This song was written by Paul McCartney but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. It was first recorded by The Beatles in 1966. None of The Beatles play instruments on the track and Ringo Starr does not feature on the recording. It was recorded at EMI Studios and was produced by George Martin. George Martin did the string arrangement for the recording. Take 14, the strings only backing, was released on Anthology 2 in 1996. Eleanor Rigby was released as a double A-side single with Yellow Submarine. It reached number one on the UK Singles chart and number eleven on the Billboard chart. The song was also released on The Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver. The song was used in The Beatles’ 1968 movie Yellow Submarine. A new remix was released on The Beatles’ 2006 album Love. It was part of a medley along with Julia. George Martin recorded an instrumental version of the song in 1966 for his album George Martin Instrumentally Salutes The Beatle Girls.
Paul McCartney re-recorded the song in 1984 for his album Give My Regards To Broad Street. It is part of a medley with the instrumental song Eleanor’s Dream. The medley is used in the 1984 movie Give My Regards To Broad Street starring Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Eleanor Rigby is part of Paul McCartney’s repertoire. Live versions have been released on Tripping The Live Fantastic (1990), Back In The U.S. (2002), Back In The World (2003), and Good Evening New York City (2009). The song has also been recorded by Vanilla Fudge, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, and Ray Charles among others.
Now Hear This: Eleanor Rigby – George Martin (1966)
Eleanor Rigby/Eleanor’s Dream – Paul McCartney (1984)
Eleanor Rigby – Paul McCartney (1990)
Eleanor Rigby (Take 14) – The Beatles (1996)
Eleanor Rigby – Paul McCartney (2002)
Eleanor Rigby – Paul McCartney (2003)
Eleanor Rigby/Julia (Transition) – The Beatles (2006)
Eleanor Rigby – Paul McCartney (2009)