Posts tagged ‘Singles’

April 5, 2012

Beatles on the Charts

On April 4, 1964, the Beatles made chart history: they occupied the top 5 positions on the U.S. singles charts. The top 5 looked like this: #1: “Can’t Buy Me Love”, #2: “Twist and Shout”, #3: “She Loves You”, #4: “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, #5: “Please Please Me”.

Read more at Billboard.com!

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January 2, 2012

Help!

“Help!” is a song primarily written by John Lennon and featured prominently in both the film and album of the same name. Lennon revealed that the song was written during a depressed time of his life and was intended to have a slower tempo. The final version was released as a single, hitting #1 in both the U.S. and UK in the summer of 1965.

Watch the video for “Help!” after the jump!

 

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December 13, 2011

I Feel Fine – #1

The Beatles’ hit single “I Feel Fine” reached #1 on the UK charts on December 12th, 1964. The single received 750,000 advance orders – a record at the time.

September 10, 2011

The Beatles Again

Apple Records released a compilation of The Beatles’ non-album singles and b-sides in 1970 entitled Hey Jude. The album was originally to be titled The Beatles Again, but was changed at the last minute to promote the “Hey Jude” single. The name change was completed after the labels were printed, so the original pressings still contain this name.

January 5, 2011

I Want To Come Home

Paul McCartney released the single “(I Want To) Come Home” in 2009. The song was featured in the film Everybody’s Fine but was not included on the soundtrack. The track was released as a single only via iTunes, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song.

December 31, 2010

Ding Dong, Ding Dong

“Ding Dong, Ding Dong” is a New Year’s-themed song released on the album Dark Horse and as a single by George Harrison in 1974. The lyrics were taken largely from engravings that George had seen carved on the walls of his Friar Park Mansion.

Click here to watch the video. Happy New Year!

December 29, 2010

A Collection of Beatles Oldies

In 1966, EMI released a compilation of Beatles tracks known as A Collection of Beatles Oldies, the first Beatles best-of album released in the UK. The album collected tracks from previous albums and singles released between 1963 and 1966. The collection was the first in the UK to include the song “Bad Boy.”

December 10, 2010

I Feel Fine

The Beatles released the song “I Feel Fine” as a single in 1964. The song marks one of the earliest examples of the use of feedback on a recording. This effect was achieved accidentally when Lennon rested his guitar against an amplifier and the sound was heard.

November 10, 2010

Please Please Me

The Beatles released “Please Please Me” as their second single in 1963. Legend has it that shortly after recording the track, producer George Martin pronounced to the group, “Congratulations, you have just recorded your first number one!” The prophecy was fulfilled as the song topped the British charts a month after its release.