“Ticket To Ride” was issued during early 1965 and was part of a musical transition for The Beatles. They were leaving the simple music of their early career behind and beginning to issue a more sophisticated brand of music.
It first reached the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart, April 24, 1965, and during its 11 weeks on the chart, peaked at number one for one week. Its flip side, “Yes It It,” also charted at number 46.
“Ticket To Ride” contained one of John Lennon’s most soulful vocals. He was also the writer of both songs. “Ticket To Ride” was a rare Beatles song that featured Paul McCartney as the lead guitarist.
Shortly after the song reached number one, The Beatles embarked on their American tour, which included their famous Shea Stadium show.