Paul McCartney woke up one morning with the tune to 'Yesterday' in his head but not the lyrics.
Yesterday, The Beatles' ode to lost love which has become the most covered song in the world, was recorded and mastered during this week 50 years ago.
Arguably Paul McCartney's most recognizable creation, Yesterday also has one of the most fascinating backstories in contemporary musical history.
Quite literally. As McCartney explained in 1980: "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. I thought, 'No, I've never written like this before.' But I had the tune, which was the most magic thing."
McCartney was living in Wimpole Street, London, at the time, at the family home of Jane Asher, who he was dating at the time. Asher was present, albeit asleep, several months later when the final lyrics were attached to the song, during a 180-mile drive through Portugal.