Wings’ eighth and final album, Back To The Egg, was released in the United Kingdom on 8 June 1979.
Back To The Egg reached number four on the UK album chart, spending a total of just eight weeks on the countdown – the shortest run of any Wings album.
Three days later it was issued in the US, peaking at number eight. Sales of the album were initially strong, but lacked the momentum to become a chart-topper.
I saw a thing on the telly the other night. It said that there are three million copies of Back To The Egg waiting around in a warehouse, which sounds as if it is the world’s greatest flop. But for any other group to sell a million, which the album has, it is a major success. It is a good album; it’s the band’s first album. Those copies that they didn’t sell were mainly because the record company produced too many. They just thought that it was going to sell in huger quantities and they got stuck with them, which I think is a daft idea anyway. I think they should wait until somebody orders them, and then print them up.
Also on this day...
- 2018: Ringo Starr live at Holland Blues Festival, Grolloo, Netherlands
- 2015: Paul McCartney live at Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 2014: Ringo Starr live at Community Arts Center, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
- 2013: Paul McCartney live at Barclays Center, New York
- 2011: Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and George Martin celebrate five years of Love in Las Vegas
- 1968: George Harrison and Ringo Starr visit Joan Baez in California
- 1968: Paul McCartney is best man at his brother Michael’s wedding
- 1967: Recording: You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
- 1966: Recording, editing: Good Day Sunshine, And Your Bird Can Sing
- 1965: Mixing: I Want To Hold Your Hand
- 1964: The Beatles arrive in Hong Kong
- 1963: Live: City Hall, Newcastle
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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