Chapter

“… and you know I’m going straight for your heart …”

Jon Burlingame

in The Music of James Bond

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199863303
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979981 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199863303.003.0019
“… and you know I’m going straight for your heart …”

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John Barry's successor was American-born, London-based Michael Kamen, whose recent success as composer of action films Lethal Weapon and Die Hard (and his understanding of contemporary rock, having worked with Eric Clapton, Queen and Pink Floyd) made him perfect for the job. Music supervisor Joel Sill suggested Kamen, and later recruited producer Narada Michael Walden to co-write a title song for R&B legend Gladys Knight; he also recruited top film songwriter Diane Warren to write an end-title song for Patti LaBelle. Kamen did not enjoy the experience; his planned collaboration with Eric Clapton and original “Bond Theme” guitarist Vic Flick failed, and his own attempts at a title song were not taken seriously. The Knight song performed well in the U.K., but the end-title song actually had much more success three years later when Celine Dion recorded a cover of it and it reached no. 4 in the U.S.

Keywords: Michael Kamen; Eric Clapton; Vic Flick; Joel Sill; Gladys Knight; Patti LaBelle; Celine Dion; Licence to Kill; If You Asked Me To; Narada Michael Walden; Diane Warren

Chapter.  3665 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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