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11 tracks a gig. I always wondered why they did those kinda shortie gigs… Guess they got fed up of playing for hours in hamburg and when became so super famous decided a 30 min. gig would be enough… Funny anyways.

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I think back in the day it was the standard gig time where you played your biggest and most current hits and (if a big enough act) a few others before hot-footing it off the stage. One of Brian’s first moves was to cut the Beatles sets down from 2 to 1 hour shows and then when they became big in Britain it was 30 minutes if they were headlining; for their February ’63 tour they were playing the same 4 songs a night normally (tho occasionally they’d either play something else or add another in to freshen it up a bit). The package tours were often cram-filled with acts and some only got to to do one or two songs before it was time up.

All four Beatles weren’t fans of playing the same 30 minute sets night after night in the same order and were very vocal in it being one of the reasons why performing became such a chore.

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11 tracks a gig. I always wondered why they did those kinda shortie gigs… Guess they got fed up of playing for hours in hamburg and when became so super famous decided a 30 min. gig would be enough… Funny anyways.

And now we get sir Paul playing almost 3 hours a night at his shows……paul-mccartney

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He’s making up for those mini-gigs of the sixties… a-hard-days-night-paul-5

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Bongo said

 

And now we get sir Paul playing almost 3 hours a night at his shows……paul-mccartney

Yup, 3 + sound check… amazing

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50th anniversary this month! Wow, seems like only … never mind.

Here’s a fun parody with Jimmy Fallon (who sings pretty good harmony!)

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The 50th anniversary of ‘Yesterday ‘ was last month – first released on the UK ‘Help !’ LP on the 6th August 1965. It was the 50th anniversary of the US single on the 13th September. 

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Exactly! I was looking for ideas for my radio show, and on Joe’s timeline I saw that the single was released 50 years ago this month.

Check out the parody with Jimmy Fallon. It’s great.

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Pablo Stanley has created a webcomic/video for Yesterday . He created one for Imagine which RN mentioned on the forum.

This one is a bit dark and disturbing at the end…just a warning. This is where I read the story about it.

EDIT: The video was taken down. Here’s a link to the cartoon. http://www.stanleycolors.com/2…..yesterday/

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Creepy. I like it. 

The other day I was singing along with this song and I added a higher harmony to the ‘why she had to go I don’t know’ bit. I felt like I’d heard it somewhere before but I don’t think I have. T’was neat. 

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Very good video.  Thanks for sharing that! a-hard-days-night-john-3

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wow – really drives home the message. However, the song is more wistful than suicidal as portrayed here.

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I wonder if McCartney has seen the video, and, if he has, what he thinks about it.

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I think we can all agree this is a great song.  It’s the tipping point to where Paul’s songwriting skills catch up to John’s.

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Saw this question posted on another forum and thought it would make an interesting conversation 

 

“Does Paul McCartney still think of Jane Asther when he performs “Yesterday “? 

 

What do you guys think?

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Is it about Jane Asher or about his mother?

Anyways, i think nowadays it might have plenty of other meanings to him… Maybe he thinks a bit of Jane, his mother, John, George, Ringo, The beatles, his father, relatives, George Martin, …ya know…the good old days…

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Saw this question posted on another forum and thought it would make an interesting conversation 

 

“Does Paul McCartney still think of Jane Asther when he performs “Yesterday “? 

 

What do you guys think?  

Why she had to go I don’t know she wouldn’t say
I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday

Is Jane Asher really the “she” in the song? This is the first time I’ve read that. If it’s true, may I please have the source?

I always thought “she” was a fictional character, similar to ‘Lovely Rita ‘. If “she” was a real person from his life, it would make more sense to me that it was his mother. I say that because of what Paul said after being told she was dead; “The first thing I said was, What are we going to do without her money?”. To me, his regret over thinking/saying that fits the lyric “I said something wrong”.

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I had just always assumed it was about Jane Asher, I believe it’s been speculated. Perhaps my memory for “Yesterday ” and “For No One ” are overlapping. I wonder if there’s enough about their relationship to write a book about it. I’d imagine it was an impressionable experience. We can conclude their relationship inspired “For No One ” right? If someone who wrote “Yesterday ” is willing to break up with you that says a lot 

 

I’ve looked it up and apparently he came up with the melody after waking up at her house

 

Came across this cool write-up while searching 

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“I really reckon ‘Yesterday ’ is probably my best song.”  This humble statement from Paul McCartney typifies what many believe to be the truth as to his creative output throughout his career.  Although when asked at different times through the years what his favorite original composition was, he came up with many answers.  “Your songs are like your babies, it’s difficult to have a favorite,” he said in 2007.  “Here, There And Everywhere” has been stated regularly, although “Hey Jude ,” “Blackbird ” and “Here Today ” have been sited.  He also once included “Maybe I’m Amazed” as one of his favorites, saying “that’s a nice song, I like that one.”

In 1980, Paul explained why “Yesterday ” could be described as his best song.  “I like it not only because it was a big success, but because it was one of the most instinctive songs I’ve ever written.”  Concerning the song being a “success,” this understatement is evident in it being described as themost successful song in history.  According to Chris Ingham’s book “The Rough Guide To The Beatles,” “It holds the record as the most recorded song in history, with over 2500 versions, and has been broadcast on American radio over seven million times.”

As to the song being ‘instinctive,’ Paul’s explanation of how it was written has passed into the category of legend, as we’ll investigate below.

