Goodnight Tonight

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"Goodnight Tonight"
Wings - Goodnight Tonight.jpg
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
Wings singles chronology
"London Town"
(1978)
"Goodnight Tonight"
(1979)
"Old Siam, Sir"
(1979)
Alternative covers
French 7-Inch single cover
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.

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.[1] Laine and Juber added electric guitars, mirroring Paul's parts and Holley added percussion, while the whole band sang in the chorus.[2] 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.

Release[edit]

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 McCartney compilations All the Best! (1987) and Wingspan: Hits and History (2001). The 7" version was released as a bonus track on the 1993 remastered CD of McCartney II, as part of The Paul McCartney Collection. 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.

Charts and reception[edit]

"Goodnight Tonight" was an international hit, reaching number five on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.[3][4] 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.[1] The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies.[5]

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

Chart performance[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Madinger, Chip; Easter, Mark (2000). Eight Arms To Hold You: The Solo Beatles Compendium. Chesterfield, MO: 44.1 Productions. p. 246. 
  2. ^ Luca Perasi, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013), L.I.L.Y. Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-88-909122-1-4, pp.169-170.
  3. ^ "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Australian Chart Book". Austchartbook.com.au. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  7. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  8. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  9. ^ "Official Charts". www.officialcharts.com. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2015). The Comparison Book. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-89820-213-7. 
  11. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-15. 
  12. ^ "Top 100 Singles of 1979" (PDF). Record Mirror. London: Spotlight Publications. January 5, 1980. p. 30. Retrieved September 27, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Pop Singles". Billboard. New York: Billboard Publications Inc. December 22, 1979. p. TIA-10.