Maybe I'm Amazed

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"Maybe I'm Amazed"
Song by Paul McCartney from the album McCartney
Released 17 April 1970
Recorded 22 February 1970
Genre Rock
Length 3:49
Label Apple
Writer Paul McCartney
Producer Paul McCartney
McCartney track listing

"Maybe I'm Amazed" is a song written by Paul McCartney that was first released on his 1970 album McCartney. McCartney dedicated the song to his wife, Linda, who had helped him get through the break-up of the Beatles.

A live performance by McCartney's later band Wings from its 1976 tour of America was released as a single. It became a top-ten hit in the United States and reached number 26 in the United Kingdom.[1][2] The original studio version from McCartney has never been released as a single.

History[edit]

McCartney wrote the song in 1969, just before the Beatles' break-up. He credited his wife Linda with helping him get through the difficult time.[3] Although most of his debut solo album was recorded at his farm in Scotland, McCartney recorded "Maybe I'm Amazed" entirely in EMI's Number Two studio in Abbey Road in London, where he was mixing "Every Night".[4] He played all the instruments: guitars, bass, piano, organ and drums. Although McCartney declined to release the song as a single in 1970, it nonetheless received a great deal of radio airplay worldwide,[4] making it one of his most recognisable solo successes.[citation needed] A promotional film was made, comprising still photographs of McCartney, his wife Linda and stepdaughter Heather,[4] which first aired in the UK on 19 April 1970 on ITV in its own slot, and as a part of an episode CBS Television's The Ed Sullivan Show.[5]

The original studio version of the song finished with a fade instead of a full ending, but McCartney later composed an ending that can be heard on the live versions of the song. McCartney first performed this live with Wings, in Châteauvallon, France, on 9 July 1972.[6] During his guest appearance in The Simpsons episode Lisa the Vegetarian, McCartney says to Lisa and Apu "If you play Maybe I'm Amazed backwards, you'll find a recipe for a ripping lentil soup", which can be heard in the background when the song is played during the closing credits to the episode.

Later release[edit]

"Maybe I'm Amazed"
Single by Wings
from the album Wings over America
B-side "Soily"
Released 4 February 1977
Format 7" single
Recorded 1976
Genre Rock
Length 5:11
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Wings singles chronology
"Let 'Em In"
(1976)
"Maybe I'm Amazed"
(1977)
"Mull of Kintyre"
(1977)
Music sample

A live recording from the 1976 album Wings over America was released as a single by McCartney's band Wings[3] on 4 February 1977 and reached number 10 in the US on the Billboard pop charts,[7] and number 28 in the UK.[8] Versions of the song can be heard on several other live McCartney albums including Back in the U.S. and Back in the World. "Maybe I'm Amazed" has become a centrepiece of McCartney's concerts, along with "Band on the Run" and "Live and Let Die", live versions of the song are available on the 2011 reissue of McCartney'.

Aftermath[edit]

Regarded as one of McCartney's finest love songs, it achieved the number 338 position in the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list compiled by Rolling Stone magazine in November 2004, and is the only solo McCartney song to make the list.[9] In a late 2009 Q&A with journalists held in London to promote his live album Good Evening New York City, McCartney said "Maybe I'm Amazed" was "the song he would like to be remembered for in the future".[10]

Personnel[edit]

"McCartney" studio version

"Wings Over America" live version

Covers[edit]

London based band Fickle Pickle released Maybe I'm Amazed as a single[11] in August 1970[12] and had a Top 40 hit with it in the Netherlands the following year.[13]

The Ronnie Lane & Rod Stewart led Faces featured this song on their 1971 album Long Player, and McCartney based his ending on their version. Carleen Anderson released a version as a single in 1998 and was released on her album Blessed Burden. The Welsh singer Jem did a cover of this song which was included in Music from the OC: Mix 2 soundtrack in 2004. Marc Cohn covered this song on his 2010 album Listening Booth: 1970. Black Oak Arkansas covered this song at a 1976 concert on the album King Biscuit Flower Hour 1976.

Sandie Shaw's version was released in February 1971 on Pye Records.

In 2000, contemporary Christian artist Bryan Duncan covered the song on his album Joyride.

In 2006, Neal Morse covered the song on his album Cover to Cover.

Dave Grohl and Norah Jones together performed a version of the song during the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors ceremonies as a tribute to 2010 honoree Paul McCartney who was seated in the President's Box alongside First Lady Michelle Obama and fellow 2010 honoree Oprah Winfrey.

On the ninth season of American Idol, contestant Crystal Bowersox sang this song. On the tenth season, James Durbin sang the song as a part of the Top 13 week's theme "Your Personal Idol". He stated that McCartney was his idol. On the thirteenth season, the song was sang again by Caleb Johnson on Top 4 week and on the final.

On the 27 May 2011 the official Paul McCartney YouTube channel held a "Maybe I'm Amazed Cover Competition" where users would submit video responses of themselves covering the song, the winner being the user whose video gained the most 'likes'. On 28 June 2011, YouTube user "Troubleclef" was named winner of the contest.[14][15]

Scottish-American hard rock vocalist Terry McDermott sang the tune during the 2012 season of the NBC musical program The Voice.[16]

The song is also covered in the 2012 movie Joyful Noise.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul McCartney Charts and Awards". allmusic. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney Songfacts". songfacts.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c "Paul McCartney: Maybe I'm Amazed | The Beatles Bible". beatlesbible.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, ed. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076. 
  6. ^ "Song - Paul McCartney". paulmcartney.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  8. ^ Calkin, Graham (200). "Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed". jpgr.com. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  9. ^ The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time [dead link], Rolling Stone November 2004, and is the only solo McCartney song to make the list.
  10. ^ The song Paul McCartney would like to be remembered for dead link, Época magazine article on the 2009 press Q&A (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ Fickle Pickle at Discogs
  12. ^ Fickle Pickle, Maybe I'm Amazed at 45cat.com
  13. ^ Chart history at Top40.nl
  14. ^ Winner announcement on Paul McCartney Website 28 June 2011 official website update
  15. ^ Troubleclef's cover of "Maybe I'm Amazed" on YouTube
  16. ^ http://www.rickey.org/terry-mcdermott-maybe-im-amazed-the-voice/

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