Song: “My Love” by Paul McCartney & Wings
Reached #1: June 2, 1973 (their first, 4 weeks)
Previously: Day 141
It’s interesting, really… while John Lennon was criticized for allowing his love for Yoko Ono to “break up the Beatles”, Paul McCartney’s equally-close relationship with Linda Eastman never caught the same kind of notice.
They met in 1967 – Linda was in London on a photography assignment, as she was a rising star in the world of rock photography, and the Beatles were ramping up publicity for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. While there was apparently an immediate attraction, it was a year before they were in the same place again (spring 1968 in New York for the Apple Corps announcement). Things moved quickly from there – she moved to London in September 1968, they married in March 1969, and daughter Mary turned up in August.
It is said that the McCartneys never spent a day apart from their wedding in 1969 to Linda’s death from breast cancer in 1998. We know they spent a lot of time together in Wings, even though Linda didn’t start out as a musician.
Paul taught her keyboards, worked with her on her singing voice, and made it clear that she was going to be part of his music post-Beatles no matter what anyone else had to say about it.
By 1973, Linda had enough experience that the worst of the criticism had subsided – although you have to figure there was some comment about the fact that Wings’ first major hit single was Paul’s love song to her. The song was the lead single from Red Rose Speedway and became not only Wings’ first US #1, but a gold single and arguably one of the defining songs of McCartney’s post-Beatles career.
Tomorrow, a song that became its singer’s trademark… one that was written by an ill-fated singer/songwriter.
Other songs that reached #1 on June 2:
1956 – “Moonglow/Theme from ‘Picnic’” by Morris Stoloff and the Columbia Pictures Orchestra (their first, 3 weeks, Disk Jockeys chart)
1962 – “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles (his third, 5 weeks)
1979 – “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer (her second, 3 weeks)
2001 – “Lady Marmalade” by Christina Aguilera, Li’l Kim, Mya, & Pink (Aguilera’s fourth, 5 weeks)