Chart Position: 11

  • #137 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • This is a double ‘a’ side with ‘Yellow Submarine’ (1966)
  • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Lead vocals: Paul McCartney
  • Backing vocals: John Lennon, George Harrison
  • Produced by George Martin
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • Ringo Starr contributed to the writing of the song by suggesting Father McKenzie should be ‘darning his socks in the night’ and also suggested Father McKenzie and Eleanor Rigby should ‘meet’ at her funeral
  • Paul McCartney came up with the title character’s name from combining British actress Eleanor Brom and the Rigby & Evans Ltd. shop in Bristol
  • Dan Peek of America said his hit song ‘Lonely People’ (1975) was written as a response to ‘Eleanor Rigby’
  • A real Eleanor Rigby is buried in a cemetery near Paul MCartney’s boyhood home in Liverpool U.K.; many Beatles fans visiting Liverpool make sure to pay a visit
  • The 1966 LP Revolver is #3 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 500 greatest albums of all time
  • Artificial Double Tracking or ADT was introduced on the 1966 LP Revolver and quickly became a standard recording technique
  • Later recorded by Don Randi Trio (1966), Laurie Holloway Quartet (1966), Standells (1966), Richie Havens (1967), Eliminators (1966), George Martin (1966), Johnny Mathis (1967), Vanilla Fudge (1967), Vincent Bell (1967), Wes Montgomery (1967), Hollyridge Strings (1967), Joan Baez (1967), Big Maybelle (1967), Ray Charles (1968), Frankie Valli (1968), Bobbie Gentry (1968), Michael Dees (1968), Spotnicks (1968), Al Hirt (1968), Latin Dimension (1968), Morgana King (1968), Happenings Four (1969), Baja Marimba Band (1969), Oscar Peterson (1969), Gene Chandler (1969), Bobby Taylor (1969), Aretha Franklin (1969), Jackie Wilson (1969), Paul Anka (1969), Tony Bennett (1970), Mirza Men (1969), Goliath (1969), Bossa Rio (1970), Ides of March (1970), John Denver (1970), Ventures (1970), Kim Weston (1970), Percy Faith Strings (1970), Third Wave (1970), El Chicano (1970), Edward Woodward (1970), Count Basie & His Orchestra (1970), Buckwheat (1971), Don ‘Sugar Cane’ Harris (1971), Gene Harris (1971), Anita Kerr Singers (1971), Ernie Garrett (1972), Louis Van Dyke (1974), Bloodrock (1973), Wayne Roland Brown (1975), Esperanto (1975), Walter Carlos (1975), God Bless (1975), Streetmark (1976), Elliott Fisher (1976), Chip Hawkes (1976), Cafe Creme (1978), Werner Lammerhirt (1978), Country Gazette (1979), Mark Murphy (1980), Starsound (981), Sarah Vaughan (1981), Don Costa (1981), Paul McCartney (1984), Robert Berry (1984), King’s Singers (1986), Sacred Rite (1986), Bobby Darin (1987), Berlin Airlift (1988), Junior Reid (1989), Levellers 5 (1990), Violet Burning (1992), James Booker (1993), Jeff Jarvis (1994), Guitar Trek (1994), Shirley Bassey (1995), Gunhill (1995), John Tesh Project (1996), Big Country (1996), Wayne Johnson (1996), David Hay (1997), Innovations (1998), Kansas (1998), Godhead (1998), Joe Jackson (2000), Gordon Haskell (2000), Tok Tok Tok (2000), Michael Stanley (2000), Mark Wood (2001), Tonic Sol-Fa (2001), Studio 99 (2001), Adams Duo (2002), Beatles Acoustic Trio (2002), Peter Gelling (2003), Octaves (2003), Al Kooper (2004), Jerry Gar cia Band (2004), Thrice (2005), Chris Sexton (2005), Donna Byrne (2005), Esther Kaiser (2006), Barbara Dickson (2006), Natalia Chapman (2006), Mosaic Whispers (2007), Beatlegras (2007), Ancestral (2007), Greg Hawkes (2008), Exilio (2008), Chapter 6 (2008), Tessa Souter (2009), Liz Callaway (2009), Overboard (2009), Swingle Singers (2009), Robin McKelle (2010), Coverbeats (2010), Eric McFadden (2010), Derek Webb (2010), Big Yellow Taxi (2012), Mountainmen (2012), Ricky Bell (2012), Casey Abrams (2012), Paul Jolley (2013), Zuki (2013), Destructors (2014), Jake Coco (2014), Alice Cooper (2014), Jack Bruce (2015), Owls (2015), Mike Masse (2016), Blues Beatles (2017), Percival (2017), Faux Lives (2018), Pomplamoose (2018), Kiesza (2010) and many others

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