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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

    Oldies Party

    Oldies Party
    3 songs

    Classic Rock

    Classic Rock
    1 song

    Classic Hard Rock

    Classic Hard Rock
    1 song

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