Thursday 22 February 2018

Macca: 'Yesterday' was nearly electro-pop hit

Anthony Barnes London

Paul McCartney has revealed how he had planned to get the musical pioneer behind the 'Doctor Who' theme to make one of The Beatles' most famous songs, 'Yesterday', into an early piece of electronica.

He told how he approached Delia Derbyshire from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop to work on the song, even visiting her home, after showing an interest in experimental music.

McCartney, pictured, spoke about the historic collaboration that might have been, in a new interview with 'Q' magazine.

Ms Derbyshire is hailed as a hugely important figure in electronic music. Her work on the 'Doctor Who' theme famously meant the composer, Ron Grainer, barely recognised his own tune.

McCartney said of their encounter: "I even found out where Ms Derbyshire lived, and went round to visit her. My plan in meeting her was to do an electronic backing for my song, 'Yesterday'.

"We'd already recorded it with a string quartet, but I wanted to give the arrangement electronic backing."

McCartney does not explain why his hoped-for electronic version did not happen in the interview.

Irish Independent

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