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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  1. A lovely post for New Year’s Eve, Hugh. It was interesting to read your information about this song. I don’t remember either song, even though that is the era when I was most absorbed by music. However, in the small town where I grew up, The radio stations rarely played anything not in the top 20, and wouldn’t play any of those they decreed were immoral… and of course “payola” was going strong. It’s a lovely song, so I’m glad you shared it. Happy New Year.

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    1. Your story reminds me of the local shop where I used to buy all my 7-inch vinyl singles, Teagan. They never sold a record if it was not in the top 40. ‘But shouldn’t you sell them to help them get into the top 40?” says I. “No. We only sell the records that are the best sellers.” came the reply. For a nine-year-old boy, that reply to a perfectly good question has always remained with me. 😀
      Glad you enjoyed my final choice of song for this feature.
      Happy New Year, Teagan. 🎉

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  2. Excellent song, Hugh! Of course I’m a Beatles fan from way back. Yes, one of the crazy teens who desperately wanted to be Paul’s GF. Good thing that I stuck with his music, including Wings. What an artist. Thanks so much, and Happy New Year!

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  3. Mull of Kintyre has always been one of my favorite songs of Paul McCartney. Thank for sharing it again. I wish you a happy and healthy New Year, Hugh! Thank you for all your shared over the past 12 months!!

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  4. Hi, Hugh – I have been following this feature since your very first post and haven’t missed a week! I’m so glad that you will be flying your time machine again next year…and can’t wait to see what form it takes. I loved this final entry for this year — great song choice!
    My favourite NYE song is “Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg. https://www.vevo.com/watch/dan-fogelberg/same-old-lang-syne-(from-live-greetings-from-the-west)/USSM21500356
    Like many songs, it also has a great backstory which you can read about here:
    http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=3506
    Wishing you and your readers a wonderful 2018!

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    1. How strange, Donna. It was only yesterday morning that I first heard your choice of song being played on the radio. And now it appears here. 😀
      Thank you so much for following this feature and for also taking the controls of the music time machine during one of those weeks. You did a fantastic job in entertaining all the passengers onboard.
      Happy New Year to you and your family. ✨

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    1. And I can see why it gives you goosebumps, Judy. It’s a beautiful song and perfect for the beginning of a New Year.
      So glad you’ve enjoyed this feature. Those 51 weeks went by so quickly. It only seems like yesterday that I published the song for week one.
      Happy New Year to you, Judy. ✨

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    1. Thanks, Debby. I loved how the first song on your playlist is the first song I chose for this very feature. Somebody has great taste in music. 😀
      I hope you had a great night of celebration seeing in 2018. Now we’ve a whole new chapter to start. 😀
      Hugs to you.

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  5. Beautiful song! Of course, being in the US, as you stated, I hadn’t heard it. Bag pipes are so mesmerizing to listen to!!!

    I have truly enjoyed this feature, Hugh! Thanks for sharing it with us!! 🙂

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  6. What a beautiful nostaligia trip this was for me! Thank you so much. I fell in love with this song when it came out in 1977 and I remember rushing into my local record shop in South Africa to buy the 7 single. It came in a shiny cardboard sleeve with lovely pictures on it and I played that record so much. I vaguely remember seeing the music video once, because we had only had television in South Africa for two years, and there was only one channel with about five hours of viewing every evening. For us teenagers, pop music had only a single 15-minute slot once a week which we couldn’t wait to see. Thank you for helping me to relive this beautiful song again.

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    1. Thank you for sharing those lovely memories of the song with us, Susan. That’s been one of the best things about this feature in that so many of you have shared lovely memories of music with us.
      Happy New Year to you. ✨

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  7. I haven’t heard this before but it is lovely. I do love bagpipes. I have also loved following your 51 Hits, though I didn’t discover it until the middle of the year. Searching for songs to post brought back so many memories and feelings. Thanks for keeping it going all year. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  8. Sigh, never heard this, surprising, since my old high school had a bagpipe band (Helix High School Highlanders) with a Scottish theme! 1977 was my senior year, and our band played in the Rose Parade (a huge honor!). Lovely song choice, Hugh, and I love bagpipes (got a little Scotch in me–no really!). Happy New Year, Hugh, to your family and look forward to what we will read from your fab blog in 2018!

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    1. Thanks for sharing those memories with us, Terri. We don’t hear the bagpipes being played very much unless it’s New Year. They are always lovely to listen to, although I don’t think I’d have enough puff to play them. 😀
      Happy New Year, Terri. Hope you are having a wonderful time in Hawaii. 🏖 You must have been one of the last people on planet Earth to see in 2018. 🍾

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  9. Well, Hugh, this challenge of the year has been a favorite of mine! Thanks so much for hosting, and I’ll look forward to what you have in store coming up. … I’d never heard this song, and I have to say I love it! I do like bagpipe music, and of course it Paul McCartney! Thanks for showcasing it. … Here’s my entry for the finale: https://wp.me/p3RE1e-4ev

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    1. And thank you for joining in Barbara. It’s been wonderful to listen to your song choices and to also read the memories you shared with us. My new feature will kick off next week and will run for 49 weeks. I hope you enjoy it as much as you have enjoyed this feature.
      Happy New Year to you. ✨

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