Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by alphanguy, Jan 29, 2016.
Next is "My Love" by Paul McCartney and Wings, #1 from May 27 - June 23, 1973.
Such a beautiful song. It was No. 1 for weeks.
The opening of Hot Child resembles the opening of Honky Tonk Woman.
I was in a grocery store once & heard it over the PA system. I thought it was the other song.
Much like the openings of Thunder Island (Jay Ferguson, 1977) & The Rolling Stone's Start Me Up (1981).
It's easy to confuse the two songs, as their openings sound similar.
"My Love" is not a song that I go out of my way to listen to but the guitar solo is tasteful and it fits the music beautifully.
I liked it immediately. And, to the horror of Paul/Beatles fans everywhere, it really is the one song that made him a top 40 solo artist.
Not to distract from the discussion of "My Love", but, he also had another hit single on the charts at this same time: "Live And Let Die".
I’m a huge McCartney fan, including his post-Beatle career, but I’ve never been a fan of “My Love.” IMO, the only thing that redeems it is the guitar solo.
“Live and Let Die” hit Number 1 on Cash Box & Record World, but stalled at Number 2 on Billboard. It was also one of the songs that Clear Channel tried to ban from their stations after 9-11. Fantastic song, 2nd greatest Bond song (after Goldfinger - sorry Paul but he’s the man with the Midas Touch...a spider’s touch)
I know I liked My Love a lot more in the 70s and it's not like I hate it or anything, it just doesn't seem as interesting these days. If not for the guitar solo I'd say it's downright plodding. But it did solidify Paul's MOR status despite several Beatles tunes already qualifying in that respect. Sure, he did let his rock freak fly with the next couple of albums but he was definitely challenging Elton for the title King Of Pop during the next 3 years.
I think “My Love” is great, one of McCartney’s best. Maybe that’s b/c I was too young to have have Beatles-level expectations. But I’ve always liked it. I’m a little surprised it only reached #9 on the U.K. charts.
My Love isn't bad. I sometimes get it running through my head even though I haven't listened to it in literally decades (I think).
Decent song. Little slow for my tastes.
Yeah that guitar riff is the stuff of legend!
Perhaps tellingly, Sir Paul had nothing to do with the solo. Apparently he had a solo in mind, and at the session Henry McCollough asked if he could try something different. Paul said okay, and this was the result. And it's the only part of the song I find especially worthwhile.
If it's any consolation, his next hit, "Live and Let Die", was #2 for three weeks and was blocked by a different song for each of those three weeks. What goes around comes around.
Yep, 4 weeks certainly seems excessive for this song. Point of fact, starting with the next #1, it will be a long slog through the next 3 or 4 years as a great many tunes will only notch one or two weeks at the top until around '78. Strap yourselves in folks and get comfortable, it's gonna be a long ride.
"My Love" was the last single from 'Macca' with a "custom" label design, dating to "Give Ireland Back To The Irish," given his oft-publicized and well-known distaste for Allen Klein. Not long after "My Love" was released, Klein's (and ABKCO's) contract with Apple ran out. "Live And Let Die" was his first single on the regular full / sliced apple design since "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey." (This change was reflected in the back covers of Apple LP's. From 1970 to 1973, Apple's address was listed as 1700 Broadway [the HQ of ABKCO Industries]; in its last two years of existence, the address was cited as Capitol's New York outpost of 1370 Avenue of the Americas.)
'Twas also the second song with that title in the Hot 100 era to top the charts - after the wholly different song by Petula Clark, whose U.S. chart fortunes by the time of this had gone way down south.
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I don't hate My Love, but I do hate the "Whoa whoa whoa whoas" that permeate the track. Other than that, it's a perfectly good love song with a killer guitar solo. I never thought it was one of Paul's best singles, and the album it's from is pretty dismal (except for Big Barn Bed, which is one of my favorite Macca deep tracks).
I became an even bigger fan after seeing him perform My Love. Love the live version.
I love the melody and sentiment of "My Love." I used the version from Working Classical in my wedding ceremony:
Beautiful song. One of my favorites from Paul's solo years.
"My Love" has a good melody but it's not Macca's finest hour as a lyricist - lazy moon/June rhymes, bad grammar ("does it good") and the aforementioned "whoa whoa whoa whoa"s.
But what a magnificent guitar solo!
Henry McCullough was on another huge 1973 release ... Dark Side Of The Moon. He appears on "Money". Not as a musician - he's the bloke at the end saying "I don't know, I was really drunk at the time".
We're finally at the big Hot 100 methodology change of 6/9/73, with it's heavier emphasis on airplay.
Get ready for the infamous mid-70s #1 revolving door!
My Love may be MOR muzak, but it is as personal and heartfelt as anything off John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. This is Paul doing what he does, singing about Linda, the love of his life. Seeing him do this on the Driving Rain tour, with pictures of Linda on the screen behind him, was fairly devastating.
The solo is obviously the best part of the record. This was a part of the first real Beatles revival in 1973, when #1s on the singles and/or LP chart for the band and three of their members happened in quick succession.
And of course, after a couple years in the comparative sales wilderness, this is the record that made Paul and Wings a commercial juggernaut for the 70s. And I think that is a good thing. See you next year, Paul!
Good lord, I bought this single in 1973 and never knew it was a number one song until today (been away for a few days and I'm catching up on the thread). Maybe if I'd known it hit number one I'd have given it a bit more respect over the years. "Frankenstein" still gets a good bit of airplay on radio these days...as I mentioned in an earlier post, I always associate it with another instrumental that was burning up the charts at the same time "Hocus Pocus" by Focus.
Meanwhile, over in England...
Back at the end of 1972, David Bowie released another big hit, the Jean Genie (it got to #2 on the British charts). It was the single that preceded his next album, Aladdin Sane, which came out in April, 1973 (so right around the time we are now in!). I love this album. If Ziggy was his sci fi ode to the kids, Sane has always reminded me of decadent European dukes in Weimar Germany. Must be the incredible piano playing by new addition to the backing band Mike Garson.
Anyhoo, remember how I mentioned that the BBC was pretty quick back in the day to scrap their old programs, including countless hours of invaluable music performances? So many of the great TV appearances by 60s stars don't exist anymore; even the big names like the Beatles were not immune (one Beatles performance of Ticket to Ride only exists at all because a few seconds of it appears in a Dr. Who episode (!)).
They kept it up in the 70s. David Bowie appeared on Top of the Pops right after New Year's 1973 to promote Jean Genie. But the clip was one of those that was thrown out, and was unseen for decades, until a miracle occurred. The cameraman who shot the film had employed an unusual fisheye lens effect for the performance, and wanted to keep the clip for his professional reel, kind of a resume for cameramen. And so he did. He kept the video to himself for 38 years, until he came to realize he had the only copy of this performance in existence. At that point he came forward and we all were once again able to see Bowie and the Spiders in their prime. Incredible!
It's not a track I seek out - probably because I've heard it plenty already thru my life - but I can see why it was an enormous hit. Like Stevie Wonder's "You Are The Sunshine..." it's a killer, classic pop melody. The guitar solo is brilliant. And you can hear how this could have gotten play on top 40 pop, rock and even easy listening stations, so the audience was incredibly broad.
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