The Beatles’ sixth UK album Rubber Soul was released on this day as Parlophone PMC 1267 (mono) and PCS 3075 (stereo).
Rubber Soul had advance orders of more than 500,000. It entered the album charts on 11 December 1965, and spent nine weeks at the top from 25 December. In all it remained in the charts for 42 consecutive weeks.
The first Beatles album to contain songs composed by each group member, and with no cover versions, it was also the final time – barring the Yellow Submarine soundtrack in 1969 – that The Beatles would release two albums of original material in one year. It was also their first not to feature The Beatles’ name on the front cover.