Although it topped the charts in the UK, the single only reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100. Its relatively poor showing has been attributed to the controversies surrounding The Beatles' 'Butcher' cover and John Lennon's remarks that the group were "more popular than Jesus".
It did, however, reach number one on the Cashbox chart on 10 September 1966, and topped the Record World chart.
Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine was issued as Capitol 5715. It sold 1,200,000 copies in just four weeks, earning The Beatles their 21st gold certification, beating the record previously held by Elvis Presley.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Paul McCartney live at Air Canada Centre, Toronto
- 2009: Beatles fans mark 40 years of Abbey Road photoshoot
- 1969: Recording: The End, I Want You (She’s So Heavy), Oh! Darling
- 1969: The Abbey Road cover photography session
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Hey Jude, Not Guilty
- 1966: The South African Broadcasting Corporation bans The Beatles’ music
- 1966: US album release: Revolver
- 1963: Live: Candie Gardens, Guernsey
- 1962: Live: Co-op Ballroom, Doncaster
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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