UK album release: Help!

9.00am, Friday 6 August 1965 (48 years ago)

The Beatles’ fifth UK album, Help!, was released on this day as Parlophone PMC 1255 (mono) and PCS 3071 (stereo).

Help! - The Beatles

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.

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