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My Love (Paul McCartney and Wings song)

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"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.[1] Released on 23 March 1973, the song was a number one single, spending four weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[2][3] It was the most successful track from the Paul McCartney and Wings album Red Rose Speedway (1973).

"My Love"
Paul McCartney and Wings - My Love album cover.jpg
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)
Released23 March 1973 (UK)
9 April 1973 (US)
Format7" single
RecordedMarch 1972
StudioAbbey Road, London
Producer(s)Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney and Wings singles chronology
"Hi, Hi, Hi"
"My Love"
"Live and Let Die"
Audio video
"My Love" on YouTube



McCartney invited Richard Hewson, with whom he had worked before while with the Beatles, to arrange the orchestral accompaniment for "My Love".[4] The song was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios with Hewson conducting a 50-piece orchestra.[5] According to Hewson's recollections, a large number of takes were performed, as the guitar solo was different every time.[4][6] 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:[7]


Chart performanceEdit

"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.[12][13] The song also went to number one on the Easy Listening chart, remaining in this position for three weeks.[14] "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.[15]

Music videoEdit

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.

Other releasesEdit

The song was re-released on several albums.

Studio versionEdit

Live versionsEdit

Cover versionsEdit

"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),[29] and Michael Lington (from 2004 album Stay With Me).[30][31]

Harry Connick Jr. covered the song for his album The Art of McCartney (2014), a tribute album to McCartney.[32]

Corinne Bailey Rae released a cover of the song on The Love E.P. (2011).[33]

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.

In 1974 the Hungarian American guitarist Gabor Szabo and some jazz musicians performed the song sang by Kati Kovács on Hungarian Television.[34]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ McCartney: Songwriter ISBN 0-491-03325-7 p. 198
  2. ^ "Hot 100 - Billboard". Billboard. 2 June 1973. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Chart History - My Love - Paul McCartney and Wings". Billboard. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. "Richard Hewson - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  5. ^ Breihan, Tom (8 April 2019). "The Number Ones: Paul McCartney & Wings' "My Love"". Stereogum. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  6. ^ Luca Perasi, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013), L.I.L.Y. Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-88-909122-1-4, p.87.
  7. ^ Doyle, Tom, ed. (October 2010). "Starting over," (Paul McCartney: How I Survived ... the Beatles.)". Mojo. Bauer Media Group (203): 76.
  8. ^ McCartney: Songwriter ISBN 0-491-03325-7 p. 122
  9. ^ McCartney: Songwriter ISBN 0-491-03325-7 pp. 110-111
  10. ^ "Funeral Takes Place of Former Wings Guitarist Henry McCullough". Irish News. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  11. ^ "On the Beat With Denny Seiwell: Talks New Book, Trio, and Drums". 1 April 2016. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Paul McCartney singles". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  13. ^ Rice, Tim; Paul Gambaccini; Jo Rice (1995). British Hit Singles. London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-633-2.
  14. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 163.
  15. ^ "Paul McCartney and Wings - My Love - RIAA Gold Certification". RIAA. 6 July 1973. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  16. ^ "Ultratop Singles". Ultratop. 19 May 1973. Retrieved 28 October 2018.
  17. ^ "RPM Weekly Top Singles - June 23, 1973 (Volume 19, No. 19)". Library and Archives Canada. RPM Weekly (archived). 23 June 1973. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  18. ^ "RPM Weekly Adult Contemporary – June 16, 1973 (Volume 19, No. 18)". Library and Archives Canada. RPM (archived). 16 June 1973. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Dutch Single Top 100". GfK Dutch Charts. 5 May 1973. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  20. ^ "VG Lista - Singles Top 20". VG-lista. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  21. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  22. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  23. ^ "Wings - My Love". UK Singles Chart. UK Official Charts Company. 7 April 1973. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  24. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  25. ^ "Adult Contemporary Chart - Billboard". Billboard. 2 June 1973. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  26. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  27. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  28. ^ "Top Pop Singles" Billboard 29 December 1973: TA-28
  29. ^ "The Best of Pieces of a Dream".
  30. ^ "Stay with Me overview".
  31. ^ "Stay with Me overview". Archived from the original on 28 December 2004.
  32. ^ "Various Artists - The Art of McCartney". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  33. ^ "Corinne Bailey Rae - The Love EP". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 March 2019.
  34. ^

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