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The Beatles: Paul McCartney has written Eleanor Rigby follow-ups

Eleanor Rigby is one of the saddest tracks The Beatles ever wrote. The single was released in August 1966 and was included on their seventh album, Revolver. The lyrics croon on about a lonely old woman, as well as a lamenting priest, Father McKenzie.

Paul McCartney spoke about Eleanor Rigby in a recent interview, saying: “I’ve still got a few [similar songs] that I haven’t released because I don’t think they’re that good.”

He went on to talk about why he wrote these narrative-focussed songs behind closed doors.

The Beatle went on: “It’s quite a fun thing to do, to just dream up a name of a character and try and write the story of that character and then make it fit with another character.”

He explained: “Eleanor Rigby, I did it with just the few. Father McKenzie and Eleanor.”

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McCartney then mused about why he thought his songs like Eleanor Rigby stood out so much for his fans.

He said: “With my story songs, a lot of them, besides Eleanor Rigby, tend to be comedy.

“It’s me doing the tongue-in-cheek thing, whereas Eleanor Rigby was more serious.” (Via Uncut’s September issue)

He added: “I think that’s why it was more successful.”

What do you think? Would the song have sounded better with its original name? Join the debate in the comments section here

Eventually, however, McCartney realised this name could be misconstrued.

He continued: “I thought that people would think it was supposed to be about my Dad sitting knitting his socks.

“Dad’s a happy lad. So I went through the telephone book and I got the name McKenzie.”

Eleanor Rigby was released as a double A-side opposite Yellow Submarine.

The single was a smash hit, reaching number one in the UK, New Zealand and Canadian Singles Charts.

In just four weeks the single had been sold more than 1.2 million copies worldwide.

A number of enormous singers have gone on to cover the iconic track, including Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin.


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The Beatles and Freddie Mercury’s Queen top most influential UK bands and solo artists

During the 20th century, the UK has produced some of the most popular and impactful musicians in the world. And now new research has found the Top 10 most influential British bands and solo artists based on how much tracks are sampled, covered and remixed in commercially released songs. It should come as little surprise that The Beatles, the world’s most successful musicians of all time, came out on top by a long way.

According to 888’s analysis, The Beatles’ music has been used an incredible 11289 times in remixes, covers and samples.

The Fab Four’s most influential songs in the ranking were Yesterday, Something and I Saw Her Standing There.

While Freddie Mercury’s Queen came second much further down on 1323.

Here are the full Top 10 most influential bands and solo artists in the UK and the number of times they have influenced other songs:

The UK’s Top 10 musicians to listen to while driving:

1. Queen – 4.7%
2. Ed Sheeran – 2.7%
3. ABBA – 2.5%
4. Little Mix – 2%
5. Coldplay – 1.7%
6. The Beatles – 1.7%
7. Oasis – 1.6%
8. The Eagles – 1.6%
9. Fleetwood Mac – 1.5%
10. AC/DC – 1.5%

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The Beatles Get Back: Peter Jackson reveals what ‘people won’t be expecting’ in show

In November Jackson’s revitalised version of Let It Be will be released on Disney Plus under a new title: Get Back. The three-part documentary tells the 30-day story of how The Beatles wrote and recorded their final album, Let It Be in 1969. The films will detail how happy the band were together, just months before they split up and started suing one another. Jackson has now spoken out in a new interview about the film’s style and content.

Jackson began by saying: “It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969 and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

The original Let It Be film went down in history as the band breaking down in real-time on-screen.

However, Jackson says this isn’t the case. After combing through more than 55 hours of film, he has a much different story to tell.

He said: “There’s probably more conversations with The Beatles in the films than there is actual singing. People won’t be expecting that, I think.” (Via GQ Hype)

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Jackson continued: “That sort of intimacy, that fly-on-the-wall aspect of it, where you’re in a time machine and you’ve gone back and you’re a fly on the wall with The Beatles. That will, I think, surprise people, because it is very intimate.

“It’s The Beatles as you’ve never seen them before. And the other thing that I think will surprise people is how funny the films are, which, considering the reputation of this footage and the Let It Be movie, you don’t associate with January 1969, but they’re very funny films.”

The Lord of the Rings director then added: “They’re all good friends and they remain good friends all the way throughout the series. This is before the Allen Klein period when they start to argue.”

Jackson’s reference to Apple Corps’ Klein is the tumultuous period of time that involved the band suing one another over the ownership of The Beatles’ songs.

What do you think? Will fans enjoy the new version of the events? Join the debate in the comments section here

The argument in question took place between Paul McCartney and George Harrison over the structure of a song.

Jackson revealed: “The moment when George is arguing with Paul, which you see in the original film, is actually the worst of [their arguments].

“You know, when George says: ‘I’ll play whatever you want me to play. Or I won’t play at all if you don’t want me play’ … ‘I’ll do anything to please you’ sort of thing.

“I’ve tried to use nothing at all from Let It Be, so Get Back is completely different. I didn’t want to usurp the original film, so this is a companion piece. But the one area we did break that rule is that little exchange between Paul and George, because I didn’t want to be accused of sanitising the films by not having that, because that’s the bit everyone remembers.”

Jackson also revealed he hadn’t done much visual editing on the film.

Other than “colour balancing skin tones” he had not altered any colours in the picture, making the 1960s clothing styles to really pop on screen.

The Beatles Get Back arrives on Disney Plus in three parts on November 25, 26 and 27.