Martin Demands Credit For Yesterday

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Songwriter George Martin is demanding recognition for co-writing THE Beatles' hit YESTERDAY, insisting he penned the track alongside Sir Paul McCartney.

The song's composers are officially listed as McCartney and late Beatle John Lennon, but Martin claims McCartney added Lennon's name to the songwriters list, despite the IMAGINE singer having no involvement in the melody.

He says, "We didn't know what to do with it. It was such a soppy tune, so I went away and wrote a score for a string quartet to go with it.

"Two days later I was rehearsing it and Paul McCartney walked in. He'd never seen a score before, and he said, 'It hasn't got my name on it.'

"So I handed him a pencil and he signed it.

"He wrote John Lennon's name too - although he had nothing to do with it - and added Esquire to mine."


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I don't believe this story for a second. First of all, what makes it so unbelievable is the time span and second of all, why stop with Yesterday? There's many songs that George Martin "helped" them out with. This story is "hogwash" in my opinion.
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Sir George Martin has always been an above-board kind of man, and I feel sure would not resort to this type of folly , especially after so many years. I have viewed many documentaries on the Beatles with comments by Sir George, and he only speaks in the most glowing terms of his working days with the band , either as a group or individually. Unless he is suffering from early dementia, this sounds very made-up!
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This does seem strange to me, as I do not believe that George Martin would have used the word demanded.As I do know that in the past George Martin has been given all the appropriate credit for writing the orchestral score to Yesterday.As for the songs attributed to Lennon McCartney, that was a song writing agreement that goes back to the days before their recording contract. George Martin as never had any problems in the past with this, that I am certain. This is a clear case of the reporter stirring it, or rearranging the words by putting in the word demanded. Therefore I would to like to know the name of this reporter so that we can all have doubts about anything else he writes.
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Then why after all these years say something now? I would love to hear Sir Paul's take on all of this "Bull".... "Yesterday" Is an sentimental song for him anyway, I thought "HE" had wrote it while dealing with the loss of his "MUM" {correct me if I am wrong}.....it a very Lovely Song and quite reflective...Peace and Love Angie in Lexington,VA USA
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After all these years why has George Martin come out with this?Maybe after all these years and, he has not probably done nothing since the Beatles he's probably losing the plot.Paul McCartney wrote the song. Full Stop.There is no doubt that George made a great contribution to the Beatles music but Lennon and McCartney were the writers.
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I'm scepticle of the source for this story. I've never seen Sir George Martin listed as a "songwriter". Everybody knows he was the Beatles studio/musical producer. George took their basic songs and made magic in the studio. I don't believe he's ever claimed anything about this song except for suggesting and arranging the string quartet on top of Pauls acoustic guitar and vocal tracks.
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