The Beatles’ fifth UK album, Help!, was released on this day as Parlophone PMC 1255 (mono) and PCS 3071 (stereo).
Following the structure of the previous year’s A Hard Day’s Night the previous year, the first side of Help! featured seven songs from The Beatles’ second feature film. The flip side contained another seven songs – including Paul McCartney‘s instant classic Yesterday – recorded over the same period.
Help! entered the UK charts on 14 August, and was an immediate chart-topper on pre-orders alone. It spent nine weeks at number one, and remained on the chart for 37 consecutive weeks.