|Single by Paul McCartney and Wings|
|Released||26 October 1973|
|Recorded||August–September 1973, EMI Studios, Lagos, Nigeria|
|Genre||Glam rock, power pop|
|Songwriter(s)||Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney|
|Wings singles chronology|
The song was released as a single (with "Country Dreamer" on the B-side) prior to Band on the Run and was not included on the British release of the album. However, Capitol Records vice president of promotion Al Coury persuaded McCartney to include it on the American release. The song peaked at number 10 in the United States on 12 January 1974 and at number 12 in the United Kingdom charts.
In the book Paul McCartney In His Own Words published in 1976, McCartney said:
"Helen Wheels is our Land Rover. It's a name we gave to our Land Rover, which is a trusted vehicle that gets us around Scotland. It takes us up to the Shetland Islands and down to London. The song starts off in Glasgow, and it goes past Carlisle, goes to Kendal, Liverpool, Birmingham and London. It's the route coming down from our Scottish farm to London, so it's really the story of the trip down. Little images along the way. Liverpool is on the West coast of England, so that is all that means."
The promotional film clip was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (who also directed The Beatles' final movie Let it Be) and shows McCartney singing and playing his left-handed Rickenbacker 4001 bass, Linda playing a Minimoog synthesizer and singing backing vocals Denny Laine playing his Fender Telecaster and singing backing vocals while additional footage shows McCartney doubling on drums and lead guitar in place of departed members Denny Seiwell and Henry McCullough, both of whom quit the band prior to the sessions for Band on the Run, and the trio in a car.
- Paul McCartney – lead vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums
- Linda McCartney – backing vocals, keyboards
- Denny Laine – backing vocals, guitar
- "Paul McCartney singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
- "Official Charts: Paul McCartney". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2011-10-13.
- Gambaccini, Paul (1976). Paul McCartney: In His Own Words. New York: Flash. p. 80. ISBN 0825639107.
- Dylan, Kiss, others cover McCartney on new tribute
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