"Mull of Kintyre" is a song written by Paul McCartney and Denny Laine and performed by Wings. The song was written in tribute to the picturesque Kintyre peninsula in Scotland, where McCartney has owned High Park Farm since 1966, and its headland, the Mull of Kintyre. The song was Wings' biggest hit in Britain where it became the 1977 Christmas number one, and was the first single to sell over two million copies nationwide.
Despite its international appeal, the song was not a major hit in North America, where the flipside "Girls' School" received more airplay and reached 33 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 34 on the Canadian RPM charts. "Mull of Kintyre" was not a pop hit at all in the US, but did manage to reach 45 on the Easy Listening chart.
Meanwhile, in Canada, "Girls' School"/"Mull of Kintyre" was initially tracked as a double A-side, and reached 44 on the pop charts before "Mull of Kintyre" was dropped from the chart listings as of January 21, 1978. "Girls' School" continued its chart climb for a few more weeks, reaching 34 in Canada. After the single fell out of the top 40, it was once again tracked as a double A-side (with "Mull of Kintyre" getting first billing) for one week in April, but did it not better its previous 44 chart peak. "Mull of Kintyre" alone (without "Girls' School") did reach 30 on Canada's Adult Contemporary chart.
"Girls' School" is written and produced by Paul McCartney and was released as a double A-side single with "Mull of Kintyre". Accordingly, it was part of the band's sole UK number one, spending nine weeks at the top in December 1977 and January 1978, although in the UK "Mull of Kintyre" was by far the more popular song. "Girls' School" was in complete contrast to its flip side, being an uptempo rock song.
Mull Of Kintyre was my dad's favourite record. He always liked the sound of pipes and drums and I think I got my love of Scotland from him. I have since visited many places in Scotland that he told me were wonderful and I have also been to some places he told me he wished he'd gone to. I once got very near to Paul McCartneys farm on Mull of Kintyre, but unfortunatly I was too ill that day to walk the four and half miles across country to get to the actual tip of the mull and the beach!
I had never realised until today that this was actually a double A sided record! I have never heard 'Girl's School' before so I have discovered something new this year whilst going through the Christmas number 1s!!