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.'
(Source : not known)