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October 09, 2013

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Illustration: 'Lady Madonna' single cover
'Lady Madonna' single cover
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Capitol Records

Did The Beatles Steal A Song My Father Wrote?

When Michael Humphrey was growing up, he would sometimes hear his father telling strangers a story about how the Beatles stole a song he wrote. People would almost always be confused and bewildered – and Michael would wish he weren’t there. “It didn’t matter to me whether it was true or not. It was just embarrassing that something so outrageous was being said,” he remembers. In this conversation, Humphrey tells host Dick Gordon how he eventually looked into his father’s claim that the Beatles stole the composition for “Lady Madonna.” Humphrey interviewed his father, and set out to find sheet music and anyone close to Paul McCartney who would speak to him. This story was done in partnership with Salon.com. The original version aired Aug. 17, 2011.

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