In the last week, I’ve asked two people with heavy influence why Wings weren’t in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. One was the CEO of The Hall, Greg Harris, and he very politely declined to answer, preferring to focus on the just-nominated candidates for the Class of ’23. Fair enough. The other was Denny Laine, who not only co-founded Wings with Paul and Linda McCartney, but who is already a member, inducted as a founder of The Moody Blues. Denny did the same, suggesting I ask Paul about that since it’s “his baby.”
That may be true, but the albums Wings released, in the period of Paul’s career from 1971-1979, stand out as some of his finest work, and it was the chemistry, both musical and personal, that helped keep the band’s sound fresh and always entertaining.
There IS precedent here. In 2012 the Hall inducted The Comets (Bill Haley’s band), The Crickets (who backed Buddy Holly) and The Miracles (Smokey’s group), so Wings would certainly fit along nicely next to those incredible bands.
To further prove my point, here are 12 (13) songs released during Paul’s Wings period that should cement this band into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame history: