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December 2, 2018


In 62, on Parlophone, reaching No.17 in the UK,

(also a US No.1)  The Beatles arrived with ‘Love Me Do’.

And in 63, at No.2 was ‘Please Please Me’, on Parlophone,

before their first UK No.1 – ‘From Me To You’.


On Polydor, at No.48 – ‘My Bonnie’, for Tony Sheridan & The Beatles,

and still in 63 – ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ –

both No.1 in the US and the UK, on Parlophone.

with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’, in 64, their next US/UK No.1 stand.


Also in 63, ‘Ain’t She Sweet’, on Polydor, – UK Top 30,

and both ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘I Feel Fine’ – a US/UK No.1 shout.

In 65, ‘Ticket To Ride’ and ‘Help’,  also on Parlophone – 

more US/UK No.1’s,  along with ‘Day Tripper’/’We Can Work It Out’.


In 66,’Paperback Writer’ and ‘Yellow Submarine’/’Eleanor Rigby’ –

two more US/UK No.1’s to follow through,

and in 67, ‘Penny Lane/’Strawberry Fields Forever’ –

a US.No.1, that in the UK, reached No.2.


Still in 67, ‘All You Need Is Love’ and ‘Hello Goodbye’ –

yet two more US/UK No.1’s on view.

And ending 67, ‘Magical Mystery Tour (Double EP)’,

still on Parlophone, reached a UK No.2.


In 68, ‘Lady Madonna’, on Parlophone – a UK No.1,

and still in 68, this time on Apple, ‘Hey Jude’ – a US/UK No.1.

In 69, on Apple, ‘Get Back’ with Billy Preston, a US/UK No.1,

and also in 69, ‘The Ballard Of John And Yoko’ , a UK No.1.


Ending 69, ‘Something’/’Come Together’, on Apple, made a UK No.4,

and ‘Let It Be’ in 70 – a US No.1, made No.2, in the UK.

And in 76, on Apple, a US.No.1 and UK No.8, was ‘Yesterday’.

Also in 76, ‘Hey Jude’ on Apple, made a return at No.12 in the UK.


Still in 76, ‘Paperback Writer’ – a UK No.23, and

‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ – a UK No.32, ( both on Parlophone),

and ‘Get Back’ with Billy Preston, on Apple – a UK No.28, and

‘Help’ -a UK No.37, and ‘Back In The U.S.S.R’, – a UK No.19 (both on Parlophone).


In 78, ‘SGT Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – With A Little Help From My Friends’,

on Parlophone, a UK No.63 entry on view.

And in 82, ‘Beatles Movie Medley’ – a UK Top 10,

and at No.4, still on Parlophone, returned ‘Love Me Do’.


In 83, ‘Please Please Me’ claimed a UK No.29 slot,

and ‘From Me To You’  made a Top 40 stand.

And ‘She Loves You’ – a UK No.45,

and at No.62 was ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’.


In 84, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ reached a UK No.53,

then ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ made a UK No.52.

and ending 84, ‘I Feel Fine’ was at No.65 in the UK,

and in 85 ‘Ticket To Ride’, – a UK No.70, came back into view.


In 86,’Yellow Submarine’/’Eleanor Rigby’, was a UK No.63.

In 87, ‘Penny Lane’/Strawberry Fields Forever’, a No.65 try,

and at No.47,  ‘All You Need Is Love’ was followed,

twenty years on, by ‘Hello Goodbye’.


In 88, ‘Lady Madonna’, on Parlophone, was a UK No.67,

and ‘Hey Jude’, on Apple, reached a UK No.52.

In 89, ‘Get Back’ with Billy Preston, on Apple, a UK No.74,

and on Parlophone, in 92, at No.53, was ‘Love Me Do’.


In 95, on Apple, making a UK No.7 was ‘Baby It’s You’,

then followed ‘Free As A Bird’ – a UK No.2  (the penultimate hit in this mix),

and ending Part 1 of – For The Love Of The Beatles,

reaching a UK No.4,  is ‘Real Love’, on Apple, from 96.


Thank You for the music –


John Lennon   1940 – 1980

George Harrison   1943 – 2001


written by

Harriet Blackbury

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