Lennon–McCartney

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Lennon–McCartney (sometimes McCartney–Lennon) was the songwriting partnership between English musicians John Lennon (1940–1980) and Paul McCartney (born 1942) of the Beatles.wikipedia
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John Lennon

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Lennon–McCartney (sometimes McCartney–Lennon) was the songwriting partnership between English musicians John Lennon (1940–1980) and Paul McCartney (born 1942) of the Beatles.
His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history.

Paul McCartney

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Lennon–McCartney (sometimes McCartney–Lennon) was the songwriting partnership between English musicians John Lennon (1940–1980) and Paul McCartney (born 1942) of the Beatles.
His songwriting partnership with John Lennon remains the most successful in history.

The Beatles

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Lennon–McCartney (sometimes McCartney–Lennon) was the songwriting partnership between English musicians John Lennon (1940–1980) and Paul McCartney (born 1942) of the Beatles.
Led by the band's primary songwriters, Lennon and McCartney, the Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, initially with Stuart Sutcliffe playing bass.

Yesterday (Beatles song)

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According to Guinness World Records, "Yesterday" has been recorded by more musicians than any other song.
"Yesterday" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles, written by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

George Harrison

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They often invited friends—including George Harrison, Nigel Walley, Barbara Baker, and Lennon's art school colleagues—to listen to performances of their new songs.
Although the majority of the band's songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, most Beatles albums from 1965 onwards contained at least two Harrison compositions.

Hey Jude

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"Hey Jude" is another example of a later McCartney song that had input from Lennon: while auditioning the song for Lennon, when McCartney came to the lyric "the movement you need is on your shoulder", McCartney assured Lennon that he would change the line—which McCartney felt was nonsensical—as soon as he could come up with a better lyric.
It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership.

Hello Little Girl

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Two songs written (primarily by Lennon) in 1957, "Hello Little Girl" and "One After 909", were credited to the partnership when published in the following decade.
"Hello Little Girl" is the first song written by John Lennon, and credited to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership.

One After 909

Two songs written (primarily by Lennon) in 1957, "Hello Little Girl" and "One After 909", were credited to the partnership when published in the following decade.
It was written by John Lennon, with input from Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney).

Eleanor Rigby

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It was written primarily by Paul McCartney and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Woman (Paul McCartney song)

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"Woman" by Peter and Gordon in 1966, "Cat Call" by Chris Barber in 1967, and "Penina" by Carlos Mendes in 1969).
Under the Lennon–McCartney moniker, McCartney had written three previous Peter and Gordon singles (viz.

In My Life

It was written mainly by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Ticket to Ride

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"Ticket to Ride" is a song by the English rock group the Beatles, written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Ivan Vaughan

McCartney, brought along by a mutual friend, Ivan Vaughan, impressed Lennon with his ability on the guitar and his version of Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock".
This led to the formation of Lennon and McCartney's songwriting partnership, and later of The Beatles.

Please Please Me (song)

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However, on their next three releases the following year (the single "Please Please Me", the Please Please Me LP, and the single "From Me to You"), the credit was given as "McCartney–Lennon".
It was originally a John Lennon composition (credited to Lennon–McCartney), although its ultimate form was significantly influenced by producer George Martin.

And Your Bird Can Sing

The song was written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon–McCartney.

Love Me Do

In October 1962, the Beatles released their first single in the UK, "Love Me Do", credited to "Lennon–McCartney".
The song was later credited to Lennon–McCartney.

She Loves You

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With the "She Loves You" single, released in August 1963, the credit reverted to "Lennon–McCartney", and all subsequent official Beatles singles and albums list "Lennon–McCartney" (UK) or "John Lennon-Paul McCartney" (US) as the author of songs written by the two. The German-language versions of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" were also credited to additional songwriters for assisting with the translation.
Lennon and McCartney started composing "She Loves You" on 26 June 1963 after a concert at the Majestic Ballroom in Newcastle upon Tyne during their tour with Roy Orbison and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Cayenne (instrumental)

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"Cayenne", recorded at the same time as "You'll Be Mine", is a solo McCartney composition.
The song is not credited to Lennon–McCartney but to McCartney alone, indicating that at this stage Lennon and McCartney had not agreed on the joint writing credit that they used for all of the band's professional recording career.

The Quarrymen

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The pair met on 6 July 1957, at a local church fête, where Lennon was playing with his skiffle group the Quarrymen.
The two began writing together, and their writing partnership would become very successful throughout the 1960s.

Please Please Me

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However, on their next three releases the following year (the single "Please Please Me", the Please Please Me LP, and the single "From Me to You"), the credit was given as "McCartney–Lennon".
Of the album's 14 songs, eight were written by Lennon–McCartney (originally credited "McCartney–Lennon").

Step Inside Love

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"Step Inside Love" is a song written by Paul McCartney (credited as "Lennon–McCartney") for Cilla Black in 1967 as a theme for her TV series Cilla, which first aired on 30 January 1968.

Back in the U.S.

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McCartney's 2002 live album, Back in the U.S., also used the credit "Paul McCartney and John Lennon" for all of the Beatles songs.
On Back in the U.S., McCartney reversed the songwriting credits for 19 Lennon–McCartney compositions to read "Paul McCartney and John Lennon" – a move that author Howard Sounes describes as the live album's "chief point of interest".

I Want to Hold Your Hand

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The German-language versions of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "She Loves You" were also credited to additional songwriters for assisting with the translation.
Margaret Asher taught the oboe in the "small, rather stuffy music room" in the basement where Lennon and McCartney sat at the piano and composed "I Want to Hold Your Hand".

Thirty-two-bar form

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Often one of the pair would add a middle eight or bridge section to the other's verse and chorus.
Songwriters such as Lennon–McCartney and those working in the Brill Building also used modified or extended 32-bar forms, often modifying the number of measures in individual or all sections.

Ringo Starr

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For the Beatles' seminal 1967 album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Starr sang lead vocals on the Lennon–McCartney composition "With a Little Help from My Friends".