||Part of the March 1976 release, "The Singles Collection".
On February 6th 1976 the Beatles nine year recording contract with EMI expired. This left EMI with the rights to re-release
anything from their back catalogue, which they did, with gusto. Starting with EVERY single ... plus.
This single was part of that E.M.I. campaign to reissue all the Beatles official singles. All 23 (the original 22 plus this
one) were issued in a similar green picture sleeve with different pictures on the reverse. ALL 23 again made the Top 100
(at one point ALL simultaneously) with 6 of them reaching the top 50 and therefore being mentioned again in The Guinness
Book of Hit Singles.
Here are the Beatles chart positions for Sunday April 4th 1976 :
The first "new" Beatles single since the break-up, "Yesterday" had been released in the U.S. way back in '65.
|10 ||Yesterday |
|45 ||Hey Jude |
|46 ||Paperback Writer |
|53 ||Strawberry Fields Forever |
|55 ||Get Back |
|59 ||She Loves You |
|61 ||Help ! |
|62 ||Love Me Do |
|63 ||Eleanor Rigby |
|64 ||Let It Be |
|66 ||A Hard Days Night |
|68 ||Can't Buy Me Love |
|69 ||I Want To Hold Your Hand |
|71 ||All You Need Is Love |
|72 ||From Me To You |
|74 ||Hello Goodbye |
|75 ||Please Please Me |
|76 ||Lady Madonna |
|79 ||Day Tripper |
|81 ||I Feel Fine |
|83 ||Ticket To Ride |
|84 ||Something |
|88 ||Ballad of John and Yoko |
As you can see above, the small "rights of the manufacturer" writing around the rim is now no longer preceded by "The
Gramophone Co.", but now shows "EMI Records Ltd", and under the title there is a boxed EMI logo. Clearly EMI were totally
in control at this point.
In 2010 iTunes (a digital download agency) were given access to The Beatles product, which now meant each track was available to download to internet connected devices.
These downloads had to be paid for and the number of sales were permitted to be counted for chart purposes (although JPGR doesn't concur with this process).
21st November 2010 - Yesterday was listed in the singles chart at number 86 (which is outside the Top 75 and doesn't count for longevity purposes).
28th November 2010 - the listing dropped six places to number 92.