“I woke up with a lovely tune in my head. I thought, ‘That’s great, I wonder what that is?’ There was an upright piano next to me, to the right of the bed by the window.
I got out of bed, sat at the piano, found G, found F sharp minor 7th – and that leads you through then to B to E minor, and finally back to E. It all leads forward logically. I liked the melody a lot but because I’d dreamed it I couldn’t believe I’d written it.
McCartney initially thought he was copying one of the jazz tunes he had learned from his father
The original version of the most widely covered song of all time was never released as a single in the UK. The Beatles were concerned that YESTERDAY would compromise their rock and roll image so it remained an album track on Help (1965). Crooner - and former bus conductor - Matt Monroe had no such inhibitions. He took YESTERDAY to the top of the British chart in the same year.