My Love (Paul McCartney and Wings song)
"My Love" is a love song by Paul McCartney and Wings; it was written by Paul McCartney as a tribute to his first wife Linda. Released on 23 March 1973, the song was a number one single, spending four weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the most successful track from the Paul McCartney and Wings album Red Rose Speedway (1973).
|Single by Paul McCartney and Wings|
|from the album Red Rose Speedway|
|B-side||"The Mess (Live at the Hague)" (recorded on 21 August 1972)|
|Released||23 March 1973 (UK)|
9 April 1973 (US)
|Studio||Abbey Road, London|
|Paul McCartney and Wings singles chronology|
McCartney invited Richard Hewson, with whom he had worked before while with the Beatles, to arrange the orchestral accompaniment for "My Love". The song was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with Hewson conducting a 50-piece orchestra. According to Hewson's recollections, a large number of takes were performed, as the guitar solo was different every time. It contains a guitar solo by the Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough, then part of the Wings line-up. McCartney said in 2010 about the solo:
|“||I'd sort of written the solo, as I often did write our solos. And he walked up to me right before the take and said, 'Hey, would it be alright if I try something else?' And I said, 'Er... yeah.' It was like, 'Do I believe in this guy?' And he played the solo on My Love, which came right out of the blue. And I just thought, Fucking great. And so there were plenty of moments like that where somebody's skill or feeling would overtake my wishes.||”|
"My Love" was released as a single in March 1973, reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the UK Singles Chart. The song also went to number one on the Easy Listening chart, remaining in this position for three weeks. "My Love" was ranked at number five on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1973 chart. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies.
A promo for the song was shot with the band surrounded by smog in a den with a ceiling window. This promo used an alternate McCartney lead vocal, not heard on any other release of the song. Recent remasters of this promo use the standard album version.
The song was re-released on several albums.
- Wings compilation album Wings Greatest (1978)
- Paul McCartney compilation album All the Best! (1987)
- Paul McCartney compilation album Wingspan: Hits and History (2001)
- Paul McCartney compilation album Pure McCartney (2016)
- McCartney Archive Collection: 'Red Rose Speedway' (2018)
"My Love" has been covered by several vocal artists, including Nancy Wilson, Craig Lembke, Johnny Gill, Cher, Brenda Lee, Cass Elliott, Margie Joseph, Salena Jones, Mina, Shinehead, Andy Williams, Warren Hill, and Dottie West. There have also been three jazz instrumental cover versions, by Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones, Pieces of a Dream (from 1996 album The Best Of Pieces of a Dream), and Michael Lington (from 2004 album Stay With Me).
In 1974 Lincoln Mayorga included an instrumental version on his LP Lincoln Mayorga & Distinguished Colleagues – Volume III, on the esoteric audiophile label Sheffield Lab, naming the track "The Perfect Song".
An instrumental of the song can be heard during Monica and Chandler's wedding in the American sitcom Friends.
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