George Martin: 20 Great Non-Beatles Productions

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Paul McCartney and Wings, "Live and Let Die" (1973)

­­­When the producers of the eighth Bond installment asked Paul McCartney to record the theme to Live and Let Die, the former Beatle knew just the producer he wanted: A guy he'd worked with in the past and had already recorded his own Bond theme. George Martin not only helped McCartney whip up a suitably cinematic production, he arranged the song's thrilling orchestral break. When Martin played the track for the producers, he was surprised at their response: "Great. Like what you did. Very nice record. Like the score. Now tell me, who do you think we should get to sing it?" Martin diplomatically explained that McCartney did at least as good a vocal job as their suggestion, Thelma Houston, would have. And after successfully lobbying for McCartney's performance, he was hired to create the full musical score for the film – the first Bond picture not soundtracked by John Barry. K.H.

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