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21 July 2021
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Red Rose Speedway album artwork - Wings

Written by: Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
Recorded: 26, 27 January 1973
Producer: Paul McCartney

Released: 23 March 1973

Available on:
Red Rose Speedway
Wings Over America
Working Classical
Paul Is Live
Back In The US
Back In The World
Good Evening New York City

Personnel

Paul McCartney: vocals, electric piano
Linda McCartney: vocals
Denny Laine: bass guitar
Henry McCullough: guitar
Denny Seiwell: drums

‘My Love’ was the lead single from Wings’ second album Red Rose Speedway.

The recording was credited to Paul McCartney and Wings, the first time his name had received top billing alongside the group. See more…

‘My Love’ was inspired by Linda. We’d been together a while and were having a great time, and as I sat down at a piano to follow the muse I was thinking about Linda and the song came. It was nice to be able to say, ‘Here, I’ve written this one for you.’

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21 July 2021
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I can’t believe I never got around to writing about My Love before, considering it’s still such an important song to Paul, or that there hasn’t been a thread on it till now. Anyway, here’s the piece.

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26 July 2021
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arguably Paul’s greatest vocal performance post Beatles depending on what you like. Maybe I’m Amazed we get to hear him wailing, but My Love has those gentle high notes that are just so impressive and comforting. To be honest, this performance is unlike anything that he’d ever done in his whole career. 

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26 July 2021
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The guitar solo is one of of the very best in hi solo work. I can see why Paul was so authoritative when it came to the live performances and he insisted it was played the same way as on the record. It is a beautiful song. 

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Paul’s comments on My Love for You Gave Me The Answer: Celebrating 50 years of ‘Red Rose Speedway’:

I’m very proud of ‘My Love’. This was early days for me and Linda, so it’s a love song to her really. One of the things I was proud of, funnily enough, was that it charted. It sort of did very well. [The ‘My Love’ single reached number one in the US!]

And the other story about the song was Henry McCullough’s guitar solo. We sat downstairs here at Abbey Road to do the take. It was all worked out. We were going to do it live with the orchestra, which was a little unusual, you know – you normally overdub the orchestra. But in the old days Sinatra used to record live with the orchestra. So, we were sitting around, I’m on piano and Henry’s over there in a corner somewhere, and the orchestra’s ready to go. So I’m just about to start. We’d rehearsed and the engineers had got “the sound”. And Henry just sort of wanders over to me and whispers in my ear: ‘I’ve got an idea for the guitar solo. Do you mind if I try it?’ And my mind goes, ‘No!! We’ve got an arrangement! They’re all here ready to go. It could be crap!’ [Laughs] But something just told me to sort of say, ‘Yeah, okay. Go for it!’ And he plays this really signature beautiful solo. So I was glad I said yes! But it was quite the moment, you know. It was like: well, here goes nothing! Then we do the take and I was amazed. I had never heard this solo, it was just something he’d come up with. And it was fabulous.

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Richard said
Paul’s comments on My Love for You Gave Me The Answer: Celebrating 50 years of ‘Red Rose Speedway ’ :

I’m very proud of ‘My Love’. This was early days for me and Linda, so it’s a love song to her really. One of the things I was proud of, funnily enough, was that it charted. It sort of did very well. [The ‘My Love’ single reached number one in the US!]

And the other story about the song was Henry McCullough’s guitar solo. We sat downstairs here at Abbey Road to do the take. It was all worked out. We were going to do it live with the orchestra, which was a little unusual, you know – you normally overdub the orchestra. But in the old days Sinatra used to record live with the orchestra. So, we were sitting around, I’m on piano and Henry’s over there in a corner somewhere, and the orchestra’s ready to go. So I’m just about to start. We’d rehearsed and the engineers had got “the sound”. And Henry just sort of wanders over to me and whispers in my ear: ‘I’ve got an idea for the guitar solo. Do you mind if I try it?’ And my mind goes, ‘No!! We’ve got an arrangement! They’re all here ready to go. It could be crap!’ [Laughs] But something just told me to sort of say, ‘Yeah, okay. Go for it!’ And he plays this really signature beautiful solo. So I was glad I said yes! But it was quite the moment, you know. It was like: well, here goes nothing! Then we do the take and I was amazed. I had never heard this solo, it was just something he’d come up with. And it was fabulous.

  

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Paul’s comments on My Love for You Gave Me The Answer: Celebrating 50 years of ‘Red Rose Speedway ’ :

I’m very proud of ‘My Love’. This was early days for me and Linda, so it’s a love song to her really. One of the things I was proud of, funnily enough, was that it charted. It sort of did very well. [The ‘My Love’ single reached number one in the US!]

And the other story about the song was Henry McCullough’s guitar solo. We sat downstairs here at Abbey Road to do the take. It was all worked out. We were going to do it live with the orchestra, which was a little unusual, you know – you normally overdub the orchestra. But in the old days Sinatra used to record live with the orchestra. So, we were sitting around, I’m on piano and Henry’s over there in a corner somewhere, and the orchestra’s ready to go. So I’m just about to start. We’d rehearsed and the engineers had got “the sound”. And Henry just sort of wanders over to me and whispers in my ear: ‘I’ve got an idea for the guitar solo. Do you mind if I try it?’ And my mind goes, ‘No!! We’ve got an arrangement! They’re all here ready to go. It could be crap!’ [Laughs] But something just told me to sort of say, ‘Yeah, okay. Go for it!’ And he plays this really signature beautiful solo. So I was glad I said yes! But it was quite the moment, you know. It was like: well, here goes nothing! Then we do the take and I was amazed. I had never heard this solo, it was just something he’d come up with. And it was fabulous.

  

Quite a remarkable anecdote!

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Great story about the recording of the solo. The responses from the orchestra to some of those lines fit really well. Hard to believe it wasn’t a part of the arrangement. 

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