Yesterday
The Beatles
Beatles 1965 Yesterday Act Naturally 45

Yesterday
All my troubles seemed so far away
Now it look as though
They're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

1965
1
Year
Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1965 for four weeks
  • single released in the U.S. on September 13, 1965; it was not released as a Beatles single in Britain until 1976
  • peaked at No. 8 on the UK Singles chart in 1976
  • from the album Help (1965)
  • "Yesterday" has the most cover versions of any song ever written - over 3000
  • written by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon/McCartney
  • when The Beatles Anthology album was released in 1995, McCartney asked Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono if the writing credit could be changed to read "McCartney/Lennon," since he wrote it - the answer was no
  • the working title for "Yesterday" was "Scrambled Eggs" with the opening lyrics "Scrambled eggs/Oh, my baby, how I love your legs"
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #13 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • Paul McCartney was the only Beatle to perform on the track
  • the string quartet backing McCartney on the record was one of the first uses of session musicians for The Beatles
  • on the record:
       Paul McCartney- vocals, guitar (Epiphone Texan steel-string acoustic)
       Tony Gilbert- violin
       Sidney Sax- violin
       Kenneth Essex- viola
       Francisco Gabarro- cello
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded June 14 and June 17, 1965 at Abbey Road Studios, London, England
  • length- 2:03
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