Licence to Kill (song)

"Licence to Kill" is a song by American singer Gladys Knight, written and recorded for the James Bond film Licence to Kill, also from 1989. It was written by Narada Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen and Walter Afanasieff. Released as a single on May 30, 1989, the song became a top-ten hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number six and becoming Knight's last charting solo single there. The song charted well in Europe, peaking atop the Swedish Singles Chart for eight weeks (four chart periods at the time) and reaching the top five in seven other European countries. It also peaked at number 79 on Canada's RPM Top Singles chart but did not appear on the US Billboard Hot 100.

"Licence to Kill"
Licence to Kill (Gladys Knight song).jpg
Standard international artwork (vinyl edition pictured)
Single by Gladys Knight
from the album Licence to Kill soundtrack
B-side"Pam"
ReleasedMay 30, 1989 (1989-05-30)[1]
Recorded1989
Studio
Length5:15
LabelMCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Gladys Knight singles chronology
"Loving On Borrowed Time"
(1986)
"Licence to Kill"
(1989)
"If I Knew Then What I Know Now"
(1990)
James Bond theme singles chronology
"The Living Daylights"
(1987)
"Licence to Kill"
(1989)
"GoldenEye"
(1995)

Track listingsEdit

  • 7-inch single[2]
A. "Licence to Kill" – 4:11
B. "Pam" (performed by Michael Kamen and the National Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • 12-inch single[3]
A1. "Licence to Kill" (extended version)
B1. "Pam" (performed by Michael Kamen and the National Philharmonic Orchestra)
B2. "Licence to Kill"

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Cover versionsEdit

In 2017, musician and producer Fernando Perdomo collaborated with former Pink Floyd backing vocalist and Blue Pearl lead singer, Durga McBroom, recording the song for the multi-artist compilation album, Songs, Bond Songs: The Music of 007.[28]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Licence to Kill (UK 12-inch vinyl disc). Gladys Knight. MCA Records. 1989. MCAT 1339.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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  7. ^ "Top 3 Singles in Europe" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 6, no. 35. September 2, 1989. p. VII. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 6, no. 35. September 2, 1989. p. IV. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
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  18. ^ "Gladys Knight and the Pips Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  19. ^ "Gladys Knight and the Pips Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
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  21. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1989" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  22. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 of 1989" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 6, no. 51. 23 December 1989. p. 6. Retrieved 17 January 2020 – via World Radio History.
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  24. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1989" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  25. ^ "Swiss Year-End Charts 1989" (in German). Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  26. ^ "Year End Singles". Record Mirror. January 27, 1990. p. 44.
  27. ^ "Top 100 Singles–Jahrescharts 1989" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  28. ^ "Songs, Bond Songs: The Music of 007"

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