 

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The song was written at 57 Wimpole Street, London, the family home of Richard and Margaret Asher where Paul was living while dating their daughter Jane Asher.  He slept in a small attic room of the house that was rather cramped without too much extra room for anything, although there was one thing that did manage to get squeezed in.  “I eventually got a piano of my own up in the top garret,” remembers Paul.  “Very artistic.  That was the piano that I fell out of bed and got the chords to ‘Yesterday ’ on.  I dreamed it when I was staying there.”

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Paul vividly remembers that morning:  “I woke up with a lovely tune in my head.  I thought, ‘That’s great, I wonder what that is?’  There was an upright piano next to me, to the right of the bed by the window.  I got out of bed, sat at the piano, found G, found F sharp minor 7th – and that leads you through then to B to E minor, and finally back to E.  It all leads forward logically.  I liked the melody a lot but because I’d dreamed it I couldn’t believe I’d written it.  I thought, ‘No, I’ve never written like this before.’  But I had the tune, which was the most magic thing.  And you have to ask yourself, ‘Where did it come from?’  But you don’t ask yourself too much or it might go away…There are certain times when you get the essence, it’s all there.  It’s like an egg being laid – not a crack or flaw in it.”

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Speaking of eggs, so that his memory of the melody wouldn’t “go away,” he wrote some simple words to go along with the phrasing of the melody line.  “It had no words.  I used to call it ‘Scrambled Eggs.’  The lyrics used to go, ‘Scrambled eggs, oh, my baby, how I love your legs…’  There was generally a laugh at that point – you didn’t need to do any more lyrics.” Jane Asher once replied:  “Don’t believe that part about ‘How I loved your legs.’  That’s bunk!  My legs are horrid!”  (And to set the record straight, Paul did not write a second verse that started “Cottage fries, oh, my baby, how I love your thighs.” )  🙂

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Since we know where the melody was first conceived, many wonder when exactly this morning occurred.  Barry Miles, co-author of Paul McCartney ’s book “Many Years From Now,” explains this morning as having occurred in May of 1965.  While this seems to be the final word, there is evidence to suggest an earlier date.  “The song was around for months and months before we finally completed it,” recalls John Lennon .  He continues:  “Paul wrote nearly all of it, but we just couldn’t find the right title.  Every time we got together to write songs or for a recording session, this would come up.  We called it ‘Scrambled Eggs’ and it became a joke between us.  We almost had it finished when we made up our minds that only a one word title would suit and, believe me, we just couldn’t find the right one.  Then, one morning, Paul woke up, and the song and the title were both there.  Completed!  I know it sound like a fairy tale, but it is the plain truth.  I was sorry, in a way, because we had so many laughs about it.”

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Since John relates that it was “around for months and months,” just how many months was it?  Producer George Martin has a strong recollection that indicates a good amount of months indeed.  “I first heard ‘Yesterday ’ when it was known as ‘Scrambled Eggs’ – Paul’s working title – at the George V Hotel in Paris in January 1964.”  George Martin accompanied The Beatles during their residency in Paris as the group played a series of shows at the Olympia Theatre in the latter half of January, 1964.  A piano was brought up to their hotel room for songwriting purposes and, if his remembrances are correct, Paul premiered an early version of “Yesterday ” to him at this time.  Since Paul began living at the Asher home in London in November of 1963, this story could be feasible.

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A 1968 quote from Paul appears to tell a different story.  “It was called ‘Scrambled Egg’ for a couple of months, until I thought of ‘Yesterday .’  And that’s it.  True story.”  However, the statement “a couple of months” seems to have been an understatement.  Chris Dreja, the rhythm guitarist for The Yardbirds, clearly remembers an event that occurred during the “Beatles Christmas Show” of late December 1964 when Chris’s group were one of the opening acts.  As quoted in Andy Babiuk’s book “Beatles Gear,” he recalls how Paul asked to come into The Yardbirds’ dressing room to premier a new song he was writing.  “He sat down with the guitar, and at that point hadn’t got the lyrics, just the melody.  He said it was called ‘Scrambled Eggs.’  And of course it was ‘Yesterday .’  There we were witnessing the start of one of the most famous songs of all time, and Paul was just playing it for us on an acoustic.”

Keeping in mind that Paul held off on pushing the song on The Beatles, saying “we were a little embarrassed about it – we were a rock’n’roll band,” it appears that he may have indeed held it back for quite a long time –  through two entire British albums in fact.

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The next job was to verify that he did indeed write the song.  “It came too easy,” Paul relates, “I couldn’t believe it.  I didn’t believe that I had written it.  I thought that maybe I had heard it somewhere before, it was some other tune.  I went around for weeks playing the chords of the song for people, asking them, ‘Is this like something?  I think I’ve written it,’ and people would say, ‘No.  It’s not like anything else, but it’s good.’”

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One person that he auditioned the song for was British singer Alma Cogan at her flat in Kensington.  “Alma was a bit of a song buff,” Paul relates, “and she said, ‘I don’t know what it is, but it’s beautiful.’”  DirectorRichard Lester remembers Paul bothering everyone with the song on the set of their movie “Help!”  “At some time during that period, we had a piano on one ofImage Enlarger
the stages and he was playing this ‘Scrambled Eggs’ all the time,” Lester remembers.  “It got to the point where I said to him, ‘If you play that bloody song any longer I’ll have the piano taken off stage.  Either finish it or give it up!’”

