George Martin: 20 Great Non-Beatles Productions

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Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson, "Say Say Say" (1983)

Martin produced the entirety of Paul McCartney's 1983 Pipes of Peace album, and recording that LP's biggest hit in 1982 would provide his first encounter with Michael Jackson — just before the release of the record-breaking Thriller. Sir George was impressed. "He actually does radiate an aura when he comes into the studio, there's no question about it," the producer said of the superstar. "He's not a musician in the sense that Paul is, but he does know what he wants in music and he has very firm ideas." The song became Jackson's third Number One single that year. K.H.

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