Yes It Is

This page provides information on The Beatles’ 1965 song, “Yes It Is”. Of course, this song is the B-side to “Ticket To Ride” which was a great success.

In Detail

Albums/Single

Release Date: 9th April, 1965 (UK), 19th April, 1965 (US)
Format: 7-inch single (B-side) (A-side being “Ticket to Ride“), also albums
Recorded: 16th February, 1965
Recording Studio: Abbey Road Studios, London
Genre: Pop
Track Duration: 2:41
Record Label: Parlophone
Songwriters: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

Performers

John Lennon: double-tracked lead vocals, also the rhythm semi-acoustic guitar
Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, also the bass guitar
George Harrison: harmony vocal, volume-pedalled lead electric guitar
Ringo Starr: drums, also the tambourine

Track Sources

7″ Single
Past Masters
Anthology 2

Yes It Is

This song features three-part vocal harmonies with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison all working pleasantly together. In fact, the harmonic motion is very rich, warm and detailed. We also see George Harrison’s effective use of the volume pedal guitar which is prominent throughout.

Yes It Is - Beatles single - B-side to Ticket To Ride
Yes It Is (Single) (1965)
Yes It Is is a Beatles' single and its on their
Past Masters Album (1988)
Yes It Is is a Beatles' song which is also on their Anthology 2 album
Anthology 2 Album (1996)

John Lennon’s Ballad

Documented in an interview with Playboy Magazine, John Lennon says that he tried to emulate the song style of “This Boy“. However, John admits that it “didn’t quite work”.

Paul McCartney was a little more upbeat about the song in Barry Miles’ Many Years From Now (McCartney’s official biography):

“I was there writing it with John, but it was his inspiration that I helped him finish off. Yes It Is is a very fine song of John’s, a ballad, unusual for John. He wrote some beautiful ballads but I’m known generally as the balladeer.”

Recording Studio

In the Abbey Road Recording Studios, London, on the 16th February, 1965, it took 14 takes before perfecting things. That took around two hours but they needed to add the complicated vocals which took a further three hours. George Martin actually suggested that they sing their three-part harmony in the style of a barber shop quartet.

While they spent five hours on “Yes It Is” the band had time to complete George Harrison’s, “I Need You”. That also sees the use of George Harrison’s volume pedal guitar.

Chart Success

Because the A-side was “Ticket To Ride”, and that went to number one in many countries around the world, “Yes It Is” was a popular flip-side. However, unlike the A-side, this song didn’t appear in the film, Help! Be that as it may, the US version of this track says it was. Obviously this was an error. Incidentally, the American release shows the working title of the film instead, “Eight Arms to Hold You”!

Cover Versions

Don Henley performed the song which is also available on “Bridge School Concerts, Volume 1”. While Billy Joel says that “Yes It Is” gave him the influence for his song, “Through The Long Night”, from 1980. British Comedian, Peter Sellers, recorded his version as a spoken parody available on “A Celebration of Sellers” (1993).

Author: Bobby

I have been a Beatles fan since the early 1960s so I speak from my heart and soul. It was a pleasure to accept the role of Admin on The Beatles Forum when we left our old site. If you feel that something needs correcting with the information I provide, please contact me.

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