At some point, Paul was convinced that the melody did in fact come from him.  “Eventually it became like handing something in to the police.  I thought that if no-one claimed it after a few weeks then I would have it.”

The only thing left was writing proper lyrics.  After filming for “Help!” was complete, Paul and Jane arranged for a vacation in Albufeira, on the southern coast of Portugal, using a villa borrowed from his friendBruce Welch, guitarist with Cliff Richard and The Shadows.  After flying from London to Lisbon on May 27th, 1965, Paul and Jane needed to drive 180 miles from Lisbon to get to the villa.  “It was a long hot, dusty drive,” Paul remembers.  “Jane was sleeping but I couldn’t, and when I’m sitting that long in a car I either manage to get to sleep or my brain starts going.  I remember mulling over the tune ‘Yesterday ,’ and suddenly getting these little one-word openings to the verse.”

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Paul continues, “I started to develop the idea:  Scram-ble-d eggs, da-da da.  I knew the syllables had to match the melody, obviously:  da-da da, yes-ter-day, sud-den-ly, fun-il-ly, mer-il-ly, and ‘Yes-ter-day,’ that’s good.  ‘All my troubles seemed so far away.’  It’s easy to rhyme those ‘s’s:  say, nay, today, away, play, stay, there’s a lot of rhymes and those fall in quite easily, so I gradually pieced it together from that journey.  ‘Sud-den-ly,’ and ‘b’ again, another easy rhyme:  e, me, tree, flea, we, and I had the basis of it.”

Then, when he arrived at the villa, he met up with Bruce.  “I was packing to leave and Paul asked me if I had a guitar,” remembers Welch.  “He’d apparently been working on the lyrics as he drove to Albufeira from the airport at Lisbon.  He borrowed my guitar and started playing the song we all now know as ‘Yesterday .’”

“I think I finished the lyrics about two weeks later, which was quite a long time for me,” Paul adds.  “Generally, John and I would sit down and finish within three hours, but this was more organic.  I put in the words over the next couple of weeks.”  This would take it right up to the recording date of the song – June 14th, 1965.

Although John had intimated in 1966 that he had played a part in writing the song, saying “We just helped finish off the ribbons ‘round it, you know – tying it up,” this appears to be an isolated case.  For instance, in 1980 he remembered it differently.  “That’s Paul’s song, and Paul’s baby.  Well done.  Beautiful – and I never wished I’d written it.”  In a 2001 interview in Readers’ Digest, Paul interestingly states:  “John always said he had nothing to do with that song.”  Even Ringo concurs:  “Paul, of course, had written his ‘Yesterday ,’ the most recorded song in history – What a guy!”

 

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Recording History

[Image Can Not Be Found]June 14th, 1965 turned out to be ‘Paul McCartney ’ day in the recording studio.  The Beatles were in EMI Studio Two from 2:30 to 5:30 pm recording two Paul songs in their entirety, namely “I’ve Just Seen A Face” and the rock’n’roll screamer “I’m Down.”  After an hour-and-a-half break, they returned at 7 pm for another three hour session, the only recording accomplished during this session being two takes of “Yesterday ” by only Paul on acoustic guitar and vocals.

“I brought the song into the studio for the first time and played it on the guitar,” Paul remembers, “but soon Ringo said, ‘I can’t really put any drums on – it wouldn’t make sense.’  And John and George said, ‘

There’s no point in having another guitar.’  So George Martin suggested, ‘Why don’t you just try it by yourself and see how it works?’  I looked at all the others:  ‘Oops.  You mean a solo record?’  They said, ‘Yeah, it doesn’t matter, there’s nothing we can add to it – do it.’”

The decision may not have materialized fully until after the first acoustic take was recorded.  Just before the first take, which was included on the “Anthology 2 ” album, we can clearly hear George Harrison repeatedly ask Paul “what key is it in?”  Paul then quickly instructs George in the basic chord sequence before jumping right into ‘take one’ as George Martin suggested.  It’s possible that the verdict was still out as to whether the other Beatles, or maybe just George, would still be included in the recording.  “We didn’t have much time to work out an arrangement,” George Harrison remembers, this being nearly the last session booked to finish the “Help !” album.  In any event, the matter was dropped shortly thereafter.

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This first take is interesting because of the somewhat lackadaisical approach Paul had in its’ recording.  His awkward rhythmic chording in the introduction was dropped after the first few measures, replaced by what we’re used to hearing in the final product.  He transposes two lines in the second verse, namely “there’s a shadow hanging over me” and “I’m not half the man I used to be.”  Realizing he had done this, a slight chuckle can be detected.  Also, he ends the first bridge with descending notes (“long for yesterday-ay-ay-ay”) and, when he gets to the second bridge, reluctantly repeats the process with a hesitancy that suggests he knows he shouldn’t do it both times.  This take is a little rough but still beautifully performed.

Now that he had gotten his bearings, the second attempt is done far more professionally.  The straightforward rhythmic chording appears right from the beginning, he sings the lines correctly in the second verse, and he holds out the last syllable of the word “yesterday” at the end of the first bridge, saving the descending notes for the second bridge.  Two takes was all that was needed.

The next point of business for the rest of the evening session that day was what else could be done to the song.  George Martinrecalls how Paul “sat on a high stool with his acoustic guitar and sang ‘Yesterday .’  That was the master to begin with.  Then I said, ‘Well, what can we do with it?’”  Several different approaches were suggested and possibly tried out, reportedly even adding John on organ.  George Martin then told Paul, “’The only thing I can think of is adding strings, but I know what you think about that.’  And Paul said, ‘I don’t want Mantovani.’  I said, ‘What about a very small number of string players, a quartet?’  He thought that was interesting.”

