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None of the Beatles played instruments on it, though John Lennon and George Harrison did contribute harmony vocals. "Eleanor Rigby" employs a classical string ensemble—in this case an octet of studio musicians, comprising four violins, two violas, and two cellos, all performing a score composed by producer George Martin. The song was nominated for three Grammys and won the 1966 Grammy for Best Contemporary (R&R) Vocal Performance, Male or Female for McCartney. In 2004, this song was ranked number 138 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". A fully remixed stereo version of the original "Eleanor Rigby" song was issued in 1999 on the Yellow Submarine Songtrack, with some minor fixes to the vocals.
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