Data Analysts Say Paul McCartney is Exaggerating His Role in One Beatles Song

By Gary Cutlack on at

Researchers using data and computers think they know better then the actual memory of a man who's still alive, and are telling Paul McCartney that he "misremembers" a key part of Beatles history.

The team of statistics and maths experts stepped in to the argument over who wrote the biggest chunk of Beatles all-timer In My Life, a song credited to Lennon-McCartney, but one that's seen Paul quoted as saying he did "the tune" all by himself. During his lifetime, though, John Lennon said the song was mostly his work, with just the middle-eight and harmonies contributed by McCartney.

That latter opinion has been agreed with by Dr Mark Glickman, who claims to have analysed the songwriting output of the pair and created what he thinks is a musical fingerprint of each composer -- and that In My Life has Lennon's touch on its melodies.

Glickman explained: "The basic idea is to convert a song into a set of different data structures that are amenable for establishing a signature of a song using a quantitative approach. Think of decomposing a colour into its constituent components of red, green and blue with different weights attached."

He then basically accuses McCartney of getting it wrong or perhaps even purposefully trying to steal additional credit for one of the pair's most beloved songs, adding: "The probability that In My Life was written by McCartney is .018. Which basically means it's pretty convincingly a Lennon song. McCartney misremembers." [Telegraph]

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