The album was mostly recorded during the sessions for 1982’s Tug Of War, and contained two collaborations with Michael Jackson.
Pipes Of Peace was not a commercial success. It peaked at number four in the UK, but did manage to spend a total of 23 weeks in the album chart. Its highest worldwide placing was in Norway, where it topped the VG-lista albums chart.
In the US it only managed to reach number 15, but was certified platinum. It marked the beginning of McCartney’s commercial slide in America; his next top 10 album wasn’t until 1997’s Flaming Pie.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Kings Theater, Brooklyn, New York
- 2012: Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sells for £307,500
- 2011: Paul McCartney commissions restoration of Motown piano
- 1988: USSR album release: Choba B CCCP by Paul McCartney
- 1969: UK single release: Something/Come Together
- 1968: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
- 1967: Filming: Magical Mystery Tour
- 1966: Mixing: Paperback Writer
- 1964: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Ipswich
- 1963: Travel: Stockholm to London
- 1961: Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
- 1956: Paul McCartney’s mother Mary dies
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