The Beatles -- ‘Yesterday’

Yesterday (2.08)

Paul McCartney: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar; Viola: Kenneth Essex; Violin: Tony Gilbert, Sidney Sax; Cello: Francisco Gabarro

This famously came to Paul in a dream. But he couldn’t believe that it came out perfect, almost in one go, and he assumed that he must have subconsciously remembered it from somewhere else. “So for about a month I went round to people in the music business and asked them whether they had ever heard it before,” he said. “It became like handing something in to the police. I thought if no-one claimed it after a few weeks then I could have it.”

In ‘Many Years From Now’ he explains: “It took me a little while to allow myself to claim it, but then like a prospector I finally staked my claim, and stuck a little sign on it that said ‘Okay, it’s mine!’ I’m always very keen not to repeat other people’s tunes, because it’s very easy to do when you write. Ringo’s got a funny story about …

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TV recording Yesterday (2.43)

  • Credit: Lennon / McCartney
  • Main composer: Paul
  • ‘Anthology 2’ album First released in UK:
    Anthology 2 album – 18 Mar ’96
    ‘Anthology 2’ album First released in USA:
    Anthology 2 album – 19 Mar ’96
  • Recorded:
    1 Aug ’65 – ABC Theatre
  • Programme:
    Blackpool Night Out – ABC
  • Publisher: Northern Songs Ltd.
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