It was 48 years ago today (June 8th, 1974) that Paul McCartney & Wings' “Band On The Run” hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100, topping the charts for one week. The song marked McCartney's third post-Beatles chart-topping single, following 1971's “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” and 1973's “My Love.”
By that point, McCartney's chart-success was way ahead of his former-bandmates, with a total of eight solo U.S. Top Ten hits under his belt, with John Lennon only scoring two, George Harrison with three, and Ringo Starr coming closest with a total of five American Top Ten smashes.
Band On The Run, which was McCartney's fifth solo album, was his biggest post-Beatles critical and commercial success, was mired in trouble before it began production. While Wings was rehearsing the new material in Scotland during the summer of 1973, guitarist Henry McCullough quit the band after an argument with McCartney over how a solo should be played. Then — just prior to the band leaving for Lagos, Nigeria to record the album — drummer Denny Seiwell phoned McCartney saying that he too was quitting.