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’.
John 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.
Also on this day...
- 2009: Paul McCartney live: O2 World, Berlin
- 1973: US album release: Band On The Run by Paul McCartney and Wings
- 1969: George Harrison live: Town Hall, Birmingham with Delaney & Bonnie
- 1969: Television: 24 Hours: The World Of John And Yoko – day two
- 1965: The Beatles’ final UK tour begins in Glasgow
- 1965: UK album release: Rubber Soul
- 1963: Live: Guildhall, Portsmouth
- 1962: Television: Discs A Gogo
- 1961: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1938: Julia Stanley marries Alfred Lennon
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I’ve always thought that John was right when he insisted on Day Tripper as the A-side, and everyone else wrong in giving primacy to We Can Work It Out. The latter was a fine song, no doubt, but Day Tripper was a smash — grabbing you from the opening riff and holding you tight throughout the song!