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Fact #150143


Short story:

The Beatles' song Michelle receives the Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed song of 1966 in the UK.

Full article:

Muriel Young (radio presenter) : He (Paul) sat on our sofa with Jane Asher and he was trying to find the words. It wasn't 'Michelle, ma belle' then. He was singing "Goodnight, sweetheart' and then 'Hello, my dear' just looking for something that would fit the rhythm.

Jan Vaughan (French language teacher) : He asked me if I could think of a French girl's first name, with two syllables, and then a description of the girl which would rhyme. He played me the rhythm on his guitar and that's when I came up with 'Michelle, ma Belle.' It was some days later that he phoned me up and asked if I could translate the phrase 'these are words that go together well.'

John Lennon : Paul and I were staying somewhere, and he walked in and hummed the first few bars, with the words, then he says, 'Where do I go from here>' I'd been listening to blues singer Nina Simone, who did something like 'I lo-o-ove you' in the middle of one of her songs, and that made me think of the middle eight for Michelle - I love you, I love you, I lo-o-ove you.'
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