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“Eleanor Rigby”
“Eleanor Rigby” cover
Single by The Beatles
from the album Revolver
A-side "Yellow Submarine"
Released 5 August 1966(UK)
8 August 1966(US)
Format 7"
Recorded Abbey Road Studios: 28-29 April;
6 June 1966
Genre Pop
Length 2:06
Label Parlophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
Writer(s) Lennon/McCartney
Producer George Martin
The Beatles singles chronology
"Paperback Writer"
"Yellow Submarine" / "Eleanor Rigby"
"Strawberry Fields Forever" / "Penny Lane"
I was sitting at the piano when I thought of it. The first few bars just came to me, and I got this name in my head... Daisy Hawkins picks up the rice in the church. I don't know why. I couldn't think of much more so I put it away for a day. Then the name Father McCartney came to me, and all the lonely people. But I thought that people would think it was supposed to be about my Dad sitting knitting his socks. Dad's a happy lad. So I went through the telephone book and I got the name McKenzie. I was in Bristol when I decided Daisy Hawkins wasn't a good name. I walked 'round looking at the shops, and I saw the name Rigby. Then I took the song down to John's house in Weybridge. We sat around, laughing, got stoned and finished it off.

—Paul McCartney, 1966

Paul's baby, and I helped with the education of the child... The violin backing was Paul's idea. Jane Asher had turned him on to Vivaldi, and it was very good.

—John Lennon, 1980

I got the name Rigby from a shop in Bristol. I was wandering round Bristol one day and saw a shop called Rigby. And I think Eleanor was from Eleanor Bron, the actress we worked with in the film 'Help!' But I just liked the name. I was looking for a name that sounded natural. Eleanor Rigby sounded natural.

—Paul McCartney, 1984

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