Paul begs to differ.  “George Martin had the idea to put the string quartet on it and I said, ‘No, I don’t think so.’  He said, ‘I’ve really got a feeling for it.  I can hear it working.’  I said, ‘’Are you kidding?  This is a rock group!’  I hated the idea…But he cleverly said, ‘Let’s try it,’ and I thought, that’s fair enough.  ‘If we hate it,’ he said, ‘we can take it off.  We’ll just go back; it’s very nice just with the solo guitar and your voice…Look, why don’t you come ‘round to my house tomorrow?  I’ve got a piano, and I’ve got the manuscript paper.  We’ll sit down for an hour or so, and you can let me know what you’re looking for.”  With that decided, the recording session was over for the night.

The next day, June 15th, 1965, Paul met up with George Martin at his house as suggested.  As Paul remembers: “We’d sit down and it would be quite straightforward because I’d have a good idea of how I wanted to voice it.  Or George would show me possibilities: very wide apart or very gungy and very close, and we’d choose.  He would say, ‘This is the way to do the harmony, technically.’  And I’d often try to go against that.  I’d think, ‘Well, why should there be a proper way to do it?’”

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“There was just one point in it where I said, ‘Could the cello now play a slightly bluesy thing, out of the genre, out of keeping with the rest of the voicing?’  George said, ‘Bach certainly wouldn’t have done that, Paul, ha ha ha.’  I said, ‘Great!’  That was what we often used to do, try and claim our one little moment.  I mean, obviously it was my song, my chords, my everything really, but because the voicing now had become Bach’s, I needed something of mine again to redress the balance.  So I put a 7th in, which was unheard-of.  It’s what we used to call a blue note, and that became a little bit well known.  It’s one of the unusual things in that arrangement.”

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Concerning this “blue note,” which is heard after the words “she wouldn’t say” in the second bridge, George Martin comments:  “John listened to (the finished song), and there’s a particular bit where the cello moves into a bluesy note which he thought was terrific, so it was applauded.”

On June 17th, 1965, a 2 to 4 pm recording session was held in EMI Studio Two to record the string quartet overdub to Paul’s acoustic performance of “Yesterday .”  Paul also had some say in how these musicians were to play.  George Martin remembers:  “He insisted, ‘No vibrato, I don’t want any vibrato!’  If you’re a good violin player it’s very difficult to play without vibrato.  Paul told the musicians he wanted it pure.  But although they did cut down the vibrato they couldn’t do it pure because they would have sounded like schoolboys.  I think Paul realized in later years that what he got was right.”

These musicians were Tony Gilbert (first violin), Sidney Sax (second violin), Francisco Gabarro (cello) and Kenneth Essex (viola).  “George was very good that way,” Paul explains, “He got a very good, competent quartet, and they played and I really liked the result, I thought it was smashing.”  In fact, Paul ran into Francisco Gabarro a week later in the EMI canteen and thought to say something to him.  Gabarro recalls, “He came up to me and said, ‘We have a winner with that ‘Yesterday .’  I said, well, good luck!  Congratulations!”

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One last overdub needed to be added, and this was to double-track Paul’s vocals at the end of the first bridge in order to extent his final high note on “yester-dayyyyyyy.”  The double-tracking begins on the words “something wrong” and then completes the bridge.  (While George Martin insists that no double-tracking was used on the song and that the effect heard was due to Paul’s vocals being piped in for the quartet to hear during the recording, it’s obvious from listening that there are two distinct vocal tracks on top of each other at this point.  Also, since both vocal tracks are heard together in the center of both stereo mixes and not just on the left channel where the quartet is panned, this indicates that the two voices weren’t the result of bleed-through from the studio monitor as is claimed.)  With the song then complete, and after the string quartet had gone, The Beatles commenced recording Ringo’s contribution to the album, namely “Act Naturally.”

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Two mono mixes were performed at the end of this session (June 17th) in the control room of EMI Studio Two by George Martin and engineers Norman Smith and Phil McDonald.  The second mix was the one released, which is unique in a couple of ways.  First, the overdubbed vocals in the first bridge have a noticeable amount of extra reverb applied to it, which stands out in comparison to the rest of the vocals which is almost devoid of any reverb whatsoever.  Also, the quartet does not fade out at the end, so we can hear the full release of the violins as the final moment of the song.

The first stereo mix of “Yesterday ” was made on June 18th, 1965 in the control room of EMI Studio Two by the same EMI staff members.  Paul’s vocals are centered in the mix, the guitar is mostly panned to the right, and the strings are panned mostly to the left channel.  Unique features of this mix include hearing a faint squeak from a violinist in the first verse just after the words “I believe.”  Also, the overdubbed vocal in the first bridge has minimal reverb just as the main vocal has.  A fret noise from the acoustic guitar is heard in the right channel just before the words “now I need a place,” this being heard quietly in nearly all of the released mixes of the song.  Finally, the strings are now faded out at the end just before their actual conclusion.

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A second stereo mix was made by George Martin in 1986 in preparation for the first compact disc release of the British “Help!” album.  The difference from the original stereo mix is negligible, still containing the faint violin squeak in the introduction, which could have easily been omitted since the quartet had yet to start playing.

