Recording the intro of "Tug Of War"

Sunday, December 7, 1980 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Tug Of War Official album.
Timeline More from year 1980
National Indoor Tug Of War Championships

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At the version start of the “Tug Of War” album (and therefore of the “Tug Of War” song), there is the sound of people grunting as part of a real tug of war – a popular sporting event since ancient times. This sound has been recorded on that day, during the National Indoor Tug Of War Championships in Huddersfield, by Eddie Klein, McCartney’s personal sound engineer.

From – National Indoor Tug of War Championships 2019 Results

Last updated on May 9, 2020

Songs recorded


Tug Of War

Written by Paul McCartney



Production staff

Eddie Klein:
Recording engineer

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