In the United Kingdom, The Beatles had never previously issued songs after they had been made available on an album. All singles were either standalone releases, or came out on the same day as the parent album.
That all changed once Allen Klein took control of the group's business affairs. More than a month after the Abbey Road album came out, the double a-side single Something/Come Together was released as Apple R 5814.
The first single to have a George Harrison song on the a-side, it entered the charts on 8 November. However, it failed to top the charts, peaking at number four and spending 12 weeks in total on the top 40.