The single reached number three on the US Billboard Hot 100, and four on the Cash Box Top 100.
‘Sally G’ received promotion in its own right, and charted at number 51 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles, and 11 on Canada’s RPM Country Tracks chart.
Some people think, blimey, they’re just trying to get two records out of one. But I think that if it’s a song that people would like to know and sing, and it gets played only by the people who buy the record, then I like to see if we can give it an extra plug.
So that’s what we were thinking. We weren’t thinking it would be a hit again, we just wanted to expose the song. You get things like, twenty years later someone says ‘That’s the brilliant b-side of Joni Mitchell,’ but people don’t know it! If it had been exposed, it might have been a great big hit or a thing that lived in everyone’s minds.
Paul McCartney In His Own Words, Paul Gambaccini
In the UK it was released on 25 October 1974, and peaked at number 16 on the singles chart.
The single was also a top 10 hit in Canada, New Zealand, Norway, and South Africa.
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- 1968: Yoko Ono is admitted to hospital
- 1966: NEMS leaves 13 Monmouth Street, London
- 1965: Recording: What Goes On, 12-Bar Original
- 1964: Live: Ritz Cinema, Luton
- 1964: Mixing: I’ll Follow The Sun, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Rock And Roll Music, Words Of Love, Mr Moonlight, I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party, I’m A Loser, Baby’s In Black, No Reply, I Feel Fine
- 1964: UK EP release: Extracts From The Film A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Live: Royal Command Performance
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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