I find it really hard to believe that Paul hasn’t really, really listened to cover tunes of what is arguably his most famous song. I mean it is the most covered song in the world, of all-time. You would think, you would hope that he has at least paid attention to a few of those covers.
Has Paul heard Sinatra’s version? Nope. Ray Charles’ cover? Nope. Elvis’ take on the classic? Nope. It seems that our beloved Beatle just never paid attention.
So, my dear readers, here’s the question for the day….
- What is your favorite cover version of “Yesterday?”
Let us know in the comments section below.
(And, sorry you cannot say that the originial is the best. Paul’s version cannot be touched. It must be by an artist other than Paul McCartney.)
Here’s a list of “Yesterday” covers to get you thinking about it. By no means is this list complete.
Also, check out John Winn’s beatleg podcast on how Paul wrote Yesterday in a dream. It’s quite funny actually.
Here’s what we’ve read.
Paul McCartney caught up on the phenomenon that is his “Yesterday” tune recently after a pal recorded the 10 most amazing covers for him. The former Beatle still can’t believe the song he wrote after waking one morning with it playing in his head has become the most covered tune of all time, and admits he hadn’t heard many of the renditions by other artists.
McCartney says, “I realized I’d hardly heard any of these 3,000 cover versions, so I had someone make me a CD of the 10 most amazing covers… Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles.”
But in playing the covers, perfectionist McCartney realized the greats had tweaked his lyrics.
He explains, “The funniest thing was, three or four of them changed the lyric very subtly. Fabulous. In the middle I go, ‘I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday…’ But they don’t. They go, ‘I must’ve said something wrong,’ like, ‘I doubt very much whether I did.’ Certainly Elvis does. He’s not admitting a thing.”