"The Family Way" sessions

c. November 1966 • For Paul McCartney

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the The Family Way - Original Soundtrack Recording (2011) Official album.

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Since the mid-1960s, McCartney had been keen on accepting film commissions. His maiden assignment, the soundtrack for Roy and John Boulting’s The Family Way, marked the first solo foray by any of the Beatles. But when it came to doing the actual work, McCartney was nowhere to be found, leaving the indefatigable Martin to jumpstart the project. Eventually McCartney came through with what his producer admitted was the germ of “a sweet little fragment of a waltz tune,” the basis of “Love in the Open Air,” and Martin was off to the races. “If it sounds like it was done in a hurry,” Martin later pointed out, “it’s because it was done in a hurry.” It would be McCartney who would earn an Ivor Novello Award for Best Instrumental Theme for his work on The Family Way.3

Womack, Kenneth. Solid State (pp. 56-57). Cornell University Press. Kindle Edition.

English singer, songwriter and musician Paul McCartney in a studio to record 'The Family Way', November 1966. At the back is cellist Therese Motard. Composed for the film of the same name, 'The Family Way' is considered by many to be the first Beatles solo album. A photoshoot for The Sunday Times.
English singer, songwriter and musician Paul McCartney in a studio to record ‘The Family Way’, November 1966. At the back is cellist Therese Motard. Composed for the film of the same name, ‘The Family Way’ is considered by many to be the first Beatles solo album. A photoshoot for The Sunday Times.
English singer, songwriter and musician Paul McCartney in a studio to record 'The Family Way', November 1966. At the back right, in a white shirt, is arranger and producer George Martin, and on the far left is cellist Therese Motard. Composed for the film of the same name, 'The Family Way' is considered by many to be the first Beatles solo album. A photoshoot for The Sunday Times.
English singer, songwriter and musician Paul McCartney in a studio to record ‘The Family Way’, November 1966. At the back right, in a white shirt, is arranger and producer George Martin, and on the far left is cellist Therese Motard. Composed for the film of the same name, ‘The Family Way’ is considered by many to be the first Beatles solo album. A photoshoot for The Sunday Times.
English singer, songwriter and musician Paul McCartney in a studio to record 'The Family Way', November 1966. Composed for the film of the same name, 'The Family Way' is considered by many to be the first Beatles solo album. A photoshoot for The Sunday Times.
English singer, songwriter and musician Paul McCartney in a studio to record ‘The Family Way’, November 1966. Composed for the film of the same name, ‘The Family Way’ is considered by many to be the first Beatles solo album. A photoshoot for The Sunday Times.
English singer, songwriter and musician Paul McCartney (left) in a studio to record 'The Family Way', November 1966. Centre, in a white shirt, is arranger and producer George Martin. Composed for the film of the same name, 'The Family Way' is considered by many to be the first Beatles solo album. A photoshoot for The Sunday Times.
English singer, songwriter and musician Paul McCartney (left) in a studio to record ‘The Family Way’, November 1966. Centre, in a white shirt, is arranger and producer George Martin. Composed for the film of the same name, ‘The Family Way’ is considered by many to be the first Beatles solo album. A photoshoot for The Sunday Times.
From Facebook – December 1966 – Photo by Brian Duffy © (https://www.duffyarchive.com/)

Last updated on January 1, 2022

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