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The Beatles did record the song one further time at EMI Studios, but not as a serious attempt.  On November 8th, 1965, just after finishing up the recording of “Think For Yourself” for their “Rubber Soul” album, they recorded “The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record” in EMI Studio Two, with George Martin, Norman Smith and 2nd engineer Ken Scott at the controls.  From approximately 2 to 3 am (which would actually make it November 9th), the tired group gathered around some microphones and, with Paul on acoustic guitar, they performed a silly impromptu version of “Yesterday ,” which more appropriately became “Christmas Day.”  This very humorous recording, with all four Beatles singing (kind of), was released exclusively to members of their fan club in December of 1965.

An interesting recording of “Yesterday ” sung by John Lennon has surfaced in bootlegs, reportedly recorded during Lennon’s 31st birthday party on October 9th, 1971. This rough recording, featuring Lennon on acoustic guitar along with various voices and percussive sounds, depicts a combination of John poking fun at the song as well as his admiration for it..

The actual master tape was pulled out of the archives in the mid 2000’s by George Martin and son Giles Martin to create a whole new stereo mix of the song for the Cirque du Soleil show entitled “Love.”  Not only did they think to tack on some instrumental bars of “Blackbird ” at the beginning, but the end result was a flawless production that corrected all of the anomalies of the previous stereo mixes.  No more violin squeak in the first verse and no more fret noise in the final verse.  The positioning of the elements were nearly identical though, except that both the acoustic guitar and the quartet were panned slightly more toward center.

Sometime in 2015, Giles Martin revisited the original master tape once again with Sam Okell in Abbey Road Studios to create another new stereo mix for inclusion on a re-released version of the compilation album “Beatles 1” that came out that year.

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Not to be forgotten in a true “Recording History” of the song are the live recordings done by Paul throughout the years.  Sometime in May or June of 1976, Wings recorded a live version that appears on “Wings Over America .”  On the Deluxe Edition Box Set of this album, a different live version of the song recorded on June 14th, 1976 at Cow Palace in Daly City, California is included on a bonus CD.  On September 2nd, 1990, a live recording of the song was recorded for his “Tripping The Live Fantastic ” album.  Sometime in April or May of 2002, the song was recorded for his album “Back In The U.S.”  And finally, during his performances at New York City’s “Citi Field” between July 15th and 22nd, he recorded a version for his “Good Evening New York City ” album.

 

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Song Structure and Style

As for the structure, a typical Beatles model of ‘verse/ verse/ bridge/ verse/ bridge/ verse’ (or aababa) is utilized with a brief introduction and conclusion thrown in.  While that sounds usual and a bit boring at this stage of The Beatles game, the style of the song is anything but usual or boring.

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The intricate nuances Paul had already worked into the arrangement, as heard on his acoustic guitar track, were undoubtedly a big part of what inspired George Martin to suggest strings for the song, saying, “I’ve really got a feeling for it.  I can hear it working.”  In his book “All You Need Is Ears,” Martin explains:  “The turning point probably came with the song ‘Yesterday ’…That was when, as I can see in retrospect, I started to leave my hallmark on the music, when a style started to emerge which was partly of my making.  It was on ‘Yesterday ’ that I started to score their music…The added ingredient was no more nor less than a string quartet; and that, in the pop world of those days, was quite a step to take.”

A simple two-measure introduction of vamping acoustic guitar sets the stage, Paul thumping the bass notes on the one- and three- beat of both measures.  This anticipatory intro gives you a sneaky suspicion that something extraordinary is about to happen which, if you can possibly remember the first time you heard the song, doesn’t fail to satisfy.

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The verse is an unusual seven measures long but, because of the rhythmic phrasing, it doesn’t come across as awkward at all.  The thumping bass notes of Paul’s guitar work are deliberate in their strategic placements, showing that he was well rehearsed beforehand.  He even fits the final word with a planned syncopated beat (“yes-ter-day”) that breaks the rhythmic pattern found in the rest of the verse.  The overall effect, lyrically and musically, is stunning – a vivid depiction of absolute loneliness as a result of an illusionary romance.

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Coincidentally (or maybe not), the second seven-measure verse begins with the word “suddenly” just as we suddenly hear the string quartet immerge to add a deeper sense of heartache to the already dour landscape.  The instrumentalists stay relatively within the parameters of the chords with one notable exception being the subtle melody line that dances as a harmony with Paul’s lyric “yesterday came suddenly.”

The first eight measure bridge occurs next, a notable feature being Paul’s strategic falling bass notes while his vocal melody line rises on the words “had to go,” the quartet allowing his finesse to be the focal point.  This occurs again as the double-tracked vocal comes in on the lyric “something wrong,” followed by a descending viola line in the last measure. George Martin, possibly by suggestion from Paul, purposely wrote this viola line into the score to mimic what we would soon hear Paul sing in the previously recorded second bridge.

A third verse is then heard which is identical in structure except for a new set of lyrics.  The quartet nearly plays the same arrangement as in the second verse.  The repeat of the bridge, however, reveals some interesting building in the score, a violin harmony to Paul’s line “had to go, I don’t know…” stands out as a classy touch.  This is quickly followed by the “blue note” as insistently included by Paul as described above.  The violin harmony continues through the rest of the verse, which then ends with Paul taking center stage singing the descending line solo.

