UK single release: We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper

9.00am, Friday 3 December 1965 (48 years ago)

On the same day that their sixth UK LP, Rubber Soul, was released, The Beatles issued a double a-side single, We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper.

Day Tripper single - United KingdomJohn Lennon had wanted Day Tripper to be The Beatles’ next single, but was overruled by the other band members, plus George Martin and Brian Epstein. As a compromise, the single was marketed as the first double a-side.

We Can Work It Out proved to be the more popular choice with the public, both through sales requests and radio airplay.

The Beatles’ fastest-selling single since Can’t Buy Me Love. It entered the charts on 9 December 1965, and seven days later reached number one – where it remained for five weeks. In all it spent 12 weeks on the UK singles charts.

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