Peak UK Chart Position: #10 in December 1987.
The fortieth single of Paul McCartney’s solo career, released to coincide with a best-of compilation entitled “All The Best!”. It was planned to be a duet with Freddie Mercury, although Mercury’s other commitments prevented him from doing so. The track did, however, feature Nigel Kennedy on violin, whose career was still pretty much at a fledgling stage at that point – it was 1989 when he was record his version of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” which went on to shift over two million copies and catapult him to fame.
McCartney had scored bucketloads of top ten hits, although this was his penultimate one until his appearance with Rihanna and Kanye West on “FourFiveSeconds” in 2015, which got to number three. He managed his last chart topper in 1989 as part of the Hillsborough fundraising record “Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey” together with Holly Johnson, the Christians, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman. His first solo hit was way back in 1971, when “Another Day” got to number two, and 1983 saw his first truly solo-credited number one in “Pipes Of Peace”.
Top of the Pops on December 3rd 1987 saw his performance of “Once Upon A Long Ago”, which had climbed up to 14 from 23 (where it entered the charts on this day 29 years ago). Also in the studio that week were the Hooters, the Proclaimers, Maxi Priest, and T’Pau at number one. Arguably, this track has a bit of a festive feel about it, and would be a good choice on a compilation of lesser-selected Christmas hits (it was at 21 on the Christmas top forty).
Epic guitar solo too.