Wings’ fifth album, Wings At The Speed Of Sound, was released in the United Kingdom on 26 March 1976.
Wings At The Speed Of Sound spent 35 weeks in the UK album charts, peaking at number two and becoming the fourth best-selling album of the year.
In the US it spent seven non-consecutive weeks at number one, 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. Its success helped to boost sales of Wings At The Speed Of Sound. The single reached number two in the UK and number three in the US.
Also on this day...
- 2012: Paul McCartney live: Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
- 1970: Mixing: The Long And Winding Road, Let It Be, Get Back, Maggie Mae
- 1969: Mixing: Get Back
- 1968: Paul McCartney leaves Rishikesh
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Live: Granada Cinema, Mansfield
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
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