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  1. Kwai Chang says:

    Pre-game warm up…
    America is about to hear Yesterday for the first time…
    sung LIVE…guaranteed to melt any doubts…
    studio humidity will spike at 98%…
    The U.S. will never be this youthful again…
    historical adolescence is on the wane
    …and, probably the last time that those seats ever got wet…
    (I believe in yesterday)

  2. Jorge says:

    Hey Kwai, you left out “stuffy old businessmen lurking in the background”………

  3. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    It’s in England, Kwai – Blackpool to be precise – 1st August 1965. American TV viewers had to wait until September for their first live “Yesterday” moment.

  4. Kwai Chang says:

    @ A Car…
    Thank you, so much!
    I thought this was from the last Ed Sullivan appearance!
    So, Yesterday made its UK debut at The Blackpool Show…and its US debut was on the last Ed Sullivan. It’s cool to hear the audience want to scream…only to stop and listen to the unfamiliar tune. I realize large venues aren’t the best acoustics for a quiet tune…but, the Blackpool and Ed Sullivan performances of Yesterday are the only ones I’ve heard that do it justice. That’s because the song suffers in it’s electrified incarnation. The live version should have been the same as Ed Sullivan…just Paul…acoustic guitar…quartet accompaniment/tape. (Speaking of strings): Did the Blackpool debut of Yesterday feature the pre-taped string quartet as on Ed Sullivan?
    Any help is appreciated!

  5. Datey, Mr Horse, can you settle for me once and for all, what WAS the story with the strings on both shows?, were they live in the studio, if they were a backing tape, how did the synch it so they came in at the right time, was there a click track or something for Paul to hear or something?

  6. Keith Bratley says:

    It would have been nice if there was audio from the late 1965 British concert tour then we could have compared the version they played with Paul on electric piano and the others backing.

  7. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    I haven’t done a comparison-to-comparison test of both TV slots to see if the strings are the same but I would have assumed it was a string quartet playing off camera. Over to you, Henry…

  8. henry_the_horse says:

    Thank you, Car. First they tried the playback strings/live acoustic guitar and vocals idea -hence the presence of a microphone for the acoustic guitar during rehearsals- but it was later abandoned in favor of the good old live vocals over playback, like the “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” promo films. That is why there is no microphone for the acoustic guitar in the proper performance.

  9. Ahhhh!!!, so it was a backing tape with just live vocals!, was it the same on both shows?.

    It always freaked me out how they got a tape of the straings to synch up with live guitar and vocals.

  10. henry_the_horse says:

    What do you mean “on both shows”? Blackpool Night Out, 1/8/1965 was live vocal, pre-recorded strings and guitar. Ed Sullivan Show? Live vocals and guitar, pre-recorded strings.

  11. So on Sullivan it was live guitar as well?, this is the point that has confused me, if it was live vocals and guitar on Sullivan, what was the technogy used so the strings came in at the right time, was there a click track, or was it just someone sitting there and pressing ‘play’ when it was time for the strings?, that’s what has me confused, I don’t hear a count in or anything at the start for Paul to follow. On Blackpool if it hast the guitar I can see how Paul just sang along with the backing, but on Sullivan it seems more complex if it was just Paul’s guitar played live.

  12. henry_the_horse says:

    In Ed Sullivan Show, there was another guitar recorded to play along.

  13. Tammy says:

    Ahhhh, now it’s all clear :-)

  14. Kwai Chang says:

    Thanks, everyone!
    That is fascinating information. I have wondered about all of that for a long time. (Tammy’s questions were all on my list)…now, we can all rest easy.
    I just wonder if that pre-recorded strings tape was in violation of the musicians union ‘no-miming’ clause. “Sod the rules, Gents…mime anytime you’d like”.
    A Car, henry, Tammy…THAT’s why I believe in yesterday!
    (this blog is the best)

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