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

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.”

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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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Spanish holidays ‘written off’ by Covid rules – British expats fear entire season ‘ruined’

Spanish holidays ‘written off’ by Covid rules – British expats fear entire season ‘ruined’
Mark Sampson, who moved to Spain in the 1990s and ran the Costa del Sol’s Eurobar until 2018, has blasted Boris Johnson’s Covid travel policies for “writing off” this summer’s season. The 56-year-old, who now runs two publishing companies, also slammed the Spanish government for “ruining” this year’s tourist season.
Spain is currently on the UK’s amber list forcing travellers to do two post-arrival tests and self-isolate for 10 days upon their return.

This period can be halved if they provide an additional negative test on day five.

But this extra cost has put many travellers off, leaving them choosing staycations or green list countries – which have no requirement to self-isolate and only one-post arrival Covid test.

Mr Sampson told Express.co.uk: “The UK and Spanish governments could not have messed this up any more if they had to create a disaster as a mission.

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“Certainly my own pals from the UK have all jetted off to Portugal, Florida or Egypt.

“The consensus seems to be that 2022 is going to be good but 2021 is a problem.”

In 2019 Spain received 83.5 million tourists, accounting for around 12 percent of its GDP.

In an effort to avert the economic crisis that losing a second holiday season would cause, the government is doing everything it can to lure them back.

But with the current coronavirus restrictions it is “hoping” the numbers will be at least half that this year, its tourism minister María Reyes Maroto said.

From Friday Spain is aiming to welcome British tourists back without the need for a negative Covid test.

Pedro Sanchez’s government has launched a £6.8million fund to lure UK holidaymakers back.

Ms Reyes Maroto said: “If all goes well, from May 20 – although there’s always a bit of the unknown over the evolution of the pandemic in the countries we’re focusing on with the campaign, though the numbers from the UK look good on both vaccination and accumulated incidence – Britons will be able to come to Spain.

“What’s more, they won’t be asked for a PCR test when they arrive in the country. I think it’s really good news.”

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Montana Governor Gets Written Warning After Killing a Wolf

Montana Governor Gets Written Warning After Killing a Wolf

Gov. Greg Gianforte of Montana violated a state hunting requirement last month when he trapped and killed a wolf near Yellowstone National Park without first taking a mandated trapper education course, state officials said on Tuesday.

Mr. Gianforte, who has a license to hunt wolves, received a written warning for the violation, according to Greg Lemon, a spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. “We’ve treated this as we would anybody” in a similar situation, he said. “It’s important to us the integrity of our process, no matter who we’re dealing with, is maintained.”

Mr. Gianforte trapped and shot an adult black wolf on Feb. 15 near Yellowstone National Park, Boise State Public Radio reported[1] on Tuesday. Morgan Warthin, spokeswoman for Yellowstone National Park, said the wolf, No. 1155, was born in the park, was estimated to be 6 or 7 years old and had been collared by park biologists in 2018.

“Once the wolf left the park, it no longer was considered a Yellowstone wolf,” she said.

Montana regulations require that wolf traps be checked at least once every 48 hours, that wolves harvested be reported within 24 hours and that the skull and hides be inspected within 10 days of being killed, Mr. Lemon said. Referring to the governor, Mr. Lemon said, “Everything had been done the way it was supposed to,” except for completing the wolf-trapper certification class.

Telephone messages left with Mr. Gianforte’s staff on Tuesday were not immediately returned. Brooke Stroyke, a spokeswoman for Mr. Gianforte, told The Associated Press[2] that the governor had “immediately rectified the mistake.” Mr. Gianforte signed up for the first available course, scheduled for Wednesday, Mr. Lemon said.

Ms. Stroyke told The A.P. that this was the first wolf the governor had killed.

The one-time certification class, which lasts about three hours, teaches trappers about wolf biology, best practices for trapping and related regulations, Mr. Lemon said. “The class is geared toward the ethical harvest of wolves.”

The episode came as Mr. Gianforte is expected to receive, and support, several bills aimed at loosening wolf hunting and trapping regulations, including allowing the use of neck snares and offsetting certain costs for trappers.

Critics have urged Mr. Gianforte not to loosen the state’s wolf hunting and trapping regulations.

“The use of neck snares for wolves is particularly cruel,” Kitty Block[3], president and chief executive of the Humane Society of the United States, wrote on her blog[4] last month. “Wolves have extremely well-muscled necks and suffer greatly when trapped in these devices.”

On Tuesday, referring to the governor’s wolf trapping episode, Ms. Block wrote[5], “Gov. Greg Gianforte should have known better.”

Mr. Gianforte, a Republican former congressman, was elected governor in November, with the support of the Montana Trappers Association.

“Trapping is part of our Montana way of life,” Mr. Gianforte said at the time, News Talk KGVO reported[6]. “Make no mistake, the effort to stop trapping in Montana is an attack on our heritage,” he said.

This was not Mr. Gianforte’s first brush with hunting regulators. In 2000, Mr. Gianforte illegally killed an elk and was issued a $ 70 ticket by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Mr. Lemon said.

In June 2017, Mr. Gianforte was sentenced[7] to 40 hours of community service and 20 hours of anger management classes for assaulting a reporter the night before he won a seat in the House of Representatives.


  1. ^ Boise State Public Radio reported (www.boisestatepublicradio.org)
  2. ^ The Associated Press (www.baynews9.com)
  3. ^ Kitty Block (blog.humanesociety.org)
  4. ^ wrote on her blog (blog.humanesociety.org)
  5. ^ Ms. Block wrote (blog.humanesociety.org)
  6. ^ News Talk KGVO reported (newstalkkgvo.com)
  7. ^ sentenced (www.nytimes.com)

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The Beatles: George Harrison's touching John Lennon tribute song written with the band

The Beatles: George Harrison's touching John Lennon tribute song written with the band
George Harrison released his ninth album, Somewhere in England, in 1981. The album received middling reviews, with Rolling Stone and Uncut awarding it two stars out of five. The album’s first released single in 1981 was rewritten to pay tribute to fellow member of The Beatles, John Lennon, after his death.
George was joined by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to write All Those Years Ago in November 1980 for Starr’s new album.

The recording of the song was the first time three members of the Fab Four had worked together since 1970 when the band broke up.

The Beatles split happened shortly after John’s announcement he was leaving the band in 1969. Less than a year later, in 1970, McCartney also announced he was going to make his exit.

George wrote All Those Years Ago and recorded it with Paul and Ringo, but Ringo wasn’t happy with how it sounded and gave it back to George.

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On December 8, 1980, John was shot dead in New York City.

Within the following six months, George reworked the already-recorded song and rewrote the lyrics.

This time around, George had his late friend in mind and even included some references to John and his music.

First was a reference to The Beatles’ song All You Need Is Love. All Those Years Ago went: “But you point the way to the truth when you say / All you need is love.”

George went on: “That’s the difference. Now you need the big cosmic telephone to speak to him.

“But I believe that life goes on, and so to me, I can’t get sad.

“I’m sad that I can’t go play guitars with John but then I did that, anyway. I did that for a long time. So, we’ll meet again somewhere down the line.”

John was murdered by Mark David Chapman, who shot the singer in the archway at The Dakota, his home, in New York.

Earlier that day, Chapman had met Lennon and asked him to sign his copy of the album Double Fantasy while he was on his way to a recording session.

Chapman remained outside The Dakota in wait for the singer.

When John returned, Chapman shot five hollow-point bullets at him, four of which hit him in the back.

John was later pronounced dead on arrival at Roosevelt Hospital aged 40-years-old.