Wings (Paul McCartney’s band)

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Paul McCartney and Wings, often billed simply as Wings, were an English-American rock band formed in 1971 in London by former Beatles guitarist and singer Paul McCartney, his wife Linda McCartney on keyboards, session drummer Denny Seiwell, and former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine. Wings were noted for their commercial successes, musical eclecticism and frequent personnel changes; 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 (1971) and Red Rose Speedway (1973) (the latter featuring guitarist Henry McCullough), were viewed as artistic disappointments beside Paul's work with the Beatles. After the release of the title track of the James Bond film 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 1975's 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 (1976) 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 one of the best-selling singles 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 was arrested in Japan for cannabis possession, putting the band on hold. Despite a final US number one with a live-recorded version of "Coming Up" (1980), Wings discontinued in 1981 after Laine departed from the band. In total, the band had six number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100.

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1971Wild LifeWings425
1973Red Rose SpeedwayPaul McCartney and Wings4.7524
1973Band on the RunPaul McCartney & Wings3.945
1975Venus and MarsWings422
1976Wings at the Speed of SoundWings421
1978London TownWings515
1979Back to the EggWings4.3510

Album + Compilation

1978Wings GreatestWings316
2018Wings 1971-73Paul McCartney and Wings1

Album + Live

1976Wings Over AmericaWings513
2013RockshowPaul McCartney & Wings2
2024One Hand ClappingPaul McCartney & Wings3

Album + Remix

2024Band on the Run (Underdubbed Mixes)Paul McCartney & Wings1


1972Give Ireland Back to the IrishWings2
1972Mary Had a Little Lamb / Little Woman LoveWings3
1972Hi, Hi, Hi / C MoonWings2
1973My Love / The MessPaul McCartney & Wings4
1973Helen Wheels / Country DreamerPaul McCartney & Wings3
1973Jet / Let Me Roll ItPaul McCartney & Wings3
1973Live and Let Die / I Lie AroundWings3
1973Mrs. Vandebilt / BluebirdPaul McCartney & Wings1
1974Jet / MamuniaPaul McCartney & Wings1
1974Band on the Run / Zoo GangPaul McCartney & Wings2
1974Walking in the Park With Eloise / Bridge on the River SuiteThe Country Hams51
1974Junior’s Farm / Sally GPaul McCartney & Wings3
1974Band on the Run / Nineteen Hundred and Eighty FivePaul McCartney & Wings2
1975Listen to What the Man SaidWings2
1975Letting GoWings2
1975Venus and Mars / Rock ShowWings2
1976Let ’em In / Beware My LoveWings3
1976Silly Love SongsWings3
1977Mull of Kintyre / Girls SchoolWings3
1977Seaside WomanSuzy and the Red Stripes2
1978I've Had EnoughWings1
1978London TownWings1
1979Old Siam, SirWings1
1979Getting Closer / Spin It OnWings1
1979Arrow Through MeWings1
1979Getting Closer / Baby’s RequestWings1
1979Goodnight TonightWings4
2013Maybe I’m AmazedWings1
2014Rock Show (new version)Wings1
2014Letting Go (extended version)Wings1
2014Love My Baby (From ‘One Hand Clapping’)Wings1
2016Nineteen Hundred and Eighty FivePaul McCartney & Wings vs. Timo Maas & James Teej2
2023Band on the Run (Underdubbed mix)Paul McCartney & Wings1
2024Junior’s Farm (One Hand Clapping Sessions)Paul McCartney & Wings1
2024Hi, Hi, Hi / Junior’s Farm (One Hand Clapping)Paul McCartney & Wings1

Single + Live

1977Maybe I’m AmazedWings2

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