US single release: Something/Come Together

The first songs to be issued as a single from the Abbey Road were the double a-side Something/Come Together.

The single was released in the United States on this day as Apple 2654. It was the first time a song by George Harrison received top billing on a Beatles single.

Something/Come Together entered the US charts on 18 October. At the time it was customary for sales and airplay for both sides of a single to be counted separately. As both songs were popular with the public, there was doubt as to whether either would reach the top.

On 29 November, however, Billboard began combining both sides to make a single chart placing. As a result, the single topped the charts for a week, before dropping down.

On the Cash Box chart, which continued to count both sides separately, Something peaked at number two, while Come Together spent three weeks at the top.

The single was certified gold three weeks after its release. In 1999 it was finally awarded a platinum disc.

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