Originally Posted by JFKin60
Not sure if John was asked to play on Yesterday, but he didn't refuse it as far as I know.
George Martin recorded Paul playing the acoustic guitar and singing. He then added the string quartet later. It was understood that it was strictly a Paul solo type of performance. However, in Japan, the Beatles all played it together live and during their 1966 tour played it live as a band many times. When they performed it as a band, it was played one full step higher in the key of " G " . When Paul played it solo on the Ed Sullivan show, he played it in the record key of " F ". He played it in a G format but had the guitar tuned down a full step.