Wings - June 13, 2014

1970 was a difficult year for music, mostly because the Beatles were no longer together.  The four members went off in different directions.  Paul McCartney, with his wife Linda, started their own band that they called Wings.  Although some Beatles die-hard fans and critics were less than enthusiastic for the new band, Wings did quite well for themselves.  1972 brought the popular title track for the James Bond film Live and Let Die, and the next year's release of Band On the Run proved a big hit.  

By 1976, Wings was a veteran outfit, with the release of their fifth album Wings at the Speed of Sound.  Again, critics did not adore the album, but fans did.  Included on the track list were popular hits "Let 'Em In," "Silly Love Songs," as well as nine others.  Wings made two more albums after ...At the Speed of Sound, after which point McCartney went solo.  You will a copy of this record on display in our Music Room.

QUESTION:  Which band member did not sing on ...At the Speed of Sound?

a)  Paul McCartney

b)  Linda McCartney

c)  Denny Laine

d)  Jimmy McCulloch

e)  Joe English

f)  None of the Above

Answer Below


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Answer:  f)  None of the Above.  Of course.  How often is an "f" option ever included, let alone as a 'none of the above'?  Every member of the band sang on every album.  It was very important to Paul McCartney that they all had an equal opportunity.