This week in 1977

Fingal Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

1 Mull of Kin­tyre/girls’ School Wings

2 We Are The Cham­pi­ons Queen

3 Rockin’ All Over The World Sta­tus Quo 4 Name Of The Game Abba

5 How Deep Is Your Love The Bee Gees 6 Dancin’party Showad­dy­waddy

7 Daddy Cool Darts

8 I Will Ruby Win­ters

9 Flo­ral Dance Brig­house and Ras­trick Brass Band 10 Live In Trou­ble The Bar­ron Knights

Paul Mccartney and Wings’ only num­ber one was a dou­ble-a side featuring tracks very dif­fer­ent in style – the bal­lad Mull of Kin­tyre, co-writ­ten by Mccartney and Wings mem­ber Denny Laine as a trib­ute to the beauty of the Scot­tish head­land where Mccartney lived, and the up­tempo rocker ‘Girls’ School’. The only Wings’ re­lease of 1977, the song Mull of Kin­tyre – featuring bag­pipes played by the Camp­bel­town Pipe Band – struck a chord with the buy­ing pub­lic on this side of the At­lantic as Christ­mas ap­proached. The sin­gle spent nine weeks on top of the UK charts and was the Christ­mas num­ber one. It went on to be­come the first sin­gle to sell over two mil­lion copies in the UK and re­mains the big­gest sell­ing non-char­ity sin­gle of all time in that mar­ket. The pre­vi­ous best-seller was The Bea­tles’ She Loves You, re­leased 14 years ear­lier and writ­ten by Mccartney and John Lennon. Mull of Kin­tyre was not a hit in the US where Girls’ School, the pre­ferred track, re­ceived more air­play. The sin­gle peaked in the Bill­board Hot 100 at num­ber 33.

Paul Mccartney and Wings eclipsed a Bea­tles’ chart record with Mull of Kin­tyre.

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