Billboard #1 Hits: #146: “Yesterday”- The Beatles. October 9, 1965. #1 for 4 weeks.

  • Single:”Yesterday”- The Beatles
  • Record Company- Capitol
  • Genre: Pop
  • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Time: 2:03
  • B-side: “Act Naturally”
  • Album-Help!
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 4 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. #1 also in Belgium, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. Was not released as a single in the UK.

“Yesterday” while credited as Lennon-McCartney- was all Paul McCartney. “Yesterday” is on The Beatles “Help!” album. “Yesterday” is the most famous song by The Beatles. Paul woke up one morning with the tune for “Yesterday” in his head. He went to the piano and started to play it. For a while Paul was afraid that he had subconsciously stole the song but when he went to people like George Martin and they didn’t recognize it he felt better about it.  The original name for the song was “Scrambled Eggs” “Scrambled Eggs, oh you’ve got such lovely legs” The song lyrics took a little longer to work out. None of the other Beatles had anything to do with the recording of “Yesterday”and George Martin pulled Beatles manager Brian Epstein aside and suggested it be released as a Paul McCartney solo single. That didn’t go down well with Epstein and it was released under The Beatles.



5 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #146: “YESTERDAY”- THE BEATLES- OCTOBER 9, 1965

    • His first new song in 8 years- will have to give it a listen. The last song on his last album of songs he wrote- So Long John was a long one too… maybe he’s only writing songs about John’s now?

    • It’s like him to do it. When I first heard I kinda thought maybe it was going to be a little topical in some way. Nope…though I haven’t’ listened to it yet….As long as he keeps releasing them Im fine.

  1. Iconic tune in a catalogue of their iconic tunes. Is having a mish-mash of “b sides” where one is slow and romantic and one is mindless fluff the norm with singles? Why do you think George Martin would do that? It would seem like it would cause major conflict.

    • Maybe because Paul was the only one who played on it- but I think Brian made the right decision… also John wasn’t a big fan and I think it annoyed him that later on he would go into places and they would play “Yesterday” a song he had nothing to do with. I don’t know if releasing it as a Paul single would have caused a problem in the group or not -but up until that time no one had released anything outside of the band.

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