In the United Kingdom, The Beatles had never previously issued singles containing songs that were already available on an album. All singles were either standalone releases, or came out before or 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.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Kings Theater, Brooklyn, New York
- 2012: Paul McCartney’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 sells for £307,500
- 2011: Paul McCartney commissions restoration of Motown piano
- 1988: USSR album release: Choba B CCCP by Paul McCartney
- 1983: Album release: Pipes Of Peace by Paul McCartney
- 1968: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
- 1967: Filming: Magical Mystery Tour
- 1966: Mixing: Paperback Writer
- 1964: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Ipswich
- 1963: Travel: Stockholm to London
- 1961: Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
- 1956: Paul McCartney’s mother Mary dies
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