The Beatles Top 60 Solo Songs: #1 “Mull Of Kintyre.” Finally the #1 Solo Song from The Beatles. “Mull Of Kintyre” was written by Paul McCartney as a tribute to the Kintyre peninsula in Scotland and its headland, the Mull of Kintyre. Paul had bought a farm back in 1966 the High Park Farm- and had spent a lot of time there over the years. “Mull Of Kintyre” was a huge hit single in the UK- spending 9 weeks at #1 selling 2 million copies and at the time became the best selling single in UK history- beating “She Loves You.” It didn’t even crack the Hot 100 in the US where it was a b-side to “Girls School” which peaked at a disappointing #33.
At the same time in America that Debby Gibson was spending 10 weeks in a row at the Top of the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming the biggest hit ever in America- Wings were doing the same in the UK with ‘Mull Of Kintyre.”
Paul McCartney wrote this with Denny Laine, his bandmate in Wings. The song is a tribute to the Kintyre Peninsula in Scotland where Paul and his wife Linda had a farm. The Mull is the area at the tip of the peninsula, known for its beautiful scenery and tranquil atmosphere. After a difficult breakup with The Beatles, McCartney went there to avoid a nervous breakdown.
I’ve always loved this song- when it came down to it- I rank it a gnats eyelash ahead of “Band On The Run” at #1- maybe the thing that put it over the top was the bagpipes in the song provided by the Campbeltown Pipe Band!