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.
December 29, 2014
“Love Me Do” was a track that was recorded before their signing with the Capital label in America, similar to “She Loves You” and Twist And Shout.” Released on Vee Jay’s Tollie label it became the group’s fourth number one single when it spent the week of May 30, 1964 at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
There has always been controversy surrounding the song. Originally released in the U.K. October 5, 1962, it reached number 17 on their pop chart. Ringo Starr was the drummer on that recording. “Love Me Do” was re-recorded for release in the USA with studio musician Andy White on drums and that is the version that topped the charts in the United States.
While the song is rarely mentioned among the Beatles best works, John Lennon’s harmonica play is memorable.
December 4, 2014
The Beatles had ruled the American music world for nine straight weeks. What could they possibly do for an encore? The answer was a third number one hit in a row.
“Can’t Buy Me Love” became the number one song in the United States, April 4, 1964, and would remain in that position for five weeks but that was only the tip of the iceberg.
On December 9, 1956, Elvis Presley set a record with nine singles on the BILLBOARD Hot 100. The Beatles smashed that record on April 11, 1964, when 14 of their singles occupied positions in the Hot 100.
1) Can’t Buy Me Love
2) Twist and Shout
4) She Loves You
7) I Want To Hold Your Hand
9) Please Please Me
14) Do You Want To Know A Secret
38) I Saw Her Standing There
48) You Can’t Do That
50) All My Loving
52) From Me To You
61) Thank You Girl
74) There’s A Place
78) Roll Over Beethoven
81) Love Me Do
And so it was with Beatlemania in 1964.
November 13, 2014
The Capital label hit the jack pot when it signed the Beatles to an American contract. Their only mistake was declining to release the Beatles first four singles before striking gold with “I Want To Hold Your Hand.”
“She Loves You” was one of the songs turned down by Capital. It was issued in early January of 1964 on the Swan label but received little notice. When “I Want To Hold Your Hand” became a mega-hit Swan reissued “She Loves You” and it eventually replaced “I Want To Hold Your Hand” as the number one single in America on March 21, 1964. It remained at the top of the charts for two weeks.
Oddly it was their producer George Martin who suggested they add “Yeah Yeah Yeah” to the song. which became instantly identifiable with the early Beatles sound.
Considering what the Beatles would produce, “She Loves You” is many times lost in their vast catalogue but near the end of March, 1964, it ruled the American music world.
November 11, 2014
Just as “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley and The Comets changed the course of American music in 1955, so “I Want To Hold Your Hand” Hand” by The Beatles changed it again in 1964.
The song was released in the United States on December 26, 1963, with an initial press run of one-million copies. On February 1, 1963, it became the number one song in America and remained at the top for seven weeks. It sold over 15 million copies world wide and remains their biggest selling single.
George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon became instant stars and their first two performances on the ED SULLIVAN Show were watched by 100 million people. On that February first, 1964, the course of music was changed forever. Their influence in still felt today.
Fifty years after its release, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” is still instantly recognizable as one of the most important songs of the 20th century.