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The quartet pulls out all the stops during the repeat of the third verse.  A violin holds a single high note for the first five measures and the viola joins in midway through the third measure to begin a subtle lower harmony to Paul’s vocal melody.  A repeat of the final two measures acts as a conclusion for the song although Paul chooses to hum instead of sing.  He also dispenses with the thumping bass notes and sticks to a few higher strings played in a falling pattern.  The quartet follows him down and then punctuates the final two notes as it then fades away.  History is made!

John had some interesting commentary on the lyrics in 1980:  “Paul wrote the lyrics to ‘Yesterday .’  Although the lyrics don’t resolve into any sense, they’re good lines.  They certainly work, you know what I mean?  They’re good, but if you read the whole song, it doesn’t say anything, you don’t know what happened.  She left and he wishes it were yesterday – that much you get – but it doesn’t really resolve.”

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The story may not be complete, but it appears to be the expression of the emotion that is the song’s intent.  She left and caught him totally off guard, him thinking that “love was such an easy game to play,” a game that he was winning.  But since “she wouldn’t say” the reason for her leaving, he can only assume that he “said something wrong,” leaving him with feelings of regret.  Rather than being proud, he now needs “a place to hideaway” as a loser in love.  While the same sentiments have just recently been expressed in Paul’s “The Night Before” earlier in the year, this is hardly a re-write.  You could more accurately say that the former song was a first draft at expressing this surprising experience.

The lyrics’ simplistic depiction is found to be totally suitable to this beautiful piece of music, no doubt becoming a template for love songs to this day.  Right down to beginning and ending each verse with the same word, whether it be “yesterday” or “suddenly,” the intricate complexity was perfected by the composer.  Nearly perfected, anyway.  Call me a stickler but, since he was still with his girl 24 hours ago, shouldn’t it read “today came suddenly” instead of “yesterday came suddenly”?  🙂

 

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American Releases

On September 13th, 1965, Capitol released “Yesterday ” as its eleventh American single; one day after the song was aired on the season debut of “The Ed Sullivan Show” on September 12th.  While the television studio audience reaction was rather quiet and somewhat shocked, fans knew what to look for the next day in their favorite record shops.  And they certainly did, the record topping the Billboard singles charts for four straight weeks and selling a million copies.

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Capitol was smart enough to single this track out from the British “Help!” album to release as their next hit, but maybe they weren’t as astute as we think.  The other side of this single was “Act Naturally ,” which also got its first exposure on the same “Ed Sullivan Show” program the day before.  Full page advertisements that Capitol ran in Billboard magazine to promote the next single actually highlight “Act Naturally ” before “Yesterday .”  The ad reads:  “Ringo Starr sings solo!  Paul McCartney sings solo!  Watch both numbers performed in person by Ringo and Paul on the Ed Sullivan Show, September 12.  Stock up – and see!”  What they ‘saw’ was that “Yesterday ” made a much bigger splash than “Act Naturally ,” which they obviously were hedging their bets on being the next big hit.

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In fact, it was such a bit hit that Capitol decided to name their next make-shift Beatles album after it.  “Yesterday…And Today” was released on June 20th, 1966, reaching the top spot after only four weeks on the Billboard album charts and staying there for five weeks in a row.  “Yesterday…And Today” was then released on January 21st, 2014, as an individual compact disc, both the mono and stereo versions of the album being included on a single CD.  Incidentally, this release featured both the “trunk” cover and the “butcher” cover.

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Sometime in 1967, Capitol released Beatles music on a brand new but short-lived format called “Playtapes.”  These tape cartidges did not have the capability to include entire albums, so two truncated four-song versions of “Yesterday…And Today” were released in this portable format, “Yesterday ” being on one of these.  These “Playtapes” are highly collectable today.

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Sometime in the spring of 1971, the official Beatles Fan Club in the U.S. sent out a full-length Apple album to all American members of the fan club entitled “The Beatles’ Christmas Album.”  This album consisted of all seven Christmas message discs that the group recorded throughout their career, from 1963 through 1969.  Since the news that The Beatles had broken up was announced by the spring of 1970, there was no need for a 1970 Christmas message to be recorded for their fans.  This album was the last record to be send to their fans, the 1965 recording entitled “The Beatles Third Christmas Record” being included therein, which contained the silly version of “Yesterday ” as described above.  Its inclusion on this album was the first time U.S. fans heard this recording since the original 1965 Christmas record never got sent to members of the American fan club at that time.  This highly collectible album has been bootleged extensively, so ligitimate copies are very rare and very valuable.

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Two compilation albums of the 70’s contained the song, the first being “The Beatles/1962-1966” (aka “The Red Album ”) which has become a standard “greatest hits” package for multiple decades despite the fact that it only peaked at #3 on the Billboard albums charts at the time of its release, April 2nd, 1973.  With its companion album “The Beatles/1967-1970” at number one at that exact time, I’m sure The Beatles’ feelings weren’t too hurt.  (“The Red Album ” was released on compact disc in 1993, substituting the new 1986 stereo mix of “Yesterday ” instead of the 1965 stereo mix as heard on the vinyl release.  The CD was then re-released as re-mastered on August 10th, 2010.)

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The second compilation album in the decade to contain the song was “Love Songs,” “Yesterday ” being an obvious choice for this collection.  In fact, it was the very first song on the album, which was released on October 21st, 1977 and reached #24 on the Billboard album charts.

