Roots

photograph of the band "Wings" in concert

for the Weekly Prompts Weekend Challenge of 30 January 2021, wings.

I grew up in Liverpool and for sixty years, the name has been synonymous with The Beatles. Long after they left the city. they remain a focal point, there are tours around any landmarks with even the vaguest connection, the last time I visited a hotel had even opened to play on the name.

Like it or not, these men are idols, so it is no surprise that the city followed them closely, even after the band had split up. Love them or hate them, they were impossible to ignore.

Wings was Paul McCartney’s “project” after that split. Just doing the research for this prompt, it was a project that spanned 10 years, although there were multiple changes in the lineup. They were often referred to as “Paul McCartney and Wings”, as though they were his backing group, so whether this was just McCartney’s “pet” band, I don’t know.

Put the two together. McCartney was probably my least-favourite of the Beatles, but I was certainly aware of his activities. I was aware of Wings. And they did some not-bad music as I was growing up. Here’s one.

Author: Mister Bump UK

Designed/developed IT systems in finance, but had a stroke in 2016, aged 48. Returned to developing mainly health-related software from home, plus some voluntary work. Married, with a grown-up, left-home daughter.

17 thoughts on “Roots”

  1. Although a cockney Londoner from Bethnal Green, I grew up with the Beatles in the background in the sixties, but must admit I have never been to Liverpool. For us Londoners it was “up north”, almost a foreign country. I think the farthest North I had ever been was Blackpool for an annual working class holiday with mum and dad.

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  2. Most people born in Liverpool ram that fact down your throat, so yours is an unusual perspective. The Beatles remain my favourite ‘pop’ band, although I prefer heavier stuff like Led Zep and Deep Purple. The Band on the Run album is one of the better solo efforts by the band members after they split. Thanks for the memory Pete.πŸ™‚

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    1. McCartney was certainly the most prolific, but I thought that very little of what he has done (even inside the Beatles) had any gravitas. But he certainly knows how to write a pop tune – he was a billionaire last time I looked.

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  3. Aw, man. When we chat, can you please use your liverpool accent? πŸ˜‰ Of course, I hope we’re not going to be enemies when I inform you that Lennon was the best Beatle. πŸ™‚

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