Beatles Trivia

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  • Although “Strawberry Fields Forever” c/w “Penny Lane” was reported at number one by “Melody Maker,” this does not reflect what comparative sales were like in the U.K. for the two singles. It was not even close. While the Beatles disc charted for 11 weeks, including five in the top five, and sold an impressive 500,000 by March 25, “Release Me” charted for an astounding 56 weeks, including six straight at number one, and sold over one million copies. The “Melody Maker” number one listing for the Beatles single appears to have been done out of sentiment and respect, not actual sales. Of course that does not mean that “Release Me” was a better single, it just sold more. It had mass appeal to all ages. Adults who weren’t attracted to the new Beatles disc were taken by “Release Me.”

    See page 68 of “Beatles For Sale on Parlophone Records” for the “Record Retailer” review of the Beatles single and the opinion of “Record Mirror” as to why the Beatles didn’t top the charts with “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane.”

  • Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane was number two in Record Retailer, but it was number one on Melody Maker, another very important publication in the UK. So, it was a number one anyway…

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