New York, Nov 25 : Canadian composer David Foster has revealed in his aptly named memoir "Hitman" the big egos of the stars that he has met.
He named the memoir so because of the many chart-toppers he's delivered to Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion and Josh Groban, among others, and also because of his skill at knifing a star with a huge ego.
In the memoir, the producer with 15 Grammies calls Paul McCartney "one of those musicians who needed to be reminded of his greatness."
According to him, collaborating with the Beatle legend was "a little like being on a bad date. Ten bad dates, maybe."
Frank Sinatra, who once walked into a studio where an entire orchestra had been waiting for him, was an even worse act according to Foster.
"(Frank) took a look ... then turned and walked out. 'No,' he said. 'Not today'," the New York Daily News quoted him as saying.
Foster, 59, recalled another incident when he was chastising Canadian singer Neil Young.
"I remember busting (Neil Young) for singing out of tune, and he shot back, 'Hey, man! That's my sound!'" he said.
Invited to work with Madonna shortly after she'd made "Truth or Dare", Foster told her that he didn't care for the film's guy-on-guy kissing.
"If that bothered you, you're too square for me," she told him.
"You represent everything I'm trying to change," she had added.
Most beguiling of all he revealed was late Princess Diana, who told him she was a bad princess.
"I told her some wild stories and ... she laughed in all the right places. She was very charming and seductive," he said.
"She told me at one point, resting her bejeweled hand on my arm and batting her eyes, 'Fergie has the reputation for being the bad one in the family, but she's not. I'm the bad one'," he added.