In the 1970s, Wings were a commercial success, particularly in America, where they scored six number one singles. Band on the Run (1973) was critically acclaimed and is generally accepted as Paul’s post-Beatles high point (although 1971’s RAM gives it a good run for its money).
When Wings ‘folded’ (a Macca gag), Paul’s success continued in the early 1980s as a solo artist. 1982’s Tug of War was his ‘best since Band on the Run‘ (a common refrain) and singles like ‘Say Say Say’, ‘Ebony and Ivory’ and ‘Pipes of Peace’ were reaching number one on the pop charts in America and/or the UK.
The late Eighties saw Paul’s commercial fortunes finally dip somewhat and hit singles became a thing of the past. However, after a decade off, McCartney started touring again and he has wowed crowds with setlists packed with Beatles tunes for over 30 years now.
He has continued to release solo albums to mixed reviews, although every now and again he comes out with a corker like Flaming Pie, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. Now in his late Seventies, Paul’s still producing music and only last year issued McCartney III, which reached number one on the UK album charts.