Sunday, July 21, 2013

Wings Wonderful Christmas Time

Wings Will Get You in the Holiday Spirit

Wings Christmas
"Having a Wonderful Christmas Time."
Yes, it's a Wings Christmas-time! Paul McCartney and Wings doing Wonderful Christmas Time are in fine form. This is from 1979, the final incarnation of Wings.
Wings Christmas
This is the time of "Wonderful Christmas Time," which isn't really a Wings song (it's actually a Paul McCartney solo tune), though they did the video for it. Basically, Paul McCartney went off, did "Wonderful Christmas Time" on his own, then hired his band to make a video for his song.
Lind McCartney
Linda McCartney hard at work
Here is the video, which is quite good, especially for pre-MTV.
Is "Wonderful Christmas Time" a "Wings" song? Only sort of. Paul wrote it and performed it alone while doing the same with "McCartney II." However, "Wonderful Christmas Time" was not on "McCartney II."
Wings Christmas
Paul McCartney and Wings filmed "Wonderful Christmas Time" at an inn somewhere in West Sussex, England.
Wings Christmas
Keeping the rights completely to himself was a shrewd business move, as "Wonderful Christmas Time" became seasonal that still gets airplay to this day during the holiday season.
Wonderful Christmas Time
"Wonderful Christmas Time" has earned Paul a ton of money, supposedly around $15 million (and growing). "Wonderful Christmas Time" did not appear on any Wings albums until the 1993 reissue of "Back to the Egg."
Wings Christmas
Putting "Wonderful Christmas Time" on "Back to the Egg" was a weird choice since by rights it should go on "McCartney II." However, because of the Wings band members in the video and the fact that this was released well before "McCartney II," people naturally associate "Wonderful Christmas Time" with Wings instead of Paul's solo material.
Wonderful Christmas Time
In that sense, "Wonderful Christmas Time" is in the same boat as early hits like "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," which had absolutely nothing to do with Wings, but which many people always consider a Wings tune.
Paul Linda McCartney
Either you enjoy "Wonderful Christmas Time" or you don't. Many prominent artists have covered it, including Amy Grant, Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Chicago, so it can't be that bad. It is just a fun song, nothing profound. "Wonderful Christmas Time" makes the holiday charts in Billboard every year, usually in the low teens. It's a perennial and continues to sell. The general public enjoys it, so it continues to be played every year, starting at Thanksgiving and ending on Christmas.
Wings Christmas


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