New Book On Beatles Producer George Martin Out Soon

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A soon-to-be-published book on George Martin offers a glimpse at how George Harrison felt "curtailed" by Paul McCartney in The Beatles.

Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin -- The Later Years, 1966 – 2016 offers the inside story on the recording of "Hey Jude" in July 1968.

Author Kenneth Womack quotes Martin's recalling how Harrison "sought refuge in the control room after McCartney rebuffed his suggestion that his lead guitar part echo McCartney’s lyrics in a call-and-response fashion. For his part, Harrison felt the sting of McCartney’s rejection."

The book also details how Martin added a 36-piece orchestra to "Hey Jude." The ace producer said, "By putting an orchestra on you could add lots of weight to the riff by counter chords on the bottom end and bringing in trombones, and strings, and so on until it became a really big tumultuous thing." But he still had reservations about the nearly seven-minute song. "Even when we’d finished, I was terrified because it was so darn long." 

"Hey Jude" went on to become The Beatles most successful single ever in the U.S., spending nine weeks at number-one.

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