It was McCartney’s first new album in four years, and followed his work on The Beatles’ Anthology project.
The album was well received by critics, and peaked at number two in the UK, his highest new entry since 1989’s Flowers In The Dirt. It was held off the top spot by the Spice Girls’ debut album Spice.
Its US release was three weeks after the UK’s, on 27 May 1997. As a result, many American fans bought imported copies, affecting McCartney’s first-week sales. As in the UK, Flaming Pie peaked at number two, again held off the top by the Spice Girls.
The album also went top 10 in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Spain. It was certified gold in Japan, Norway, the UK and US.
Flaming Pie was nominated for Album of the Year at the 1998 Grammy Awards, although it lost out to Bob Dylan’s Time Out Of Mind.
Also on this day...
- 2012: Paul McCartney live: Estadio Omnilife, Guadalajara, Mexico
- 1999: Recording: Try Not To Cry by Paul McCartney
- 1972: UK single release: Mary Had A Little Lamb by Wings
- 1969: Recording: Something
- 1969: US single release: Get Back
- 1968: Mary Hopkin appears on Opportunity Knocks
- 1966: Recording: I’m Only Sleeping
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1958: John Lennon photographed in Liverpool
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