My Love (Paul McCartney and Wings song)

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"My Love"
Paul McCartney and Wings - My Love album cover.jpg
Single by Paul McCartney and Wings
from the album Red Rose Speedway
B-side "The Mess (Live at The Hague)" (recorded on 21 August 1972)
Released 23 March 1973 (UK)
9 April 1973 (US)
Format 7" single
Recorded March 1972
Studio Abbey Road, London
Length 4:07
Label Apple Records
Producer(s) Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney and Wings singles chronology
"Hi, Hi, Hi"
"My Love"
"Live and Let Die"

"Hi, Hi, Hi"
"My Love"
"Live and Let Die"
Music video
"My Love" on YouTube

"My Love" is a love song by Paul McCartney and Wings; it was written by Paul McCartney to his first wife Linda. Released on 23 March 1973, the ballad was a number one single, spending four weeks atop the US Billboard Hot 100 chart,[1][2] and was the most successful track from the Paul McCartney and Wings album Red Rose Speedway (1973).


The song was recorded live with an orchestra at Abbey Road Studios with Richard Hewson conducting. According to Hewson's recollections, a large number of takes were performed, as the guitar solo was different every time.[3][4] It contains a guitar solo by the Northern Irish guitarist Henry McCullough, then part of the Wings line-up. McCartney said in 2010 about the solo:[5]


Chart performance[edit]

"My Love" was also released as a single in March 1973, reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on the UK Singles Chart.[6][7] The song also went to number one on the Easy Listening chart, remaining in this position for three weeks.[8] Billboard ranked it as the number 5 song for 1973. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies.[9]

Music video[edit]

A promo for the song was shot with the band surrounded by smog in a den with a ceiling window. This promo used an alternate McCartney lead vocal, not heard on any other release of the song. Recent remasters of this promo use the standard album version.

Later release[edit]

The song was re-released on several albums.

Studio version[edit]

Live versions[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

"My Love" has been covered by several vocal artists, including Nancy Wilson, Johnny Gill, Cher, Brenda Lee, Cass Elliott, Margie Joseph, Salena Jones, Mina, Shinehead, Andy Williams, Warren Hill, and Dottie West. There have also been three jazz instrumental cover versions, by Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones, Pieces of a Dream (from 1996 album The Best Of Pieces of a Dream),[17] and Michael Lington (from 2004 album Stay With Me).[18][19]

Harry Connick Jr. covered the song for the album The Art of McCartney (2014), a tribute album to McCartney.

Corinne Bailey Rae released a cover of the song on The Love E.P. (2011).

In 1974 Lincoln Mayorga included an instrumental version on his LP Lincoln Mayorga & Distinguished Colleagues – Volume III, on the esoteric audiophile label Sheffield Lab, naming the track "The Perfect Song".

An instrumental of the song can be heard during Monica and Chandler's wedding in the American sitcom Friends.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hot 100 - Billboard". Billboard. June 2, 1973. Retrieved March 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Chart History - My Love - Paul McCartney and Wings". Billboard. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  3. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Richard Hewson - Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Luca Perasi, Paul McCartney: Recording Sessions (1969-2013), L.I.L.Y. Publishing, 2013, ISBN 978-88-909122-1-4, p.87.
  5. ^ Doyle, Tom, ed. (October 2010). "Starting over," (Paul McCartney: How I Survived ... the Beatles.)". Mojo. Bauer Media Group (203): 76.
  6. ^ "Paul McCartney singles". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  7. ^ Rice, Tim; Paul Gambaccini; Jo Rice (1995). British Hit Singles. London: Guinness Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-633-2.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 163.
  9. ^ "Paul McCartney and Wings - My Love - RIAA Gold Certification". RIAA. July 6, 1973. Retrieved April 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  11. ^ "Wings - My Love". UK Singles Chart. UK Official Charts Company. 7 April 1973. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  12. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  13. ^ "Adult Contemporary Chart - Billboard". Billboard. 2 June 1973. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  14. ^ "Australian Chart Book". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-08.
  15. ^ "{title}". Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Top Pop Singles" Billboard December 29, 1973: TA-28
  17. ^ "The Best of Pieces of a Dream".
  18. ^ "Stay with Me overview".
  19. ^ "Stay with Me overview". Archived from the original on 28 December 2004.

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