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2001-May-14: The Trouble With Yoko

Sir Paul has revealed that Yoko Ono has earned more than he did from his classic tune "Yesterday", the most covered song of all time.   Although the composition is credited to both Lennon and McCartney, he wrote and recorded the song alone. In spite of this, he gets only a small percentage of the proceeds:

"John and I were 20 when we signed our first agreement in a dark flat in Liverpool which still applies to this day. And many bosses later - most recently Michael Jackson and Sony - we still haven't had a raise.  Luckily I've done so well I don't feel bitter, but it's pretty terrible and wrong. They should recognize our success and alter the deal. At one point Yoko earned more from Yesterday than I did. It doesn't compute, especially when it's the only song that none of the Beatles had anything to do with. I asked as a favor if I could have my name before John's on the Anthology credits for Yesterday, and Yoko refused."

However, Sir Paul said life was too short to keep pursuing the matter with her.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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