Paul McCartney

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The Christmas Song
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Pipes of Peace
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reggae
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1968 Christmas Song
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1969 Christmas Song
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Paul McCartney, Frog Chorus - We All Stand Together
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Wonderful Christmastime
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Jingle Bells
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Factfile - Paul McCartney
  • Wonderful Christmastime, peaked at number 6 in the UK in 1979.
  • Nominated for a Ivor Novella award, Pipes of Peace (1983), was McCartney's first solo Number 1 in the UK. In the US the A-Side ("Pipes of Peace") was reversed with the B-side("So Bad").
  • We All Stand Together (aka 'The Frog Song') was recorded for the soundtrack to Rupert The Bear in 1984.
  • In 2012 McCartney covered The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) for Starbucks compilation Holidays Rule

Paul McCartney has proven over the years that the Christmas spirit was alive in him and even though his former band the Beatles gave us plenty of Christmas records they were very much cut and paste affairs with little in the way of complete Christmas songs apart from 'Christmas Time Is Here Again'. The Beatles festive output consisted of fanclub releases that came out on flexi disc throughout the 1960's and McCartney made a couple of significant contributions on the 1968 and 1969 editions. His 1968 Christmas song appeared in an abridged form on the flexi disc which is a shame as it has the hue of a gentle half idea that was worth pursuing. The production is as rough as a demo but this is a really lovely 90 seconds. McCartney's 1969 song was a lot more focused and intent on wishing everyone a good time over the holidays. Again the song in its entirety didn't make the cut for the final release but it can be heard here in all its glory.  

Paul McCartney recorded his first official solo Christmas record ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ while moonlighting away from his band at the time Wings. The year was 1979 and although the song was seen as an abomination by many McCartneyites (if only they'd flipped over to the b-side for the instrumental 'Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reggae' that McCartney kindly put his name to they'd have given up on him completely) that famous synthesiser opening line has endured throughout the years and continues to earn the singer almost half a million in royalties annually as Christmas rolls around.

‘Wonderful Christmastime’ may have infiltrated all the best Christmas parties over the years but Paul McCarthy was never likely to ever recreate such an inspirational moment as 1983’s ‘Pipes of Peace’. With a tune that was perfectly synced to a heartfelt video depicting the short truce that took place on Christmas Day 1914 between British and German soldiers during the First World War here was Christmas song with a genuine historical context (and how often can you say that?). The song itself is quite a complex composition especially in its early parts where the beat up orchestral parts segue into a contemplative McCarthy and piano alone together. The Beatles would certainly have been proud of openings like that. ‘Pipes of Peace’ became McCarthy’s first solo number one and was nominated for an Ivor Novella award, eventually losing out to the Police’s ‘Every Breath You Take’ that year.

A year later and Paul McCartney was again in the charts at Christmas and once again the purists were frothing at the mouth with ‘We All Stand Together’. Recorded for the soundtrack to the animated movie ‘Rupert The Bear’ it saw McCartney joined by the Frog Chorus who croaked ever so melodiously. Despite its obvious charm and appeal to youngsters McCartney’s ‘We All Stand Together’ was always going to suffer with the stiff competition provided by Band Aid’s ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ and Wham’s ‘Last Christmas’.

Paul McCartney would reprise his Christmas self many years later in 2012 for a Starbucks Christmas compilation called ‘Holidays Rule’. His loungey and intimate version of Nat King Cole’s ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)’ was a restrained joy with only McCartney and a piano for company it highlighted how genius never really leaves the best in the business.

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Paul McCartney, Pipes Of Peace (1983)

Paul McCartney Christmas Album & Single Covers

Paul McCartney Christmas Kisses (The Christmas Song)
Paul McCartney Pipes Of Peace
Paul McCartney Rudolph The Red Nosed Reggae
Paul McCartney We All Stand Together (With The Frog Chorus)
Paul McCartney Wonderful Christmastime
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