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67th Annual Cannes International Film Festival
Jessica Chastain arrives at a photo call for the film "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" during the 67th annual Cannes International Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 18, 2014. UPI/David Silpa
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"Eleanor Rigby" is a song by The Beatles, simultaneously released on the 1966 album Revolver and on a 45rpm single. The song was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. With a double string quartet arrangement by George Martin, and striking lyrics about loneliness, the song continued the transformation of the group from a mainly pop-oriented act to a more serious and experimental studio band.

As with many of McCartney's songs, the melody and first line of the song came to him as he was playing around on his piano. The name that came to him, though, was not Eleanor Rigby but Miss Daisy Hawkins. In 1966, McCartney recalled how he got the idea for his song:

Others believe that Father McKenzie refers to 'Father' Tommy McKenzie, who was the compere at Northwich Memorial Hall.

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