Saturday, 22 May 2021

"SILLY LOVES SONGS" : THE BIGGEST CHARTING SONG IN 1976

“Silly Love Songs,” released as a single in March 1976, he crushed the silly and sublime together. Paul was rewarded with the biggest charting song of the year.
 

 


By the mid-’70s and the release of “Silly Love Songs,” McCartney had become the bigger solo artist. He’d also worked hard to make Wings a real band, rather than simply a vehicle for his solo work. At the Speed of Sound, the album that featured “Silly Love Songs,” gave his bandmates room to step into the spotlight as lead singers and songwriters.

Wings was on the road for his first U.S. tour since the Beatles' final trek in 1966 when At the Speed of Sound was released, and the platinum-selling LP jumped to No. 1. By then, “Silly Love Songs” had already knocked “Boogie Fever” out of the top spot on May 22, 1976, beginning a run of five non-consecutive weeks at the top.
 
At this point, the disco craze in full swing, as Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady," the Bee Gees' "You Should Be Dancing" and other dance floor jams dominated the charts. Diana Ross’ “Love Hangover” bounced “Silly Love Songs” out of the top slot on May 29 but Wings’ tune wouldn’t be denied, returning to the No. 1 spot the following week. It would go on to be the biggest charting tune of the year.
This song also isn’t coy about its mission statement. McCartney sings it clearly: “You’d think that people would’ve had enough of silly love songs / But I look around me, and I see it isn’t so. Some people want to fill the world with silly love songs / And what’s wrong with that?”
 
“Over the years people have said, ‘Aw, he sings love songs, he writes love songs, he's so soppy at times,’” he told Billboard in 2009. “I thought, Well, I know what they mean, but people have been doing love songs forever. I like 'em, other people like 'em, and there's a lot of people I love. I'm lucky enough to have that in my life. So the idea was that ‘you may call them silly, but what's wrong with that?

“The song was, in a way, to answer people who just accuse me of being soppy,” he added. “The nice payoff now is that a lot of the people I meet who are at the age where they've just got a couple of kids and have grown up a bit, settling down, they'll say to me, ‘I thought you were really soppy for years, but I get it now! I see what you were doing!’”
 
 
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