December 27, 2018
The Beatles “Paperback Writer” followed the Rolling Stones “Paint It Black” as the number one song in the United States and all was right with the music world, at least in 1966.
“Paperback Writer” was primarily a Paul McCartney composition. It was written due to a family member’s request to not write another love song.
There has always been a question as to who played lead guitar on the song; McCartney or Harrison.
The song reached number one in a number of countries, including the United States for two non-consecutive weeks beginning June 25, 1966.
September 8, 2011
The Beatles released “Paperback Writer” (with picture sleeve), June 11, 1966. It was another number one hit reaching number one for two weeks on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It was one of the songs that looked ahead to the sophisticated music of the last part of their career. It showed that The Beatles were evolving and had come a long way in just under three years.
The almost acapella beginning, followed by some legendary guitar chords, then a snappy melody and good story all added up to one of their better singles.