51 Weeks: 51 Songs From The Past: Week 51: Paul McCartney & Wings – Mull Of Kintyre

Welcome to our final trip in Hugh’s music time machine for this year. We started off nearly a year ago when ABBA sang a song for us which many of us will hear being played at this time of the year. We’ve witnessed some strange music videos and visited many years of music gone by from 1953 to 2016. I even allowed three guests, Niki, Steve, and Donna, to take control of the music time machine. My thanks to them for all doing a splendid job of sharing their choices of songs with us.

51 weeks 51 songs from the past posterThis week, our final trip will take us to the year 1977 and to another song which I always associate with the New Year. We’ve also landed in a part of the UK that celebrates the New Year like no other does. In fact, they even get an extra bank holiday to carry on with the celebrations. Bagpipes at the ready, let us welcome Paul McCartney and Wings…

The inspiration for Mull Of Kintyre comes from Paul being lucky enough to own a property on the southwesternmost tip of the Kintyre Peninsula (formerly Cantyre) in southwest Scotland. Who can blame him for wanting to spend time in this beautiful part of the world? The song became the groups biggest hit in Britain where it spent nine weeks at the number one spot (including being the number one Christmas single) on the UK charts.

Featuring a Scottish bagpipes band, although many claimed that the song is somewhat subdued, it went on to sell over two million copies in the UK. It also peaked at number one on the singles charts of another eight countries including Austrailia.

Despite its international appeal, the song was not a significant hit in North America, where the flipside “Girls’ School” received more airplay and reached number 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 34 on the Canadian RPM charts.

For this final week of the feature, share a favourite song that you’d like to hear being played on New Year’s Eve by leaving a link to it in the comments section.

I’d like to thank everyone who has either joined in by leaving links to their favourite songs in the comments sections or who have published posts sharing their favourite songs on their blog. A big thank you to Barbara and Kat who both published posts from last week’s featured song. It’s been an incredible 51 weeks, and I’ve enjoyed sharing my favourite tunes with you all.

In the New Year, Hugh’s music time machine will be back in a new role. I hope you will enjoy the journeys I will take you on and hope you will keep me company on the new trips I have planned. I will also be joined by some special guests for many of the weeks the new feature runs. I’m looking forward to welcoming them all and to also introducing them to you.

All that now remains for me to say is to wish you all a Happy and Successful New Year.

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