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Paul McCartney Wins 2012 Grammy Award for Best Historical Album

Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney was one among the first winners at the 2012 Grammy Awards Sunday in Los Angeles, snagging the Best Historical Album honor during the pre-Grammy telecast. McCartney won as a compilation producer for the deluxe Paul McCartney Archive Collection edition of his former band Wings’ classic 1973 album, ‘Band On The Run.’ McCartney shared the honor with mastering engineers Sam Okell and Steve Rooke.

The deluxe edition of ‘Band On The Run,’ which dropped in November 2010 in multiple formats, beat out four worthy contenders for the award: ‘Young Man With The Big Beat: The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Masters,’ ‘Hear Me Howling!: Blues, Ballads & Beyond As Recorded By The San Francisco Bay By Chris Strachwitz In The 1960s,’ ‘Syl Johnson: Complete Mythology’ and ‘The Bristol Sessions, 1927-1928: The Big Bang Of Country Music.’ Don’t those all just sound extremely rich in a historical context?

McCartney wasn’t on hand to accept the award, so either Okell or Rooke — to be honest these things happen so quickly during the pre-telecast we didn’t catch which one — accepted in Paul’s place. Either way, both Okell and Rooke won the Grammy in the same category last year, snagging the award for their work as mastering engineers on ‘The Beatles: The Original Studio Recordings,’ a box set compilation featuring all of the remastered stereo recordings by the Beatles.


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