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Friday, July 20, 2018

Yeah, I did it, I bought it, you know I did . . . . 

 . . . . .whether it's uncool now or not I bought this one when it came out and it may have been one of last as I turned off the Wings sound round about Rockshow time and Magneto and Titanium man proved a step too far . . . but have returned to him since [last time I counted I had forty albums down in the vaults past the dungeon and over by the ha-ha! You know where . . . . . . . . ]

On this day in music history: July 19, 1975 - “Listen To What The Man Said” by Wings hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written and produced by Paul McCartney, it is the fourth US solo chart topper for the former Beatle. Following the huge critical and commercial success of “Band On The Run” during 1974, Paul McCartney once again looks for another change of locale to record the follow up. Prior to the sessions, guitarist Jimmy McCullough (formerly of Thunderclap Newman) and drummer Geoff Britton are added to Wings’ line up. The band begin recording the track at songwriter and producer Allen Toussaint’s Sea Saint Studios in New Orleans in early 1975. Unsatisfied with the initial results, they rework parts of the track at Wally Heider Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The single also features saxophonist Tom Scott and guitarist Dave Mason playing on the track. “Listen To What The Man Said” is the first single released from the bands fourth album “Venus And Mars” on May 16, 1975. Entering the Hot 100 at #65 on May 31, 1975, it climbs to the top of the chart seven weeks later. “Listen To What The Man Said” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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