It was 41 years ago today (May 20th, 1978) that Paul McCartney & Wings scored their fifth Number One hit with “With A Little Luck.” The song, which McCartney and the band began recording the previous year on a yacht docked in the Virgin Islands, was featured as the lead single from Wings’ London Town album. “With A Little Luck” was McCartney’s only major hit of 1978 and was able to temporarily break Barry Gibb‘s songwriting and production toe-hold on the Number One spot, which he and his brothers and bandmates, Andy Gibb and the Bee Gees, dominated throughout the year.
“With A Little Luck” knocked the Bee Gees-written Yvonne Elliman hit “If I Can’t Have You” out from the top spot and held the Number One position for two weeks, breaking Barry Gibb’s already 15-week run at the top spot with songs he wrote and co-produced. “With A Little Luck” was knocked from Number One by Johnny Mathis and Deneice Williams‘ “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late.”
Wings, which at that time was pared down to just Paul and Linda McCartney, Denny Laine and new drummer Steve Holly, filmed a promotional video for the song in late March, reuniting McCartney with Michael Lindsey-Hogg, who had directed the Beatles‘ 1970 movie Let It Be.