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October 11th, 1982 saw yet another Capitol compilation album include the song, this one being a single album entitled “20 Greatest Hits.”  The British version of the album did not contain the song because it wasn’t released as a single in their home country, but since it did in the US, it earned its’ rightful place in this collection.  Undoubtedly because of being in the beginnings of the MTV era, the album only peaked at #50 on the Billboard charts.

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Yesterday ” was finally found on the “Help!” album where it was originally intended as of April 30th, 1987.  It was released on compact disc on this date for the first time with the new George Martin stereo mix of 1986.  The CD was then re-mastered and re-released on September 9th, 2009.

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The mono mix of “Yesterday ” was also released on compact disc in the US on the June 30th, 1992 released box set entitled “Compact Disc EP Collection.”  This highly priced set included individual CDs to replicate all of the successful EPs that were released in Britain.  The British four track “Yesterday ” EP, as originally released on March 4th, 1966, was included in its entirety.

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A re-release of the single came out on January 24th, 1996 on the Capitol “Cema Series” for jukeboxes only.  Uniquely, it was printed on pink vinyl in a rather limited quantity, which pretty much assures its’ increased value as the years progress.

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Very shortly afterward, on March 18th, 1996, Apple released “Anthology 2 ,” which features two versions of “Yesterday .”  The first is the previously unheard “take one” of Paul running through the song on acoustic guitar and vocals with him quickly instructing George Harrison about the chords of the song.  The second version was their live performance of the song on August 1st, 1965 at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool for the British TV show “Blackpool Night Out.”  These were only two of many outstanding elements on this incredible compilation which debuted in the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts and sold well over two million copies.

In promotion of the “Anthology 2 ” album came the CD Sampler single disc which was sent to radio stations for airplay.  The studio “take one” of “Yesterday ” was included therein.

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The idea of having all their number one hits on a single disc was revisited in the year 2000 resulting in the CD “Beatles 1,” which was released on November 13th of that year.  Although the 1982 album “20 Greatest Hits” didn’t make many sales waves, the timing was definitely right this time around.  It sold around 595,000 copies in the first week, debuting in the #1 spot on the Billboard album charts and achieving a total of eight weeks at the top.  By 2005, it achieved “diamond” status, selling well over 10 million copies in the US alone.  George Martin’s 1986 stereo mix of “Yesterday ” is featured on this release.  A re-mastered version of this album was released in 2011 and a newly mixed version (mixed by Giles Martin) was released on November 6th, 2015.

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November 20th, 2006 was the release date of the Cirque du Soleil soundtrack “Love,” which featured the above mentioned flawless stereo mix of “Yesterday ” (with an instrumental “Blackbird ” introduction).  Reaching #4 on the Billboard album charts, it sold over 2 million copies.

In order to hear the original mono and stereo mix of the song, the box set “The Beatles In Mono” contains both, which was released on September 9th, 2009.

Live Paul McCartney renditions of the song can also be heard on “Wings Over America ” (released on December 10th, 1976), “Tripping The Live Fantastic ” (released November 5th, 1990), “Back In The U.S.” (released on November 26th, 2002) and “Good Evening New York City ” (released on November 17th, 2009).

 

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Live Performances

Listening to the magnificent results of the recording of “Yesterday ,” with the emotional impact of the string quartet, no doubt everyone in The Beatles circle realized they had something they couldn’t help but want to promote.  And promote they did!  Although live performances by the group were to wind down just over a year later, they used most of the remainder of their touring life showcasing the song.

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Their first public performance of “Yesterday ” was on August 1st, 1965 (five days before it was released on the “Help!” album in Britain) at the ABC Theatre in Blackpool for the live TV show “Blackpool Night Out.”  Being the fifth song of their six song set, George Harrison introduces the song with the words “For Paul McCartney of Liverpool, Opportunity Knocks,” in recognition of the popular British talent show.  Afterward, The Beatles exit the stage leaving Paul alone to perform the song solo on acoustic guitar accompanied by a pre-recorded orchestra.  Afterwards, the rest of the group re-enter the stage and John comments, “Thank you, Ringo, that was wonderful.”  This entire performance is available on “Anthology 2 .”

Next came the taping of their fourth and final studio appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in the US.  The taping was on August 14th, 1965 and the set comprised the same six songs they played for “Blackpool Night Out” two weeks prior.  After Paul’s performance of “Yesterday ,” also played with a pre-taped violin track, John returns with the words, “Thank you Paul, that was just like him.”

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On November 1st and 2nd, 1965, The Beatles were in Manchester at the Granada TV Centre filming a British TV special entitled “The Music Of Lennon & McCartney.”  During this time Paul was filmed miming the first verse of “Yesterday ” which was then segued into a completion of the song by Marianne Faithfull, who had a minor Top 40 hit in Britain with the song.  This special was first aired in Britain on December 17th, 1965.

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On December 3rd, 1965, The Beatles began their final British tour, which lasted only until December 12th of that year.  Among the eight cities visited on this tour was Liverpool, this being the last time the group played in their hometown.  “Yesterday ” was part of their set on this brief tour, which featured Paul accompanying himself, strangely enough, on an electric organ.

Their last international tour began on June 24th, 1966, an excursion which took them to West Germany, Japan and The Philippines.  This tour, which only lasted until July 4th of that year, included “Yesterday ” in their set list.  Paul succumbed to playing bass on the track with a full electric guitars/drums arrangement from the entire group (no pre-taped violins).  This best represents what the song would have sounded like if they would have kept to their usual instrumentation at the time, many fans preferring this version in retrospect.  Their Japan concert performance of the song exists and can be seen from many sources today.

