The Beatles -- ‘Eleanor Rigby’

Eleanor Rigby (2.08)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal; John Lennon: Harmony vocal; George Harrison: Harmony vocal; Viola: Stephen Shingles, John Underwood; Violin: Tony Gilbert, Sidney Sax, John Sharpe, Jurgen Hess; Cello: Derek Simpson, Norman Jones

This classic track went through a number of name changes before Paul settled on a final lyric. ‘Eleanor Rigby’ began life as ‘Ola Na Tungee’ (“Ola Na Tungee/Blowing his mind in the dark/With a pipe full of clay/No-one can say”) and ‘Miss Daisy Hawkins’ was “a bit like Annabel Lee, but not so sexy.”

Even the priest had a different name – ‘Father McCartney’. But then Pete Shotton pointed out that everyone would assume they were talking about Paul’s dad and he changed the name to ‘MacKenzie’ (which he chose at random from a telephone book). “He was just as I imagined him,” said Paul. “Lonely… darning his socks. In the next verse we thought of having a bin man too, an old fella going through the dustbins, but it got too involved. John and I wondered whether to have Eleanor Rigby …

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