Goodnight Tonight

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"Goodnight Tonight"
Single by Wings
B-side "Daytime Nighttime Suffering"
Released 23 March 1979
Format 7", 12"
Recorded October 1978
Genre Rock, disco
Length 4:15 (7")
7:14 (12")
Label Parlophone, EMI, Columbia
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Certification BPI (UK) Silver 1 May 1979[1]
RIAA (US) Gold 15 May 1979[2]
Wings singles chronology
"London Town"
(1978)
"Goodnight Tonight"
(1979)
"Old Siam, Sir"
(1979)
Alternative covers
French 7-Inch single cover

"Goodnight Tonight" is a single by the band Wings notable for its disco-inflected sound and spirited flamenco guitar break. It peaked at number five in both the United Kingdom and United States during 1979. The track did not appear on Wings' then-current album Back to the Egg (from which sessions this song was recorded); it was later included on the 1987 McCartney compilation, All the Best!. The 7" version was released as a bonus track on the 1993 reissue of McCartney II. The B-side of this single was "Daytime Nighttime Suffering". An extended version of the song appears on a digital iTunes re-issue of Back to the Egg.

Recording[edit]

"Goodnight Tonight" began as an instrumental backing track McCartney had recorded in 1978. Needing a single for Wings to accompany the Back to the Egg album, McCartney took out the track and brought it into the studio, where the full Wings line-up completed it.[3] Laine and Juber added electric guitars, mirroring Paul's parts and Holly added percussion, while the whole band sang in the chorus.[4] Since the track was over seven minutes long, an edited version was used as the single, with the full version available as a 12-inch single. A music video was made for the song, showing Wings performing in 1930s costumes; stills from the video were used on the single's sleeve. In the US, the single was the first released under McCartney's new deal with Columbia Records. In the UK, it was McCartney's first post-Beatle release on Parlophone.[5]

Charts and reception[edit]

"Goodnight Tonight" was an international hit, reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the UK Singles Chart.[6][7] John Lennon, McCartney's former songwriting partner, later commented that he did not care for the song, but enjoyed McCartney's bass guitar on the single.[3] The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.[8]

References in popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in the 2010 film Grown Ups.

Track listings[edit]

7" single (R 6023)
  1. "Goodnight Tonight" - 4:15
  2. "Daytime Nighttime Suffering" - 3:19
12" single (12 YR 6023)
  1. "Goodnight Tonight" (Long Version) - 7:15
  2. "Daytime Nighttime Suffering" - 3:19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Certified Awards Search". BPI. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  2. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-10-12. 
  3. ^ a b Madinger, Chip; Easter, Mark (2000). Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions. p. 246. 
  4. ^ Luca Perasi, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013), L.I.L.Y. Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-88-909122-1-4, pp.169-170.
  5. ^ "Goodnight Tonight b/w Daytime Nighttime Suffering". Graham Calkin's Beatle Pages. Retrieved 29 August 2009. 
  6. ^ "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  8. ^ "riaa.com". riaa.com. Retrieved 2012-09-01.