Wings (Paul McCartney's band)

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Paul McCartney and Wings, also known simply as Wings, were a British-American rock band formed in 1971 by former Beatle Paul McCartney with his wife Linda on keyboards, session drummer Denny Seiwell, and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine. Wings were noted for frequent personnel changes as well as commercial success, going through three lead guitarists and four drummers. However, the core trio of the McCartneys and Laine remained intact throughout the group's existence.

Created following the McCartneys' 1971 album Ram, the band's first two albums, Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway (the latter featuring guitarist Henry McCullough), were viewed as artistic disappointments beside Paul McCartney's work with the Beatles. After the release of the title track of the James Bond movie Live and Let Die, McCullough and Seiwell resigned from the band. The McCartneys and Laine then released 1973's Band on the Run, a commercial and critical success that spawned two top ten singles in "Jet" and the title track. Following that album, the band recruited guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton, only for Britton to quit shortly afterwards and be replaced by Joe English. With the new line-up, Wings released Venus and Mars, which included the US number one single "Listen to What the Man Said", and undertook a highly successful world tour over 1975–76. Intended as more of a group effort, Wings at the Speed of Sound was issued midway through the tour and featured the hit singles "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In".

In 1977, the band earned their only UK number one single, with "Mull of Kintyre", which became the then-best selling UK single in history. Wings experienced another line-up shuffle, however, with both McCulloch and English departing before the release of the group's 1978 album London Town. The McCartneys and Laine again added new members, recruiting guitarist Laurence Juber and drummer Steve Holley. The resulting album, Back to the Egg, was a relative flop, with its singles under-performing and the critical reception negative. During the supporting tour, Paul McCartney was arrested in Japan for cannabis possession, putting the band on hold. Despite a final US number one, the live version of McCartney's solo single "Coming Up", after Laine departed from the band, Wings discontinued for good in 1981.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1971 Wild Life Wings 5 11
1973 Red Rose Speedway Paul McCartney & Wings 5 10
1973 Band on the Run Paul McCartney & Wings 4 31
1975 Venus and Mars Wings 4.65 18
1976 Wings at the Speed of Sound Wings 4 17
1978 London Town Wings 5 10
1979 Back to the Egg Wings 5 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1978 Wings Greatest Wings 11

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 Wings Over America Wings 10


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Give Ireland Back to the Irish Wings 1
1972 Hi, Hi, Hi / C Moon Wings 1
1972 Mary Had a Little Lamb / Little Woman Love Wings 1
1973 My Love / The Mess Wings 1
1973 Live and Let Die / I Lie Around Wings 1
1974 Band on the Run / Zoo Gang Paul McCartney & Wings 1
1974 Walking in the Park With Eloise / Bridge on the River Suite The Country Hams 5 1
1974 Junior’s Farm / Sally G Paul McCartney & Wings 1
1976 Let ’em In / Beware My Love Wings 3
1977 Maybe I'm Amazed Wings 1
1977 Mull of Kintyre / Girls School Wings 2
1979 Getting Closer Wings 1
1979 Getting Closer / Baby's Request Wings 1
1979 Goodnight Tonight Wings 3
1979 Seaside Woman Suzy and the Red Stripes 1
2014 Rock Show (new version) Wings 1
2014 Letting Go (extended version) Wings 1
2014 Love My Baby (From ‘One Hand Clapping’) Wings 1
2016 Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five Paul McCartney & Wings vs. Timo Maas & James Teej 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Maybe I'm Amazed Wings 1

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