UK EP release: Yesterday

9.00am, Friday 4 March 1966 (48 years ago)

On the same day that John Lennon’s comments that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus were first published, The Beatles released the Yesterday EP in the United Kingdom.

Yesterday EP artwork - United KingdomIt contained four songs from the Help! album: Yesterday, Act Naturally, You Like Me Too Much and It’s Only Love.

The Beatles’ 11th EP was released as Parlophone GEP 8948 in mono only, and the cover photograph was taken by Robert Whitaker. Unusually for 1966, each Beatle took lead vocals on a song.

Yesterday entered the UK EP chart on 12 March 1966, and from 26 March spent six weeks at number one. In all it remained on the hit parade for 13 weeks.

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