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McCartney: Ono Denied Him Credits

May 15, 2001

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LONDON (AP) _ Paul McCartney longed for ``Yesterday″ to be acknowledged as his song, but Yoko Ono wouldn’t permit it, the former Beatle says.

``Yesterday,″ like most of the Beatle songs, was officially credited to McCartney and John Lennon.

``At one point Yoko earned more from `Yesterday’ than I did,″ McCartney said in an interview published Tuesday in Radio Times.

``It doesn’t compute, especially when it’s the only song that none of the Beatles had anything to do with. I asked as a favor if I could have my name before John’s on the `Anthology’ credits for `Yesterday,′ and Yoko refused.″

McCartney also said ``it’s not true″ that he is worth more than $1 billion, as The Sunday Times newspaper recently reported.

``I don’t even know how much I’m worth, and I’m not sure my accountants know either,″ McCartney said.

``But I’m very well off, which is great because as a working-class lad from Liverpool, that was my intention.″

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