"He can't believe she is being so petty," says a source close to Sir Paul concerning the latest installment in the McCartney-Ono feud over the rights to the song Yesterday. Today's London's Daily Mail reports that Yoko Ono is preventing Sir Paul from including Yesterday on his new solo album of love songs set to be released in time for Valentine's Day, 2005. Sir Paul needs the approval of the entire Apple group ( Ringo, Yoko and George's widow Olivia) to include the tune on the album since it is a Beatles song. He has the approval of everyone except Yoko. Sir Paul is said to be so upset that he may not finish the album project. The source close to Sir Paul is quoted as saying:
"Even though she knows John did not have a hand in writing Yesterday she insisted that as a Beatles song it should not be on a Paul McCartney solo album. This situation is becoming more and more petty. And what infuriates Paul the most is that he knows if John were still around there would not even be a problem."
The squabble began back in 2000 when Yoko and the three surviving Beatles were working together to produce the Beatles Anthology DVD/book and the Beatles 1 album. Sir Paul asked if then names on the credits for his song Yesterday could be reversed to read McCartney/Lennon rather that the usual Lennon/McCartney. Four years ago, Sir Paul explained:
"I felt that after 30 years this would be a nice gesture and something that might be easy for Yoko to agree with. At first she said yes, but then she rang back a couple of hours later and reversed her decision."
When Sir Paul released his Back In The U.S. Live in 2002, all the credits for the Beatles tunes read "composed by Paul McCartney and John Lennon". In retaliation, Yoko removed Sir Paul's name from the credit for Give Peace A Chance on John's Lennon Legend DVD.
So the feud continues. A spokesman for Yoko Ono said: "This is a Beatles decision - you need to speak to Apple." So far, Apple has been unavailable for comment.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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