Chart Position: 1

  • #1 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 greatest pop songs
  • #13 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 greatest songs
  • #56 on Recording Industry of America’s ‘Songs of the Century’
  • #1 on BBC’s ‘Songs of the Century’
  • BMI named this song the third most played of the 20th century
  • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Lead vocals: Paul McCartney
  • Guitar: Paul McCartney
  • Produced by George Martin
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • The song’s working title was ‘Scrambled Eggs’
  • While Lennon got songwriting credit, he freely admitted that this was a McCartney composition
  • The song’s melody came to McCartney in a dream; he played the melody for several associates before going ahead with the recording to be sure he was not unconsciously copying another artist’s tune
  • Paul McCartney is the only Beatle who took part in the song’s recording; he was joined on guitar by a string quartet, which was producer George Martin’s idea
  • The other Beatles’ initial impression was that it was not suitable Beatles material
  •  This is the most recorded song of all time with over 3000 recordings to date
  • McCartney first played the song for producer George Martin in Jan 1964, before the invasion of America, but partly because it was not a rock ‘n roll number it did not get recorded for almost 1-1/2 years afterwards
  • Later recorded by Matt Monro (1965), Hollyridge Strings (1965), Kai Winding (1965), Al Caiola (1965), Al De Lory (1965), Caravelli (1965), Lawrence Weld and His Orchestra (1965), Mary Wells (1965), George Martin and His Orchestra (1965), Jan and Dean (1965), Dino, Desi and Billy (1966), Barbara Lewis (1966), Andy Williams (1966), Michelle Lee (1966), Paris Sisters (1966), Lou Rawls (1966), Mantovani (1966), Eddie Fisher (1966), Village Stompers (1966), Johnny Mathis (1966), Lettermen (1966), Brothers Four (1966), Willie Nelson (1966), Beau Brummels (1966), Herbie Mann (1966), Smothers Brothers (1966), Patti LaBelle and Bluebelles (1966), Arthur Lyman (1966), Pat Boone (1966), Willie Jackson (1966), Jack Jones (1966), Seekers (1966), Supremes (1966), Chet Atkins (1966), Barry McGuire (1966), Trini Lopez (1966), Sounds Incorporated (1966), Sarah Vaughan (1966), Young-Holt Trio (1966), Helmut Zacharias (1966), Ray Charles Singers (1966), Cilla Black (1966), Ray Conniff and Singers (1967), Joan Baez (1967), Nelson Riddle (1967), Jerry Butler (1967), Cathy Berbarian (1967), Sandpipers (1967), Wilma Burgess (1967), Midniters (1967),  Ray Charles (1967), Ace Cannon (1967), Tom Jones (1968), Ventures (1968), David Newman (1968), Wes Montgomery (1968),  Glen Garrison (1968), Ed Ames (1968), Walker Brothers (1968), Mighty Fire Steel Band (1968), Tammy Wynette (1968), Smokey Robinson and Miracles (1968), Linda Jones (1968), Gladys Knight & Pips (1969), Bar-Kays (1969), Bill Medley (1969), Frank Sinatra (1969), Marty Gold (1969), Vince Guaraldi (1969), Leon Haywood (1969), Modulos (1970), Jose Feliciano (1970), Browning Bryant (1970), Dillards (1970), Marvin Gaye (1970), Mark Lindsay (1970), Dionne Warwick (1971), Elvis Presley (1970), Liz Damont’s Orient Express (1971), Buddy Fite (1971), Mina (1971), Arthur Fiedler and Boston Pops (1971), Le grand orchestre de Paul Mauriat (1972), George Shearing Quartet (1973), Sylvers (1973), Michael Legrand (1974), Dr. John (1975), Ronnie Aldrich and His Two Pianos (1975), Francois Glorieux (1976), David rssex (1976), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (1976), Top of the Pops (1976), Paul McCartney and Wings (1977), Cafe Creme (1977), Billie Jo Spears (1978), Richard Clayderman (1979), Placido Domingo (1981), Mike Lipskin (1982), Joe Pass (1983), AMIGA Studo Orchester (1983), Paul McCartney (1984), Aled Jones (1985), Vanusa (1986), Pierre Buzon (1986), Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson (1987), Kings Singers (1988), L.A. Workshop (1988), Acker Bilk (1988), Randy Coven (1989), Allen Toussaint Orchestra (1989), Shirley Bassey (1991), Los Rolin (1991), Michael Bolton (1992), En Vogue (1992), Toots Thielemans (1993), Giovanni (1993), Boyz II Men (1994), LeAnn Rimes (1994), Super-Trio (1995), Billy Dean (1995), Gerry Marsden (1995), Bugs and Friends (1995), Gary Tesca Orchestra (1995), Dave Grusin (1995), Wet Wet Wet (1997), John Lennon (1998), Spiders (1998), Spectrum (1999), Lauren Kilgore (2000), Reggie Paul (2000), Lisa Ono (2000), Florence Ballard (2001), Persuasions (2002), Sixth Wave (2002), Stephen Bennett (2005), String Quartet (2005), Silver Beatles (2006), Greg Hawkes (2008), Molly Hatchet (2009) and many others

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