On this day in music history: January 30, 1972 - Paul McCartney will write and record “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” with Wings in response the “Bloody Sunday” massacre in Northern Ireland in which thirteen unarmed civil rights protesters are shot and killed by British Army soldiers. Of Irish decent himself, McCartney feels moved to comment on the shocking and tragic incident. The track is recorded at Island Studios in London two days after it’s written on February 1, 1972. It is the first Wings track to feature new lead guitarist Henry McCullough, formerly of The Grease Band (singer Joe Cocker’s backing band). Initially, EMI Records will refuse to release the song, feeling that is “too inflammatory”, but will issue it at McCartney’s insistance. The single will be released a month later on February 25, 1972 (US release date is on February 28, 1972) and is immediately banned from airplay by the BBC, Radio Luxembourg, and the Independent Television Authority. The original 45 will be released with a custom label with five green shamrocks printed across the top, and packaged in a bright yellow die cut sleeve with the band name printed on the front and back. In spite of the ban, it will hit #1 in Ireland, peaking at #16 on the UK singles chart, and #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. Originally released as a stand alone single only, “Give Ireland Back To The Irish” will be included as a bonus track on the CD reissue of Wings’ first album “Wings Wild Life”.