Sunday, 28 March 2021

What is the most recorded song of all time?

YESTERDAY was never released as a single in the UK

In 1986 the Guinness Book of Records declared YESTERDAY the most recorded song of all time. There were 1600 versions then — and this figure has risen to more than 2000. It has been popular in several genres — in including jazz and classical — and is a cabaret staple across the world.

YESTERDAY famously came to McCartney in a dream. For several days he was convinced that he had subconsciously plagiarized the melody. Eventually George Martin convinced him that he had not - later musicologist would point to the influence of Ray Charles but YESTERDAY is clearly a McCartney original.

Finding words proved a lot trickier. The working title was ‘Scrambled Eggs’ and the opening couplet  unpromising :
Scrambled eggs/Oh how I love your legs.
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