By Steve Marinucci
Nigel Sinclair — producer of The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years — told Billboard that Tuesday’s (Dec. 6) news that the Ron Howard-directed movie was nominated for best music film at the 59th annual Grammy Awards is a great ending to the story of making the film.
“Working with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Ron Howard was the experience of a lifetime. Getting nominated for a Grammy on top of that is just completely over the top. We [the producing team] are all honored,” Sinclair said in a phone interview from London. “Ron and all the producers were very encouraged that we found a story to tell that was fresh and wasn’t the same story that people had heard. We found a way to shine a light on this extraordinary adventure with a slightly different emphasis and find some new truths for a new generation.”
Besides the Beatles film, the Grammy nominations also had good news for Paul McCartney, whose deluxe edition of the Tug of War reissue from Concord Music is up for best boxed or special limited edition package.
In addition, two projects covering songs by The Beatles and Paul McCartney also will be in the running for awards. John Daversa’s album Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles on the BFM Jazz label was nominated as best large jazz ensemble album, along with two tracks taken from it: “Do You Want to Know a Secret,” which features Renee Olstead, for best arrangement, instrument and vocals, and “Lucy in the Sky (With Diamonds)” for best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella. Also, the Timo Mass-James remix of the Paul McCartney and Wings song “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” on Casablanca/Republic Records will compete for best remixed recording.
The Grammy Awards will air at 8 p.m. ET on Feb. 12 on CBS.
Sinclair told Billboard he is unaware of any plans for a follow-up to Eight Days, “But I’m just happy to have worked on this. We thought the film we made was complete in itself. It explained the journey of the touring years and asked the question of why did it come to an end. Both the commercial response to the film and the creative response has been powerful. We’re really, really grateful for that. It’s what Ron struggled to do, and looks like people think it worked.”