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Monday, 19 December 2011

Wings - Mull Of Kintyre

'Mull of Kintyre' is a song written by Paul McCartney and Denny Laine and performed by Wings. The song was written in tribute to the picturesque Kintyre peninsula in Scotland, where McCartney has owned High Park Farm since 1966, and its headland or Mull of Kintyre.

The song was Wings' biggest hit in the United Kingdom where it became Christmas number one, and was the first single to sell over two million copies in the UK.

'Mull of Kintyre' was recorded in August 1977 in London, during a break in recording the London Town album caused by Linda McCartney's advanced pregnancy, which led to the departure of Jimmy McCulloch and Joe English from Wings.

Bagpipes from Kintyre's local Campbeltown Pipe Band were included as a prominent part of the recording. 'Mull of Kintyre' and 'Girls' School' (a rocker that had been previously recorded for London Town) were released as a double A-sided single on 11 November 1977, independently of the album. It was also included on the Wings compilation Wings Greatest in 1978, and the UK/Canada version of McCartney's 1987 compilation album, All the Best!.

The song's broad appeal was maximised by its pre-Christmas release and it became a Christmas number one single in the UK, spending 9 weeks at the top of the charts. It also became a massive international hit, dominating the charts in Australia and many other countries over the holiday period. It went on to become the first single to sell over two million copies in the UK and becoming the UK's best-selling single of all-time (eclipsing The Beatles' own 'She Loves You') until overtaken by Band Aid's 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' in 1984 (which also featured McCartney on the B-Side).

The song remains the UK's best-selling completely non-charity single. (Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' has sold more in its two releases, but the profits of the 1991 release went to charity.)

The millionth copy of the disk sold in the UK included a special certificate. It was sold to David Ackroyd, who was presented with a gold disk of the single by Laine.

However, one place where the song was not a hit was the United States, where the flipside 'Girls' School' received more airplay and reached number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 while 'Mull of Kintyre' only managed to reach number 45 on the Easy Listening chart. As a consequence, McCartney has not played 'Mull of Kintyre' during his subsequent concert tours of America, only adding it back on forays into Canada.

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Single Version
Girls School - B-Side


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