It was 45 years ago this week that Paul McCartney & Wings' “Silly Love Songs” began its five-week stand topping the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. The track, which was the lead single to the band's 1976 chart-topping Wings At The Speed Of Sound album, was McCartney's 11th post-Beatles Top 10 hit, and his fifth chart-topper. Back home in Britain, “Silly Love Songs” stalled at Number Two.
To the chagrin of most fans, McCartney re-recorded an “updated” version of the '70s classic with Toto's Steve Lukather and Jeff Porcaro for inclusion in his 1984 box office bomb, Give My Regards To Broad Street.
Paul McCartney's record-breaking “Wings Over The World” tour, which coincided with the Wings At The Speed Of Sound album and “Silly Love Songs” single, marked “Macca” as the oldest rock star at the point to go full-throttle on the road, and saw Paul and wife Linda McCartney hitting the road with all four of their daughters in tow: “Well, I don't know how you raise 'normal' children' in any kind of atmosphere, y'know, really. We just try our best and they seem pretty normal to me. Y'know, at about 18, I'd kind of look at these 25-year-old fellas and think, 'Woo — dear me! Passed it, y'know?' And, of course when you get to 25, you see 30 as that one, and then when to get to 30, you see 35 as that one. And when you get to 34, which I almost am. . . I can't believe it myself, I mean, y'know, that's what I almost am.”