It was McCartney’s first new album in four years, and followed his work on The Beatles’ Anthology project.
The album was released in the UK on 5 May 1997, and peaked at number two on the albums chart, 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. 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...
- 2015: Paul McCartney live at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham, England
- 2010: Paul McCartney live at Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico
- 1975: US album release: Venus And Mars by Wings
- 1966: John Lennon is filmed with Bob Dylan
- 1964: Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Ringo Starr and Maureen Cox fly to London from the Virgin Islands
- 1963: Live: Capitol Cinema, Cardiff
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: Regal Ballroom, Nairn, Scotland
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