Wings’ fifth album, Wings At The Speed Of Sound, was released in the United States on 22 March 1976.
Wings At The Speed Of Sound spent seven non-consecutive weeks at number one in the US, holding off the new Beatles compilation Rock ‘N’ Roll Music. It spent a total of 51 weeks on the charts.
The commercial success was helped by the singles ‘Silly Love Songs’ and ‘Let ’Em In’, both of which were huge hits. ‘Silly Love Songs’ was issued in April 1976, with ‘Cook Of The House’ on the b-side. It peaked at number two in the UK but topped the US charts, and became one of the biggest-selling singles of the year.
‘Let ’Em In’ was issued in June in the US, and the following month in the UK. It appeared at a time when Wings At The Speed Of Sound was beginning to slip down the charts, but its success helped to boost sales further. The single reached number two in the UK and number three in the US.
Also on this day...
- 2012: Paul and Linda McCartney’s Ram to be reissued
- 1971: US single release: Power To The People by John Lennon
- 1967: Recording, mixing: Within You Without You
- 1965: Travel: Austria to England
- 1965: US album release: The Early Beatles
- 1963: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster
- 1963: UK album release: Please Please Me
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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