In our second chapter in this podcast series, we explore the creation myth surrounding this famous song, Eleanor Rigby. Travel with us, back in time, to the very moment of formation, of… the Beatles.
Why this moment in time?
Well, because it provides one of several clues we unearth regarding the creation of this song. Join us in our forensic investigation, as we discover what, in the world, a psychological ‘phenomenon,’ known as cryptomnesia, has to do with the creation of Eleanor Rigby.
Buckle up, for we are going to visit a very specific graveyard in Woolton, just outside Liverpool. And there — everything will be revealed. Well, almost everything. Try to figure out now, in advance, if you can … what the film, Psycho!, has to do with this song, Eleanor Rigby!
McCartney, Christopher Sandford; Carroll and Graf Publishers; 2006
Paul McCartney, the Life, Philip Norman; Little Brown and Company; 2016
Songwriting Secrets of the Beatles, Dominic Pedler; Omnibus Press; 2003
This is Your Brain on Music, The Science of a Human Obsession; Daniel J. Levitin; Plume; 2007
Recording the Beatles, Kevin Ryan & Brian Kehew, Curvebender Publishing; 2006
The Beatles Anthology; Chronicle Books; 2000
Sunbeams Music Trust; private communication with Annie Mawson, Director; by Mike Sugar of Stroll Down Penny Lane
The Girl Can’t Help It; produced and directed by Frank Tashlin, with a screenplay adapted by Frank Tashlin and Herbert Baker; 1956
Psycho! directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock; written by Joseph Stefano; 1960
Annie Mawson — as herself.
This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.