- Paul McCartney said a song from The Beatles’ The White Album was recorded in a cramped space.
- John Lennon said the track was self-conscious.
- The White Album became an international hit.
Paul McCartney said one of the songs from The Beatles‘ The White Album (1968) was recorded in a cramped space. Subsequently, Paul wanted John Lennon to change the title of the song. John refused and explained why he kept the title intact.
Paul McCartney said 1 song from The Beatles’ ‘The White Album’ was recorded in a cramped room
In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, Paul discussed one song from The White Album. “We all liked blues but ‘Yer Blues‘ was John’s: John’s lyrics, John’s whole song as far as I recall,” he said. “We were always looking for different ways to record things, and next to the control room in No. 2 studio in Abbey Road where we were working, there was a little tape room.
“It was quite a small room, about 10 feet by 4 feet, a poky cupboard really that normally had tapes and microphone leads and jack plugs in it,’ Paul added. “And we said, ‘Can we record in there?’ And George Martin said, ‘What, the whole band?’ We said, ‘Yes! Let’s try it!'”
John Lennon said the title of The Beatles’ ‘Yer Blues’ was self-conscious
In a 1970 interview in the book Lennon Remembers, John was asked if “Yer Blues” was a self-conscious song. “Yeah, yeah, so there’s a self-consciousness about suddenly singing blues,” he said. “But Paul was saying, ‘Don’t call it ‘Yer Blues,’ just say it straight.'” John compared “Yer Blues” to self-conscious blues songs by Bob Dylan.
John explained why he ignored Paul’s wishes. “But I was self-conscious, and I went for ‘Yer Blues,'” he said. “But I think all that is past now, because we’ve all got over it, that self-consciousness.”
How ‘Yer Blues’ and ‘The White Album’ performed on the pop charts in the United States and the United Kingdom
The Official Charts Company reports “Yer Blues” never charted in the United Kingdom either. Meanwhile, The White Album topped the U.K. chart for eight weeks. The album stayed on the chart for a total of 37 weeks.
“Yer Blues” has a legacy outside of its appearance on The White Album. John performed it in the film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus. The jam band Phish also recorded the track.
Paul wanted “Yer Blues” to have a different title — but John followed his instincts.