On the Wings of a Nightingale

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"On the Wings of a Nightingale"
On the Wings Nightingale Everly Bros.jpg
Single by The Everly Brothers
from the album EB 84
B-side"Asleep"
ReleasedAugust 1984 (1984-08)
RecordedMay 1984
Genre Pop
Length2:34
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Paul McCartney
Producer(s) Dave Edmunds
The Everly Brothers singles chronology
"Not Fade Away"
(1973)
"On the Wings of a Nightingale"
(1984)
"The First in Line"
(1985)

"On the Wings of a Nightingale" is a song written and composed by Paul McCartney and recorded by the Everly Brothers in 1984 for their album EB 84, which Dave Edmunds produced.

Background

Paul McCartney had written the song specifically for the Everly Brothers and played guitar on the recording. [1] The track was included as the first track on the duo's 1984 album EB 84. "On the Wings of a Nightingale" become their most popular song since 1970 and reached number 50 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Music video

The video made to accompany the song shows the brothers rescuing a classic car (specifically, a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible) from a junk yard, restoring it (in a series of shots that compress an unknown number of weeks, or months, into 35 seconds of video time) to drivable condition, then finally taking it out for a spin.

Charts

Chart (1984–85) Peak
position
Belgium ( Ultratop) [2] 12
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 10
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 39
Germany [3] 50
Netherlands [4] 3
New Zealand [5] 48
South African Singles Chart [6] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 50
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles [7] 49
UK 41

Cover versions

The Spongetones recorded a version for their 2000 Odd Fellows album. [8] Apple Jam also recorded three versions for their 2012 On the Wings of a Nightingale EP.

McCartney's own version still exists, strictly as a demonstration recording; it remains unreleased as of 2020.[ citation needed]

References

  1. ^ Grow, Kory (January 8, 2014). "Paul McCartney Pays Tribute to 'Hero' Phil Everly". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  2. ^ "The Everly Brothers - on the Wings of a Nightingale - ultratop.be". Ultratop.
  3. ^ "The Everly Brothers - on the Wings of a Nightingale - ultratop.be". Ultratop.
  4. ^ "The Everly Brothers - on the Wings of a Nightingale - ultratop.be". Ultratop.
  5. ^ "The Everly Brothers - on the Wings of a Nightingale - ultratop.be". Ultratop.
  6. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (E)". rock.co.za. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Hot Country Songs 1944–2012. Record Research, Inc. p. 113. ISBN  978-0-89820-203-8.
  8. ^ "Odd Fellows". Amazon. 2000.