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Latest update on 18/11/2014

Artist: Beatles
Author: John Lennon/Paul McCartney
Label: Parlophone
Year: 1965

Credited to both Lennon & McCartney but written by Paul alone. Working title: Scrambled Eggs (Oh My Baby You Got Lovely Legs). Apart from George, the other Beatles weren't even in the studio when McCartney recorded it, accompanied by a string quartet. That was George Martin's idea and the first time orchestration reached the Beatles. N°1 US, no single in UK (at least not in '65). Also rejected by Billy J. Kramer. In 2006, out of the blue, Italian sources linked McCartney's melody with an old folksong from Naples: Piccerà Che Vene A Dicere (1895). Every newspaper copied the same information while no one seemed to check. There ain't such a song to be found, not on the internet, not even in the Archivio Sonore della Canzone Napoletana.

Covers:

1965:

Marianne Faithfull

1965:

Matt Monro

1966:

Rijk De Gooyer

1966:

Ria Valk [as Beste Kees]

1966:

Liesbeth List [as Gisteren]

1966:

Lily Castel [as Eens Een Dag]

1966:

Hugues Aufray [as Je croyais]

1966:

Cathy Berberian [mezzo soprano and Mrs. Luciano Berio]

1967:

Ray Charles

1968:

Tom Jones

1969:

Frank Sinatra

1969:

Toots Thielemans

1970:

Elvis Presley

1970:

Marvin Gaye

1975:

Sjef Van Oekel [as Gisteren]

1975:

Dr. John

1981:

Wild Man Fischer

1984:

Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson

1987:

Dionne Warwick

1989:

Eva Cassidy [posthumous release]

1992:

En Vogue

1997:

Wet Wet Wet [on soundtrack Bean, The Movie; sung by Rowan Atkinson in the film ('Suddenly')]

2003:

An & Jan [as Spiegelei]

2010:

Paul McCartney & Jimmy Fallon [as Scrambled Eggs; it was this TV host's idea to finally record a decent working title version, with the author]

More than 2.500 registrated versions. To see them all lined up one after another, go and visit the publishing room in London's Sound Archive (Exhibition Road).

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