, Thaddeus Richard, Steve Howard: horns, brass
  • Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar, drums
  • Linda McCartney: vocals, keyboards
  • Denny Laine: vocals, guitar, bass, piano
1978–1981
  • Paul McCartney: vocals, bass, keyboards, guitar, drums
  • Linda McCartney: vocals, keyboards
  • Denny Laine: vocals, guitar, piano
  • Laurence Juber: vocals, guitar
  • Steve Holly: vocals, drums, percussion
  • Tony Dorsey, Howie Casey, Thaddeus Richard, Steve Howard: horns, brass

Discography

Albums

  1. Wild Life (1971) UK #11, US #10
  2. Red Rose Speedway (1973) UK #5, US #1
  3. Band on the Run (1973) UK #1, US #1
  4. Venus and Mars (1975) UK #1, US #1
  5. Wings at the Speed of Sound (1976) UK #2, US #1
  6. Wings over America (1976) UK #8, US #1
  7. London Town (1978) UK #4, US #2
  8. Wings Greatest (1978) UK #5, US #29
  9. Back to the Egg (1979) UK #6, US #8
  10. Concerts for the People of Kampuchea (1981)
    • With Other Artists
  11. Band on the Run: 25th Anniversary Edition (1999)
  12. Wingspan: Hits and History Compilation (2001) UK #5, US #2

Wild Life is the debut album by Wings, a band formed in the summer of 1971 by Paul McCartney and his wife Linda. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Red Rose Speedway is Paul McCartneys fourth album release and second Wings album, officially credited to Paul McCartney & Wings upon its 1973 release, after the relatively weak commercial performance of the bands debut Wild Life had been credited only to the then-unknown Wings. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Band on the Run is an album by Wings, released in 1973. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Wings at the Speed of Sound is the fifth album by Wings (or Paul McCartneys seventh solo release) and was recorded and issued in 1976 in the midst of a large world tour as the follow-up album to the popular Venus and Mars. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... London Town is the seventh album by Wings and was released in 1978. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Wings Greatest is a 1978 compilation album by Wings and the first official retrospective release from Paul McCartneys post-Beatles career. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Back To The Egg was the final album to feature Paul McCartney and his group Wings. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) 1970s in music // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Concerts for the People of Kampuchea is a double album from Wings, The Who, Queen, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, The Clash and many more artists of the highlights from the Concerts for the People of Kampuchea held at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, England to raise money for the victims... See also: Musical groups established in 1981 Record labels established in 1981 list of years in music // January 10 - Revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadways Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith February 14 - Billy Idol leaves the band Generation... See also: 1999 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1999 Record labels established in 1999 // January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... See also: 2001 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2001 Record labels established in 2001 // January 1 Comeback of Guns N Roses in House of Blues Hum disbands. ...

Singles

  1. "Give Ireland Back to the Irish" (1972) UK #16, US #21
  2. "Mary Had a Little Lamb"/"Little Woman Love" (1972) UK #9, US #28
  3. "Hi Hi Hi"/"C Moon" (1972) UK #5, US #10
  4. "My Love" (1973) UK #9, US #1
  5. "Live and Let Die" (1973) UK #9, US #2
  6. "Helen Wheels" (1973) UK #12, US #10
  7. "Jet" (1974) UK #7, US #7
  8. "Band on the Run" (1974) UK #3, US #1
  9. "Junior's Farm" / "Sally G" (1974) UK #16, US #3
  10. "Listen to What the Man Said" (1975) UK #6, US #1
  11. "Letting Go" (1975) UK #41, US #31
  12. "Venus and Mars/Rock Show" (1975) US #12
  13. "Silly Love Songs" (1976) UK #2, US #1
  14. "Let 'em In" (1976) UK #2, US #3
  15. "Maybe I'm Amazed" (1977) UK #28, US #10
  16. "Mull of Kintyre"/"Girls School" (1977) UK #1, US #33
  17. "With a Little Luck" (1978) UK #5, US #1
  18. "I've Had Enough" (1978) UK #42, US #25
  19. "London Town" (1978) UK #60, US #39
  20. "Goodnight Tonight" (1979) UK #5, US #5
  21. "Old Siam, Sir"/"Arrow Through Me" (1979) UK #35, US #29
  22. "Getting Closer" (1979) UK #60, US #20
  23. "Coming Up" (Live at Glasgow) (1980) US #1

