Following the Beatles’ breakup in 1970, Paul McCartney and his bruised reputation formed a new band with his new wife Linda. Wings came out of the gates with two poorly received albums, but hit gold with the theme song to the James Bond movie “Live and Let Die.” The following album, “Band on the Run,” was a critical and commercial success, cementing Wings’ status as one of the 1970s’ biggest bands, despite widespread criticism of Linda’s limited vocal abilities. Wings’ success also largely smoothed over McCartney’s negative post-Beatles image in the eyes of some critics. The band was dissolved in 1980 following the murder of John Lennon. —Jeff Royer
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