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Their final US tour, not to mention their final tour anywhere, began on August 12th, 1966 in Chicago and, after hitting Detroit, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Shea Stadium in New York City and many other locations, ended at Candlestick Park in San Francisco on August 29th of that year.  The very same set list from their previous international tour was performed, the full-band electric version of “Yesterday ” still being included.

With the imminent news of The Beatles breakup, a special “Beatles Songbook” episode of “The Ed Sullivan Show” aired on March 1st, 1970.  Various quests performed live renditions of Beatles songs, including Dionne Warwick, Peggy Lee, and even The Muppets (doing “Octopus’s Garden”), while footage of the soon-to-be-released film “Let It Be ” was aired (the songs “Two Of Us ” and “Let It Be ”) as well as the still-picture video Paul produced for “Maybe I’m Amazed.”  Interestingly, a recently taped performance of a sweaty (and very much alive) Paul McCartney was included doing a new acoustic version of “Yesterday .”

While McCartney declined from performing any Beatles material with his new band Wings for the first few years of its existence (except for “Long Tall Sally”), the personal ban was lifted for their 1975/76 “Wings Over The World” tour.  Both their 1975 and 1976 sets included “Yesterday ,” albeit a truncated version.  After he realized that he wasn’t repeating the bridge and final verse of the original version, he remarked, “I quite like that…not too precious with it.”

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The final WingsUK Tour 1979” in promotion of their album “Back To The Egg ” also featured their rendition of “Yesterday .”  Three other Beatles songs were also featured, these being “Let It Be ,” “Got To Get You Into My Life” and even “The Fool On The Hill.”  Obviously, Paul was “getting closer” to coming to terms with his Beatles past.

The song then became a regular for Paul’s solo tours of later years, beginning with his “World Tour” of 1989/1990.  “Yesterday ” was surprisingly omitted from his “Unplugged Tour” of 1991, but thereafter it was included in every tour he’s done since, mostly toward the end of show or as an encore.

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Other isolated performances of the song occurred, such as a partial rendition heard at the end of his October 23rd, 1984 appearance on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson.”  (He started to play it and, because they were running out of time, played a verse of “You Are My Sunshine” instead.)  Another noteworthy version was on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” where Paul and the host sang a duet of the (supposed) original lyrics of the song as “Scrambled Eggs.”

 

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Conclusion

Despite his quotes from the 60’s that hint at his involvement in the writing of the song, John Lennon ended up describing “Yesterday ” as “Paul’s song and Paul’s baby.”  Therefore, for all sakes and purposes, Paul McCartney not only fully wrote the song but is the only Beatle playing on the actual recording.  While his actual solo career didn’t start for another five years (or two years if you count his soundtrack compositions for the movie “The Family Way ”), it could well have started at this point if the ‘powers that be’ would have determined so.

“It really wasn’t a Beatles record and I discussed this with Brian Epstein,” George Martin explains.  When speaking to Brian at the time, he asked:  “’You know, this is Paul’s song…Shall we call it Paul McCartney ?’  He said, ‘No, whatever we do we are not splitting up The Beatles…This is The Beatles – we don’t differentiate.’…So even though none of the others appeared on the record, it was still The Beatles – that was the creed of the day.”

So as far as the public knew, it was a full-fledged Lennon/McCartney composition that Paul just happened to have sung.  “I sat in a restaurant in Spain and the violinist insisted on playing ‘Yesterday ’ right in my ear,” John relates.  “Then he asked me to sign the violin.  I didn’t know what to say so I said, ‘OK,’ and I signed it…One day he’s going to find out that Paul wrote it…But I guess he couldn’t have gone from table to table playing ‘I Am The Walrus.’”

 Song Summary

 Yesterday

 Written by:  John Lennon / Paul McCartney

  • Song Written: January, 1964 – June, 1965
  • Song Recorded: June 14 & 17, 1965
  • First US Release Date: September 13, 1965
  • US Single Release: Capitol #5498
  • Highest Chart Position: #1 (4 weeks)
  • First US Album Release: Capitol #ST-2553 “Yesterday…And Today
  • British Album Release: Parlophone #PCS 3071 “Help!
  • Length: 2:04
  • Key: F  major
  • Producer: George Martin
  • Engineers: Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald

 Instrumentation (most likely):

 

  • Paul McCartney – Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar (1964 Epiphone Texan FT-79)
  • Tony Gilbert –  First Violin
  • Sidney Sax – Second Violin
  • Francisco Gabarro –  Cello
  • Kenneth Essex –  Viola

 Written and compiled by Dave Rybaczewski

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The Hole Got Fixed and sir walter raleigh, I thought I’d move the discussion about Yesterday over to the appropriate thread.

Anyways, why do you consider Yesterday musically simple Holey, I always thought I was fairly complex, especially with it’s chord progression of:

G F#m7 B7 Em Em7/D Cmaj7 D G G/F# Em D C G (technically F Em7 A7 Dm Dm7/C Bbmaj7 C F F/E Dm C Bb F)

In progression numbers, that’s:

I bvii7 III7 vi vi7/V IVmaj7 V I I/#VII vi V IV I

Did you mean it as in there’s not a lot of instruments in the song.

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I didn’t see this thread, I saw the other thread first so I replied there. 

Apologies to everyone! I’m more than happy for a mod to copy that post and put it here, then delete the other one. Completely my fault!

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