McCartney initially wanted no singles to be taken from Band On The Run. However, Capitol Records radio plugger Al Coury persuaded him that ‘Jet’ would work well.
Al Coury, Capitol’s ace plugger, rang up and told us ‘I persuaded Pink Floyd to take ‘Money’ off Dark Side Of The Moon as a single, and you want to know how many units we sold? We want ‘Band On The Run’! We want ‘Jet’! We want ’em off!’ And he’s such a good spieler, this fella, that I’ll say, well, it sounds like sense. No skin off my nose, try it, and it just kept coming back up much to my delight.
Paul McCartney In His Own Words, Paul Gambaccini
At its original length of over four minutes, ‘Jet’ was considered too long to be played on the radio, so McCartney grudgingly allowed Capitol to create an edit. This was issued as a mono promotional single with four sections removed, bringing the total length to 2’49.
The ‘Jet’ single reached number seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number five on the Cash Box Top 100.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Ringo to get Hollywood Walk of Fame star in February
- 2010: First official Beatles iPhone app is released
- 1969: Allen Klein meets The Beatles
- 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 17
- 1964: Travel: Lennon and Harrison fly from Paris to London
- 1963: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Newcastle
- 1962: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Lathom Hall, Liverpool
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