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- Aug 18, 2014
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- Maine, USA
SKF NOTE: Here’s the back story on my interviews with Joe English which began in 1980 and concluded years later. During his music career Joe played with some excellent bands — including his own. But he is perhaps best known for the music he made playing drums with Paul McCartney and Wings.
I’ve isolated from the full interviews Joe’s comments about his time with Paul McCartney. From his audition until Joe chose to leave the band and move back permanently to the United States.
Mostly this Q&A is verbatim. In a few brief spots our conversation veered away from McCartney and Wings. For clarity I’ve edited out those sidetracked moments.
Finally, I decided to post Joe’s recollections in two parts.
Joe English: No audition. Tony Dorsey met me in Nashville. He was with McCartney at Allen Toussaint's studio, Sea-Saint. He said, "Man, I want you to have this gig."
I said, "Tony, I don't know the material." And then I went right into a recording situation -- which I hadn't hardly been doing any of.
Tony said, "Don't worry. You just watch me." He was the arranger and was sort of directing the date. He stood in front of the drum booth and gave me every cue: when to stop, when to hit accents.
Scott K Fish: There were no [drum] charts?
JE: I didn't read. We went ahead and did it and I guess my concept of playing was different. McCartney liked it and it jelled. So we went to New Orleans, and then to Los Angeles, to mix the album at Wally Heider [Studios]. And McCartney asked me to join the band.
That didn't take much thought. I said, "Yes sir. I'll take the job."
I eventually had an apartment over in London. I was going back-and-forth, spending some time over there and some time at home.
When I moved to England we started to get into some heavy recording. The on-the-scene experience and the skill I got in recording with McCartney -- hour upon hour, into the early morning, working at the board with him, recording and learning recording techniques -- that was really fun. I couldn't have asked for a better guy to work with for learning what songs are about, and learning what recording in the studio is about.
Full post https://scottkfish.com/2020/05/20/joe-english-making-music-with-paul-mccartney/