It was 40 years ago Sunday (June 28th, 1980) that Paul McCartney's “Coming Up (Live At Glasgow)” began its three-week run on top of the charts. The song was recorded live by McCartney and Wings during their final tour on December 17th, 1979 at the Apollo in Glasgow, Scotland. The live version was actually only intended as the B-Side of the studio version of “Coming Up” — which was the lead single and opening cut from McCartney's 1980 solo set McCartney II.
Although the modern-sounding gimmicky studio version was a smash overseas, U.S. disc jockeys flipped the single over for the normal voiced-live McCartney version — which resulted in Wings' sixth and final chart topper and McCartney's first of three Number One singles of the 1980's. Despite Wings receiving co-billing, “Coming Up” also marks the final time McCartney topped the charts as a “solo” act. His final two Number One's were duets with Stevie Wonder (“Ebony And Ivory” – 1982) and Michael Jackson (“Say Say Say” – 1983).
Incidentally, shortly before his death, McCartney's former partner John Lennon went on record saying how much he loved McCartney's originally studio version of “Coming Up.”