FLASHBACK: Paul McCartney & Wing's 'Live And Let Die' Peaks On The Charts
Friday, August 17, 2012
It was 39 years ago this week (August 18th to August 25th, 1973) that Paul McCartney & Wings' theme to the James Bond movie Live And Let Die peaked at Number Two on the charts. The song, which followed the recent Number One success of the band's "My Love," was kept from the top spot first by Diana Ross' "Touch Me In The Morning," and then by the Stories' "Brother Louie."
McCartney came about writing "Live And Let Die" through former Beatles producer George Martin, who was the film's musical director and pitched the project to him. McCartney spent a day reading the Ian Fleming novel, and then went about composing the song with help from his wife Linda, who contributed the reggae-tinged middle portion.
Wings drummer Denny Seiwell recalls the speed in which the song was recorded: "'Live And Let Die' was pretty amazing, because we did that track in and out of the studio, with a live 40-piece orchestra, overdubs, mix in three hours at Air London at George Martin's studio. So that was pretty impressive."
Although "Live And Let Die" stalled at Number Two on the Billboard charts, it went on to hit Number One on both the Cash Box and Record World singles charts.
Over the years "Live And Let Die" has become a McCartney concert favorite, with its explosions and pyrotechnics that seem to grow with each tour. The song has been featured on such live McCartney albums as Wings Over America, Tripping The Live Fantastic, Paul Is Live, Back In The U.S. and most recently on Good Evening New York City.
The song was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song from A Motion Picture, but lost to "The Way We Were."
In 2009, "Live And Let Die" was named the top James Bond movie theme. A poll conducted by HMV music stores and the social networking site showed that the tune snagged 23 percent of all the votes.
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