Give Ireland Back to the Irish is a Paul and Linda McCartney song written in response to the events of Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland on January 30, 1972. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties... Wings version of the traditional nursery rhyme, recorded, according to Paul McCartney, in response to the BBC ban on their previous single, the political Give Ireland Back to the Irish. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties... Hi, Hi, Hi was an energetic Wings single that was banned by the BBC for its suggestive lyrics. ... C-Moon is a rockband from Regensburg/Germany. ... See also: other events of 1972 list of years in music 1970s in music // January 17 - Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee is renamed Elvis Presley Blvd January 20 - Pink Floyd debuts Dark Side of the Moon during a performance at The Dome, in Brighton, but due to technical difficulties... McCartney wrote My Love - a song to commemorate his love of Linda McCartney - and which became Wings first number one single hit in England. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... link title Live and Let Die, from the James Bond film and soundtrack Live and Let Die, is one of Sir Paul McCartneys most successful singles. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Helen Wheels is a song by Paul McCartney and Wings. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Jet, a hit song from Paul McCartney and Wings acclaimed Band on the Run album, is about one of McCartneys dogs. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Band on the Run is the title song from Paul McCartney and Wings acclaimed Band on the Run album, one of McCartneys most ambitious and best-loved songs. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... A strong one-off single recorded in Nashville in 1974, this song continued Paul McCartney and Wings winning streak both commercially and critically after the Band on the Run album. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Listen to What the Man Said is a New Orleans-flavored hit from Wings 1975 album Venus and Mars. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Letting Go is a single from Wings 1975 album Venus and Mars. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Venus and Mars/Rock Show is a single from Wings 1975 album Venus and Mars. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Silly Love Songs is a song written and sung by Paul McCartney with his band Wings in 1976. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Let em In was the second single from the Wings 1976 chart-topping album Wings at the Speed of Sound. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Maybe Im Amazed is a song written by Paul McCartney, which was first released on his McCartney album on April 17, 1970. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Mull of Kintyre is a popular 1977 song by former Beatle Paul McCartney and his band Wings. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... With a Little Luck is Wings top five single from their 1978 album London Town. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Ive Had Enough is a Wings single from their 1978 album London Town. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... The title track from Wings 1978 album London Town. ... See also: 1970s in music. ... Goodnight Tonight is Wings disco-inflected single which included a spirited flamenco guitar break. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) 1970s in music // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Old Siam, Sir is an exotic-sounding single from Wings 1979 album, Back to the Egg. ... Arrow Through Me is an R&B song by Paul McCartney. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) 1970s in music // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Getting Closer is a rock song from the Wings album Back to the Egg. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1979 Record labels established in 1979 1979 in music (UK) 1970s in music // Stevie Wonder uses digital audio recording technology in recording his album Journey through the Secret Life of Plants. ... Coming Up was the punchy lead-off track from Paul McCartneys McCartney II album, released in 1980. ... See also: Musical groups established in 1980 Record labels established in 1980 list of years in music // January 1 - The year starts off with a strong disco backlash, which causes the majority of musicians to abandon the use of real instruments in an attempt to distant themselves from anything associated...

Notes

  1. ^ The Beatles, Hunter Davies, 8 April 2004 (revised) Cassell Illustrated, ISBN 1-84403-104-7
  2. ^ McCartney interview, Music Express, issue #56 (GG70470), the April/May 1982 edition
  3. ^ a b c d e Lewisohn, Mark. Wingspan: Little Brown, 2002. ISBN 0-316-86032-8
  4. ^ a b Wright, Jeb. Denny Seiwell of Wings. Interview, Classic Rock Revisted website. Retrieved 17 May 2007.
  5. ^ For example, see the January 20, 1972 review by famed critic John Mendelsohn in Rolling Stone, in which he wonders whether Wild Life may have been "deliberately second-rate."
  6. ^ Paul McCartney biography(2003). MPL Communications. Retrieved: 11 December 2006.
  7. ^ BBC Radio Leeds interview Retrieved: 21 November, 2006
  8. ^ a b The seven ages of Paul McCartney, BBC News, 2006-06-17. Retrieved on 2006-11-06.
  9. ^ Emerick, Geoff, with Howard Massey. Here, There and Everywhere: My Life Recording the Music of the Beatles. Gotham; 2006. p. 337. ISBN 978-1592402694
  10. ^ Carr, Roy and Tyler, Tony. The Beatles: An Illustrated Record. 1974. ISBN 0-517-52045-1.
  11. ^ For example, in Rolling Stone, critic Jon Landau described it as "a carefully composed, intricately designed personal statement" and "(with the possible exception of John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band) the finest record yet released by any of the four musicians who were once called the Beatles."
  12. ^ a b Bailey, Jerry. "Paul and Linda Try the Gentle Life", The Tennessean, 18 July 1974. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  13. ^ Joe English biography at Drummer Academy.com.
  14. ^ Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Albums, 6th edition. ISBN 0-89820-166-7
  15. ^ a b Wasserman, Harry. "Paul's Pot-Bust Shocker Makes Him A Jailhouse Rocker". High Times, July 1980. Retrieved 5 June 2007.
  16. ^ Laurence Juber interview, LaurenceJuber.com. Retrieved 28 June 2007.
  17. ^ Bonici, Ray. "Paul McCartney Wings It Alone", Music Express, April/May 1982. Retrieved 4 June 2007.
  18. ^ "Wings Alumni to Take Flight", ClassicRockCentral.com, July 10, 2007. Retrieved 17 Sept. 2007.
  19. ^ Rosen, Robert. Nowhere Man: The Final Days of John Lennon. 2001, pp. 135-36. ISBN 978-0932551511.
  20. ^ "Alan Partridge about music", YouTube video clip. Retrieved 3 Oct. 2007.

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References

Mark Lewisohn (born 1958) is one of the worlds foremost experts on The Beatles. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Little, Brown and Company is a publishing house established by Charles Coffin Little and his partner, James Brown. ...

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