ith a Little Luck" was the follow-up to the most successful British single of Paul McCartney's career, including his tenure with the Beatles. The record sold 2.5 million copies in the United Kingdom, replacing the Beatles' "She Loves You" as the best-selling single of all time in Great Britain (a record it held until 1984, when Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" sold over three million copies). The title of this best-selling single is "Mull of Kintyre." It did not chart in America.
"With a Little Luck" was recorded in a 24-track studio installed by the Record Plant on board the Fair Carol, a yacht anchored in the Virgin Islands. Paul had taken Wings there to record tracks for an album tentatively titled Water Wings. But after spending the month of May, 1977, in the Virgin Islands, the recordings were completed in London and the title was changed to London Town.
Jimmy McCulloch left Wings in September, and the four remaining members checked in to Abbey Road studios on October 25. By the time they completed their work there, drummer Joe English had left the group as well. Now a trio again, Wings completed London Town at George Martin's AIR Studios and at Abbey Road.
"With a Little Luck" was the highest new entry on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of March 25, 1978. Debuting at number 70, it reached the top of the chart eight weeks later. It was the first single not on the RSO label to be number one since December 17, 1977 (Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life"). Before "With a Little Luck" fell off the Hot 100, McCartney announced two new additions for Wings. Denny Laine had recommended them both -- guitarist Laurence Juber and drummer Steve Holly. The first release for Wings Mark Seven was the single "Goodnight Tonight," an attempt at disco that McCartney almost didn't release. But second thoughts prevailed, and "Goodnight Tonight," the first McCartney record under his new North American deal with Columbia Records, peaked at number five in May, 1979.
Next came Back to the Egg, the final album released by Wings. While the LP's two singles ("Getting Closer," "Arrow Through Me") failed to make much of a chart impression, for many the highlight of the album was the "Rockestra Theme," featuring an assemblage of guest stars that included Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd; John Bonham and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin; Pete Townshend of the Who; Ronnie Lane, once of the Small Faces; Gary Brooker, once of Procol Harum; and Hank Marvin of the Shadows.
- Fred Bronson, The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, Billboard, 1988.
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