Paul McCartney and Wings

Paul McCartney and Wings



Wings, also known as Paul McCartney and Wings, were an Anglo-American rock band formed in 1971 by former Beatle Paul McCartney with his wife Linda, 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", Wings broke up permanently in 1981.



Back to the Egg
Back to the Egg is the seventh and final studio album by the British-American band Wings, released in 1979 on Columbia Records in America, and on Parlophone in the UK. Co-produced by Chris Thomas, the album reflects band leader Paul McCartney's embracing of contemporary musical trends such as new wave and punk, and marked the arrival of new Wings members Laurence Juber and Steve Holley.
Band on the Run
Band on the Run is the third studio album by Paul McCartney and Wings, released in December 1973.
Band on the Run
"Band on the Run" is the title song of Paul McCartney and Wings' 1973 album Band on the Run.
Live and Let Die
"Live and Let Die" is the main theme song of the 1973 James Bond film Live and Let Die, written by Paul and Linda McCartney and performed by Paul's band Wings.

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Looks Back On 'Sad Wings Of Destiny' Album (Video)
Blabber Mouth  –  March 22, 2016
Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist ... Wings Of Destiny" album on the 40th anniversary of its release. Check it out below. Downing recently said that he would be open to reuniting with his former bandmates on the occasion of a hypothetical Rock And Roll Hall ...
Henry McCullough, guitarist in Paul McCartney’s Wings, dead at 72
Chicago Sun Times  –  June 14, 2016
The Northern Ireland native was recruited to join the second version of Wings in 1971, and his guitar solo on “My Girl” on the album “Red Rose Speedway” marked a career peak. He improvised it in a single take. “With music, sometimes you come ...
In The Wings Promotions adds second masterclass with Broadway veteran ADAM PASCAL in Montreal
Broadway World  –  June 13, 2016
After selling out in less than 48 hours, In the Wings Promotions is pleased to add a second Montreal ... In Concert, Corner of the Sky: The Music of Stephen Schwartz, Like Breathing: Musical Theatre Songs for a New Generation, Barefoot Broadway's ...
Wings players Defending Hope on June 29  –  June 12, 2016
Join Logan Darnell, his Red Wings teammates, and Spikes on Wednesday night, June 29 at Next Door by Wegmans. * live music by Wes Darnell, Logan's cousin from Nashville who is joining us for this event * The silent auction will include unique team items and ...
Big Kahuna Wing Festival serves 10,000lbs of wings
LOCAL8now  –  June 12, 2016
Along with sampling different wings, there was a wing eating competition, wing cooking competition, live music performances, kids entertainment, silent auction, and fun for every age. The event was open from noon until 8pm where thousands of people ...
Hot wings, hot times at Big Kahuna Wing Festival
Knoxville News Sentinel  –  June 10, 2016
With live music and all the wings you can eat, summer doesn't get much hotter than this at the Big Kahuna Wing Festival at World's Fair Park. Festival founder Matt Beeler, who created Big Kahuna Wing Seasonings, said more than 100,000 chicken wings were ...
Russian roots, Jacksonville wings: Singer Marina V’s music took flight at IC
My Journal Courier  –  June 9, 2016
Russian-American singer-songwriter Marina V is returning Friday night to Jacksonville, the town where her musical career took flight, to headline the second concert in Jacksonville Main Street’s Levitt AMP Jacksonville Music Series. She will take the ...

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