Today in Music: 4/17/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: McCartney, the debut solo album by Paul McCartney, was released April 17, 1970, on Apple Records. Recorded during a period of depression, conflict, and confusion surrounding the eventual breakup of The Beatles, McCartney was an ode to “home, family and love”. Paul McCartney made the record in secrecy while in exile after John Lennon’s private announcement in a band meeting that he wanted a “divorce” from The Beatles. Upon release, the album was met with a less than enthusiastic response, with many blaming Paul for the band’s demise. Reviewers criticized the album as half-finished and under produced. Although panned by critics, McCartney benefited from the publicity surrounding the disbanding of The Beatles and ultimately reached number one on the US album chart. Paul McCartney performed the entire album by himself, apart from occasional vocal contributions from his wife, Linda McCartney. Additionally, photos by Mrs. McCartney were featured throughout the album’s packaging. #mccartney #paulmccartney #applerecords #home #family #love #johnlennon #thebeatles #usalbumchart #lindamccartney #debutalbums #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory

One thought on “Today in Music: 4/17/19

  1. I was not alive then, but retroactively I have to say the critics blew it. It must have been too small and strange an album, too much of a departure from The Beatles’ work. But my God! Maybe I’m Amazed and Every Night on one album? That’s worth the price of admission right there! Not to mention That Would Be Something, Junk, Momma Miss America, Man We Was Lonely…the creativity absolutely poured out of Paul McCartney and it has continued to for fifty years!

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