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Lombardo, Guy Mitchell, Henry Mancini, Howard Keel, the Impressions, Jack Jones, Jackie Gleason, James Brown, Jan and Dean, Jimmy Dorsey, Johnny Mathis, Johnny Ray, Jose Feliciano, Kate Smith, Kiri Te Kanawa, Lawrence Welk, Lee Morgan, Lou Rawls, Marianne Faithfull, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Matt Monro, Michael Bolton, Michel Legrand,
Nat 'King' Cole, Nelson Riddle, Nicky Hopkins, Oscar Peterson, Otis Redding, Pat Boone, Patti Labelle, Paul McCartney, Perry Como, Placido Domingo, PP Arnold, Ray Charles, Ray Conniff, Sarah Vaughan, the Seekers, Shirley Bassey, Smokey Robinson and the Contemporary Single went to 'King Of The Road' by Roger Miller Nice songs, if you like that kind of thing, but - sorry, Grammy committee - they're not in the same league as 'Yesterday'.
Did you know... that "Yesterday” has been broadcast nearly seven million times in America?
It passed the five million mark in the autumn of 1990. It passed the six million mark in the autumn of 1993. It's on its way to seven million as you read this. (And the 30th anniversary airplay will Miracles, the Smothers Brothers, Stan Kenton, Stephane Grappelli, the Temptations, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Tom Jones, Trini Lopez, the Ventures, Wes Montgomery, Willie Nelson, Wings and approximately 2904 others.
Did you know... that 'Yesterday' has never won a Grammy?
Laughable, but true. 'Yesterday' was expected to figure highly in the 1966 presentations, but the Record of the Year award for 1965 went to 'A Taste Of Honey' by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass; Song of the Year went to 'The Shadow Of Your Smile' written by Paul Webster and Johnny Mandel; Best Male Solo Vocal award went to Frank Sinatra for It Was A Very Good Year'; and Best push that progress along nicely.)
Assuming six-and-a-half million plays to date, at just over two minutes per performance, that's the equivalent, in this one territory alone, of non-stop playing for virtually 26 years. Add the other continents and you quickly realise, disconcertingly, that 'Yesterday' has been played for longer, cumulatively, than it's been around.
PS. Look out for the book McCartney: Yesterday & Today, to be published in September. Written by Ray Coleman, it includes a new interview with Paul in which he talks in-depth about his most popular song.
CHEERIO, SO LONG, PIP-PIP, OLD BEAN
Viv Stanshall: singer, composer, wit, raconteur, Bonzo Dog and general all-round lovable loopy chappie, died, age 51, on 5 March 1995. His friend Paul McCartney was invited to pay tribute and this is what he had to say
"I originally met Viv in the London club days, out and about on the town. We used to have drinks and a laugh together and he was a lovely, funny man. He was in The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, which I saw live on stage at the Saville Theatre a couple of times when Brian Epstein promoted shows there. They were very eccentric — sort of modern yet very old-fashioned — following on from bands like the Temperance Seven.
"Then I phoned Viv and asked if the Bonzos would be in Magical Mystery Tour with us. They did the scene with the stripper that we filmed in Paul Raymond's Revuebar and I think they had a pretty good time, playing while the woman took off her clothes.
"So Viv became a very good friend and I used to visit him at his house — I remember that he had an aquarium with turtles, at which we used to sit and wonder! Then he asked me to produce their next single 'I'm The Urban Spaceman', which I did at Chappell Studios. I went down there, met the guys, and Viv had a length of brightly-coloured plastic piping which made a noise when he swirled it around his head. That was to be his contribution. We chatted a while and then I produced the record. He suggested that I be credited as "Apollo C Vermouth", which indeed I am, still, to this day. It turned out to be the Bonzos only hit, although hit singles is not what they were about anyway.
"I'll always remember Viv and Keith Moon being a sort of double act, the two of them playing very, very posh English gentleman. They did have their crazy side, of course, but whenever I saw them together they were perfect gentlemen. They did a joint Radio 1 show, which I heard while driving up to Scotland and was the inspiration for Oobujoobu.
"Over the following years Viv and I would see each other, on and off, at functions, but I gradually lost touch with him, so it was with particular sadness that I heard he had died. He was a wonderful man and he'll be much missed."