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Following his second solo album, Ram, in 1971, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, formed Wings, which was intended to be a full-fledged recording and touring band. Denny Laine, a former guitarist for the Moody Blues, and drummer Denny Seiwell filled out the lineup and Wings released their first album, Wild Life, in December 1971. Wild Life was greeted with poor reviews and was a relative flop. McCartney and Wings, which now featured former Grease Band guitarist Henry McCullough, spent 1972 as a working band, releasing three singles -- the protest tune "Give Ireland Back to the Irish," the reggae-fied "Mary Had a Little Lamb," and the hard-rocking "Hi Hi Hi" -- in England. Red Rose Speedway followed in the spring of 1973, and while it received weak reviews, it became his second American number one album. Later in 1973, Wings embarked on their first British tour, at the conclusion of which McCullough and Seiwell left the band. Prior to their departure, McCartney's theme to the James Bond movie Live and Let Die became a Top Ten hit in the U.S. and U.K. That summer, the remaining Wings proceeded to record a new album in Nigeria. Released late in 1973, Band on the Run was McCartney's best-reviewed album to date and his most successful, spending four weeks at the top of the U.S. charts and eventually going triple platinum. Following the success of Band on the Run, McCartney formed a new version of Wings with guitarist Jimmy McCulloch and drummer Geoff Britton. The new lineup was showcased on the 1974 British single "Junior's Farm" and the 1975 hit album Venus and Mars. Wings at the Speed of Sound followed in 1976, and it was the first Wings record to feature songwriting contributions by the other bandmembers. The album became a monster success on the basis of two McCartney songs, "Silly Love Songs" and "Let 'Em In." Wings supported the album with their first international tour, which broke many attendance records and was captured on the live triple album Wings Over America (1976). After the tour was completed, Wings rested a bit during 1977, as McCartney released an instrumental version of Ram under the name Thrillington and produced Laine's solo album, Holly Days. Later that year, Wings released "Mull of Kintyre," which became the biggest-selling British single of all time (at the time of its release), selling over two million copies. In 1978 Wings followed "Mull of Kintyre" with London Town, which became another platinum record. After its release, McCulloch left the band to join the re-formed Small Faces, and Wings released Back to the Egg in 1979. Though the record went platinum, it failed to produce any big hits. Early in 1980, McCartney was arrested for marijuana possession at the beginning of a Japanese tour; he was imprisoned for ten days and then released, without any charges being pressed. Wings embarked on a British tour in the spring of 1980 before McCartney recorded McCartney II, which was a one-man-band effort like his solo debut. The following year, Laine left Wings because McCartney didn't want to tour in the wake of John Lennon's assassination; in doing so, he effectively broke up Wings, which quietly disbanded as McCartney entered the studio later that year with Beatles producer George Martin to make his 1982 album Tug of War. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Stations Featuring
Wings

    Oldies Hits

    Oldies Hits
    3 songs

    Classic Rock

    Classic Rock
    1 song

    Classic Hard Rock

    Classic Hard Rock
    1 song

    Classic Hits

    Classic Hits
    3 songs

    Super '70s

    1 song

    Shuffle Hits

    1 song

Albums by
Wings

Top Songs by
Wings

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Band on the Run
  3.   Live and Let Die
  4.   Jet
  5.   Soily featuring Denny Laine
  6.   My Love
  7.   Bluebird
  8.   Getting Closer
  9.   Let Me Roll It
  10.   Beware My Love
  11.   Magneto and Titanium Man
  12.   London Town
  13.   Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey featuring Linda McCartney
  14.   Medicine Jar
  15.   Venus and Mars
  16.   Venus and Mars/Rock Show/Jet by Paul McCartney & Wings
  17.   Rock Show
  18.   Letting Go
  19.   Famous Groupies
  20.   Arrow Through Me
  21.   Give Ireland Back to the Irish
  22.   I've Had Enough
  23.   No Words
  24.   Crossroads Theme by Paul McCartney & Wings
  25.   Oh Chaad
  26.   Again and Again and Again
  27.   Love in Song
  28.   Addt Tone Extended
  29.   Little Woman Love
  30.   Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)
  31.   Spin It On
  32.   Reception
  33.   Old Siam, Sir
  34.   Walking in the Park with Eloise featuring Denny Laine
  35.   San Ferry Anne
  36.   Cafe on the Left Bank
  37.   Lunch Box/Odd Sox
  38.   Baby's Request
  39.   Sally G featuring Denny Laine
  40.   Hey Diddle featuring Denny Seiwell
  41.   Message to Joe
  42.   You Gave Me the Answer
  43.   Majhi
  44.   Krishno
  45.   Amar Valobasa
  46.   Mary Had a Little Lamb
  47.   Winter Rose/Love Awake
  48.   We're Open Tonight
  49.   Warm and Beautiful
  50.   Must Do Something About It
  51.   Cook of the House
  52.   Wino Junko
  53.   She's My Baby
  54.   Morse Moose and the Grey Goose
  55.   Name and Address
  56.   Children Children
  57.   Cuff Link
  58.   Time to Hide
  59.   My Carnival
  60.   Bridge on the River Suite featuring Denny Laine
  61.   Going To New Orleans (My Carnival) featuring Denny Laine
  62.   So Glad to See You Here
  63.   Spirits of Ancient Egypt
  64.   4th of July
  65.   The Note You Never Wrote
  66.   After the Ball/Million Miles
  67.   Korobi
  68.   Call Me Back Again
  69.   Gobhir Raate
  70.   Mamunia
  71.   Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney
  72.   Crossroads
  73.   Backwards Traveller
  74.   Treat Her Gently/Lonely Old People
  75.   Let's Love
  76.   Baby Face
  77.   The Broadcast
  78.   Tui
  79.   To You
  80.   Juddho
  81.   Kissing You so Hard
  82.   Deliver Your Children
  83.   Venus And Mars / Rock Show / Jet by Paul McCartney
  84.   Richard Cory by Paul McCartney
  85.   Go Now by Paul McCartney
  86.   Blackbird