….oh, like gravy…down to the last drop!

“She’s My Baby” was released in the early spring of 1976, on Paul McCartney & Wings’ fifth studio album, Wings At The Speed Of Sound. I bought every solo Beatle record when they were released, and I used to love to think about each of the songs as it might have sounded if it had been recorded by The Beatles…where the synergy and dynamic of those four forces combined…..this little track (It’s Paul in a kinda “When I’m 64”, kinda “Your Mother Should Know”, kinda “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” mode) was another of my favorites from Wings At The Speed Of Sound. It’s the third track I’ve done for one of the lesser known diamonds on that record, along with “Warm And Beautiful”, and “San Ferry Anne”. Paul must truly dream melody like no one else!

After a series of concerts in Australia in November 1975, Wings took a break from the tour to spend the holidays with their families and in January 1976 booked time at Abbey Road Studios in London to record Wings at the Speed of Sound. It was the first time McCartney had recorded an album in England since Red Rose Speedway. Due to the tour commitments, Wings were not afforded the opportunity to record in another locale. By the end of February, the album was complete, and Wings went back on the road.

Around the time of the studio sessions for Wings at the Speed of Sound, McCartney was facing criticism for Wings simply being a vehicle for himself. He encouraged each of the band members to contribute a song during the sessions, though this would become one of the reasons for the criticism of the album. McCartney had previously attempted to create a democratic album in Red Rose Speedway, though it would be rejected by his record label.

Engineer Peter Henderson later commented, “I remember one of my first engineering jobs, working with Paul McCartney on Wings at the Speed of Sound — he’d do two vocal takes and ask, ‘Which is the better one?’ And when he played guitar, he’d really lean into it and give it everything he got.” Two tracks (“The Note You Never Wrote” and “Warm and Beautiful”) were arranged by Fiachra Trench.

Wings at the Speed of Sound was released in late March 1976 and received somewhat lukewarm critical reviews. Rolling Stone’s reviewer saw this record as something of a concept album, describing it as “A Day with the McCartneys”. The introduction, “Let ‘Em In”, is sometimes perceived as an invitation for the listener to join the McCartneys on this fantasy day, with explanation of their philosophy (“Silly Love Songs”), a lunch break (“Cook of the House”), and a chance to get to know McCartney’s friends (Denny Laine in “The Note You Never Wrote”, Jimmy McCulloch in “Wino Junko”, etc.).[6]

The album went to number 2 in the United Kingdom (and was the 4th best-selling album of 1976). It became McCartney’s most successful American chart album, spending seven unconsecutive weeks at number 1 throughout the summer (and blocking The Beatles’ then-new compilation Rock ‘n’ Roll Music, which reached number 2).

Much of the album’s success can be attributed to its two smash singles. “Silly Love Songs”, a response to his critics and one of McCartney’s biggest hits, followed the album in April, and became one of 1976’s biggest-selling singles. This was followed in July with “Let ‘Em In”, which also scaled the singles charts. Amid all this, Wings finally went to North America for the Wings Over America Tour, playing McCartney’s first shows there for ten years (after The Beatles’ last tour in 1966) to euphoric reaction; a few selections from Speed of Sound were included.

Wings band member Denny Laine covered “Time to Hide” and “The Note You Never Wrote” in 2007 on his album Performs the Hits of Wings.

As usual, HUGE THANKS to everyone who’s art made this new art possible (especially Russell Patterson for his classic “Where there’s smoke there’s fire” art-deco illustration!)..THANK YOU!

[Lyrics]
My baby, she comes out at night,
she’s takin’ me by surprise,
She’s my baby.
Like gravy, down to the last drop,
I keep mopping her up
Oh yeah, she’s my baby.

She’s my baby in the morning time,
when the sleep is in her eyes,
and the world is waking up,
she has a rhythm,
oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’;
She’s a woman.

She’s a lady in the evening time,
when the stars are in the sky,
that’s the time she changes back into a kitten,
oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’.

She’s my baby.
She’s my baby in the morning time,
when the sleep is in her eyes,
and the world is waking up,
she has a rhythm,
oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’;
She’s a woman.

She’s a lady in the evening tiem,
when the stars are in the sky,
that’s the time she changes back into a kitten,
oh believe me, I ain’t lyin’.

Ooh, like gravy,
sown to the last drop,
I keep moppin’ it up,
moppin’ it up, yeah,

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