Ringo and Zak!
September 16, 1965 - New dad Ringo holding his adorable three-day-old son Zak in his wife Maureen’s private room at London’s Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital. Zak arrived weighing 8 lbs. on September 13, 1965.
Still........The #1 song in the US on September 15, 1965
Although The Beatles chose not to release Yesterday as a single in the UK, their US record label Capitol Records decided otherwise and released it with the b-side Act Naturally.
The single hit the charts by September 29, 1965, and from October 9th spent four weeks at number one. Altogether it spent 11 weeks on the charts, and sold over one million copies in the first five weeks.
Yesterday also became the most-played song on American radio for eight consecutive years, sealing its status as one of The Beatles' most popular songs.
On September 13, 1965 Ringo Starr's wife Maureen Starkey gave birth to their first son Zak.
Zak Starkey was born at Queen Charlotte's Hospital, seven months after Ringo and Maureen's February wedding. Hammersmith, London. Ringo chose Zak's name because it was "a nice strong name that can't be shortened," explaining that it was a "mad cowboy name that had been spinning round my brain at the time." The proud new Dad held a press conference and granted interviews on September 14th with the ever-present press at the hospital.
In later years he followed in his father's footsteps and became a drummer, working with acts including The Who, Oasis, The Lightning Seeds, The Healers and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band.
The Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago today.
Ed and Soupy Sales reminisce about their European vacation with Soupy narrating a series of silent film clips illustrate their pratfalls. English singer Cilla Black performs two songs and Fantasio delivers a set of slight-of-hand magic tricks. The Beatles return for their fourth appearance on the Ed Sullivan show and perform six musical numbers spread over two sets.
I Feel Fine,’ ‘I’m Down,’ ‘Act Naturally,’ ‘Ticket to Ride,’ ‘Yesterday,’ and ‘Help!’ — The performance was actually taped on Aug. 14, the day before their historic concert at Shea Stadium.
Steve Rossi sings "Try to Remember" and interviews Marty Allen who explains his numerous sporting skills. Rossi and Allen then sing their version of a Beatles song calling it "We Love You". Soupy Sales returns to sing his novelty song, "The Mouse".
Just over a year after the Beatles first soundtrack, A Hard Day’s Night, hit Number One on the Top LP’s chart, the Fab Four was back on top with its second soundtrack, Help!
Although longtime Beatles producer George Martin had proven quite adept at scoring with A Hard Day’s Night, he wasn’t used on Help! “I had nothing to do with the score,” Martin says. “Although the music for the first film was an enormous success, Dick Lester and I didn’t get on too well. When it came to the second film, I recorded all the tracks with the Beatles, but that was the end of it. Lester engaged Ken Thorne to do the score and he put the album together in a way I didn’t like without my supervision.”
The Beatles’ tracks on the album were recorded between February and April of 1965. “Ticket to Ride,” one of the first tracks recorded for the soundtrack, was released as a single well in advance of the film. Eight Arms to Hold You, the original title of the Beatles’ second film, was listed in fine print under the Lennon-McCartney writing credit on the single. On May 22, 1965, “Ticket to Ride” became the Beatles’ eighth Number One single.
Martin suggests that the song that would later become the title track to the film was written well in advance of the film. “I think ["Help!"] came before the film and they took the title from that,” he says. “It didn’t matter what they called the film. It could have been anything.”
Yet “Help!,” with its urgency, was a fitting title track. John Lennon claimed years later that the song was more than just another gem of a song?e was, in act, crying out for help. “To me it was just a pop song,” Martin says. “I didn’t see any great significance in it.”
Whether “Help!” was really Lennon’ personal plea, just another great pop song, or both, it struck a chord with the public. On September 4, 1965, it became the Beatles’ ninth Number One single. A week later, with the single still holding fast at the top of the Hot 100, Help! hit the summit of the Top LP’s chart, rocketing all the way from number 61. It was the group’s sixth Number One album in a mere two years.
THE TOP FIVE
Week of September 11, 1965
1. Help!, The Beatles
2. Look at Us, Sonny & Cher
3. Out of Our Heads, The Rolling Stones
4. The Sound of Music, Soundtrack
5. Summer Days (And Summer Nights), The Beach Boys
The Beatles enjoying their 6 week break.
The Beatles taking a 6 week break.
The Beatles still enjoying their break.