Eleanor Rigby

Eleanor Rigby

Talented young artist Jacey Peake created an elaborate illustration out of the lyrics of one of the Beatles’ most mournful and plaintive story-songs to paint the picture of the central character of the song. “Eleanor Rigby” is a song about loneliness and depression representing a departure from their early pop love songs and is perfectly captured in her work.

This is an early example of the Beatles taking risks and dabbling in other genres. During the Beatles' experimental phase, their producer George Martin toyed with studio techniques to satiate the Beatles' artistic desires. To achieve the aggressive punchy sound of the strings, Martin had the microphones set up close to the instruments, much to the chagrin of the session players, who were not used to such a unique set-up.

This is the only Beatles song where none of the Beatles play an instrument. They only sing as a string ensemble plays on.