From 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2013, I will be delivering a lecture (free and open to the public) at Middlesex Music Academy (440 Main St, Middletown, Connecticut) titled "Yesterday, The World's Most Recorded Song". Indeed, the Guinness Book of World Records has a webpage confirming the title. In preparation for that presentation, I have been researching as many of these recordings as I can find.
The most thorough list of "Yesterday" covers that I have been able to find was compiled by Beatles cover versions collector Tom Weel, Beatles Unlimited, Netherlands. His website (http://members.home.nl/tomtom/Yesterday.html) lists over 750 versions. With his kind permission, I am posting his list along with an additional 175 or so that I have discovered.
The following list, then, contains every cover, recording, and commercial release that I have been able to find references to (if not find the actual audio recording). But it is hardly exhaustive - "only" 947 in all:
Key: Performer (title of the album, record company, year)
This blog is a workshop for developing my analyses of The Beatles' music.