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John Lennon’s issue with Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’

John Lennon’s issue with Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’

John Lennon’s issue with Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’
February 28
09:10 2022

Everyone’s a critic, and musicians can be the harshest of all. One of the greatest strengths of The Beatles was that the group featured three fantastically talented musicians, each of whom had developed their own unique approach to songwriting. And while this allowed The Beatles to craft some of the most important albums of the 20th century, it also led to disagreements from time to time. Take the Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ from the 1965 album Help!, for example.

‘Yesterday’ is still one of The Beatles’ most beloved songs and holds the world record for the most-covered tracks of all time. As McCartney recalled in Anthology, the song’s melody came to him in a dream while he was staying at the home of his then-girlfriend Jane Asher: “I was living in a little flat at the top of a house and I had a piano by my bed,” he said. “I woke up one morning with a tune in my head and I thought, ‘Hey, I don’t know this tune – or do I?’ It was like a jazz melody. My dad used to know a lot of old jazz tunes; I thought maybe I’d just remembered it from the past. I went to the piano and found the chords to it, made sure I remembered it and then hawked it round to all my friends, asking what it was: ‘Do you know this? It’s a good little tune, but I couldn’t have written it because I dreamt it.’”

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Martin Nethercutt

Martin Nethercutt

Martin A Nethercutt is a writer, singer, producer and loves music. Creative Director at McCartney Studios Editor-in-Chief at McCartney Times Creator-in-Chief at Geist Musik President (title) at McCartney Multimedia, Inc. Went to Albert-Schweitzer-Schule Kassel Lives in Playa del Rey From Kassel, Germany Married to Ruth McCartney

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