Yesterday, 50 years later (+ Audio and Video)

Behind the music: Yesterday, 50 years later (+ Audio and Video)

2021-06-29 13:37:47 / web.radiorebelde@icrt.cu / Pedro Rafael Cruz Gonzalez


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Last February 25 we missed a special day for the station. That day, 50 years ago, Rebelde aired the first and most likely the only radio biography ever made of The Beatles in this country. It was part of the De Program, a space that Rebelde broadcast every day at seven in the morning and that every Monday was completely with the music of the English.

This memory is important as a denial to those who today insist on Creole censorship and prohibitions on foreign music. False and this is a good example.

The program in question is one in duration, but for obvious reasons we have made it a shorter version. Here they will listen to their original announcers: Héctor José Fraga Marsán, the host of Juntos a las Nueve, La Hora del Cañonazo, and the best voice of Cuba, Ana Margarita Gil.

Fraga is unfortunately no longer with us, but Ana Margarita is still part of Rebelde.

In this space we have constantly listened to the music of The Beatles. It is undoubtedly the most famous quartet of recent years, its sounds were marking a musical evolution that led the world to listen to certain instruments such as the cello, the French horn, the oboe, the cello, the clarinet or the trumpet, as well as traditional instruments. Hindus like quote and table. In the end they were constituted as a true school.

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Although John, Ringo, George and above all Paul, handled some instruments, mainly guitars, percussions, piano and organ, the development of their music made them request the presence of those studio musicians, some of them already really recognized, to interpret some passages in certain songs or take the whole piece in question.

Although at first the critics were not very convinced, with this fact that touch of higher quality in sound, arrangements and tonality was taken for granted, always under the baton of the so-called “fifth beatle” George Martin, who was always thanked for these contributions in the creative laboratory that Abbey Road Studio # 2 became.

During the days necessary to record the album HELP, corresponding to the film of the same title, on Monday June 14, 1965, shortly after 7 at night, only one of them entered the studio to record today the most covered song of the history of contemporary music: Scrambbled Eggs (scrambled eggs) that would later be known to the world as YESTERDAY. It was Paul McCartney who had dreamed up his sweet, romantic theme and now managed to add melodious lyrics to it that described someone in search of a trouble-free, loving past.

From the beginning, George Martin was very enthusiastic about the song, with the absolute premonition that this would be a musical event, despite the fact that it would be played by a single beatle accompanied by his guitar. Others immediately understood the matter, although it would officially appear in the credits as Lennon / McCartney.

Martin had the idea of ​​proposing a string quartet to accompany Paul’s solitary guitar, but Paul resolutely refused. He did not want it to sound like an orchestra, saying: “We are not classical musicians, we would sound old-fashioned.” However, Martin was convincing and inquisitive and, due to his career conducting orchestras with great mastery, he managed to get Paul to accept, but on the condition that “it did not sound too mellow, without vibrato so as not to sound too mellow”. Martin, who already knew what he was up to, accepted it.

Then the fifth beatle prepared a chamber orchestra composed of a first violin, Tony Gilbert, a second violin, Sidney Sax and a viola by Kenneth Essex. But the main solo of the string quartet would be in charge of the Spanish cellist Francisco Gabarró.

George Martin introduced Gabarró to McCartney and two days before the June 14 recording they talked and talked about how to work on Martin’s idea and what the sound that Paul wanted for his song should be like.

It was the first song by The Beatles with the participation of other musicians and it was also the first of the 10,000 recorded versions that it has today, among which Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Count Basey, Tom Jones, Shirley Basey stand out. , Plácido Domingo, Aretha Franklin, The Supremes and even Luciano Pavarotti.

Francisco Gabarró unfortunately passed away from esophageal cancer on November 14, 1990 and shortly before he died he had the opportunity to obtain the gratitude and recognition of Sir Paul McCartney in one of his last photos.


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