24 October 2011
19 September 2010
1 May 2011
Another reason may have been that since Ticket To Ride and Help! had already been singles and both songs were on the album releasing Yesterday as another single was going a step too far, especially with no non-album b/side available apart from songs already on the album, well maybe Wait which was left till Rubber Soul. They could have worked on that a bit more. But then AHDN has 4 songs available on singles so maybe im speculating nonsense, as did Please Please Me.
Kind of interesting to know why they performed it live since they were embarrassed about it. Eight Days A Week wasnt performed live as John thought it was a lousy song and that was a #1 in America, the same as Yesterday.
10 August 2011
To get a sense of what they thought of "Yesterday," look where it is on the album – next to last.
It was the first song featuring just one Beatle, so regardless of how good it was, it wasn't really a "Beatle" record.
It was one of the few times when the American branch – Capitol – got it right.
1 May 2011
George was certainly in the studio at the time as you can hear Paul instruct him on Take 1 (Anthology 2) so there would certainly have been support and probably ideas being thrown about. No idea if John and Ringo were but it wouldnt surprise me if they were.
If Yesterday isnt a true Beatle song because its only 1 beatle then neither are a number of tracks on The White Album and raises the question 'how many Beatles does it take to make a true Beatles record?'.
14 April 2010
There is some truth in all of the answers above. If the boys had any control whatsover over what was realeased in the US, "Yesterday" would not have been as a single (right, wrong or otherwise is a separate discussion).
That part of it always blew my mind; that they had no say in these things.
To the fountain of perpetual mirth, Let it roll for all its worth.
11 September 2011
They were a band. Yesterday only features one Beatle. Therefore they didn't want to issue it as a Beatles single. And in honesty I don't think they knew it would become so monumentally popular.
This is likely the main reason. This was when the band was still being promoted as the Fab Four, especially in the UK, where they were very much locked in this image, as it tied them to their Merseyside roots. Their "brand recognition" was as those boys from Liverpool–John, Paul, George and Ringo. It's why you don't see much–if any–promotional photos from this time that does not feature them as anything other than a foursome.
10 August 2011
To pick up on meanmistermustard's point, by the time the White Album came along, a song featuring just one Beatle was no longer a big deal.
(There isn't much of anyone but George on Within You Without You…)
But in 1965, it was still a big deal for all the reasons listed above.
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