September 27, 2016
“We can Work It Our” topped the American Singles Chart for three weeks beginning January 8, 1966. In England, “We Can Work It Out” and its flip side “Day Tripper” shared the number one honor.
“We Can Work It Out” was a Paul McCartney composition and he provides the lead vocal. It was one of their last releases before their music would begin to undergo a creative transformation.
May 21, 2016
“Yesterday” was one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century. It was also a Paul McCartney solo effort released under the Beatles name.
In the studio producer George Martin suggested the McCartney record the song with just an acoustic guitar backed by a string quartet. It may not have been typical rock and roll but it became one of the most recognizable songs in music history.
“Yesterday” reached the top of the American Singles Chart on October 9, 1965, and there is remained for four weeks.
April 3, 2016
The Beatles returned to the top of the American Charts for the ninth time on September 4, 1965, for the first of three weeks.
“Help” was the title song of their second film and had a quick journey to the top. It entered the charts at number 41 on August 7, and four weeks later it arrived at number one.
John Lennon once stated that “Help” and “Strawberry Fields” were his favorite songs.
January 4, 2016
“Ticket To Ride” may not have spent as many weeks at number one as the Beatles biggest hits but on May 22, 1965, it spent the first of seven days on top of the American Pop Chart.
Interestingly if you look at the fine print on the label of “Ticket To Ride,” you will see it as a release from the upcoming Beatles film, Eight Arms To Hold You. The name was ultimately changed to Help.
September 12, 2015
“I Feel Fine” by The Beatles was the number one song in the United States on January 1, 1965. After all their success in 1964, two months seemed like a long time between number one’s. On March 13, “Eight Days A Week” ascended to the top of the BILLBOARD Pop Chart and remained in that position for two weeks.
The song also marked a subtle change to their sound. The textures and melodies were becoming more complex and they were becoming more of a studio band than one that would play live. The song featured a double tracking of John Lennon’s voice and a unique guitar fade in.
The flip side, “I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party” also made the top 4, peaking at number 39. All in all it added up to their seventh American number one.
June 28, 2015
“I Feel Fine” was the song that sold me on the Beatles. The guitar feedback at the beginning was groundbreaking in 1964. When you add in the flip side “She’s A Woman,” which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100, you have a spectacular single.
When “I Feel Fine” reached number one on December 26, 1964, it was their sixth chart topper. It spent three weeks in the number one position. The two sided hit single provided their 29th and 30th chart songs of the year.
“I Feel Fine” provided a fitting end to 1964 for the Beatles as no artist in the history of American music had enjoyed such a successful year, but the best was yet to come.
January 30, 2015
It had been eight weeks since the Beatles had a number one single but that streak ended on August 1, 1964, when “A Hard Day’s Night” reached the top of the charts for the first of two weeks.
The film of the same name premiered July 6, 1964, to favorable reviews. The cream of high society turned out and over 10,000 people gathered around the theater.
One of the highlights of filming was George Harrison meeting Patti Boyd, his (and Eric Clapton’s) future wife, on set.
“A Hard Day’s Night” entered the BILLBOARD Hot 100 at number 21 and two weeks later it was number one.