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Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 15, 1966 (Saturday)

We Can Work It Out' number 1, 2nd and last continued week (Billboard).

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 14, 1966 (Friday)

The #1 song in the US on January 14, 1966

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 13, 1966 (Thursday)

Ringo Starr and John Lennon leave England for a vacation in Trinidad.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 12, 1966 (Wednesday)

People in US were listening to We Can Work It Out by The Beatles. In UK Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 11, 1966 (Tuesday)

Top Hits - 50 years ago today

                                                           
  1. The Sounds of Silence -   Simon & Garfunkel (Columbia)                                  
                  
  2. We Can Work It Out - The Beatles (Capitol)                  
  3. As Tears Go By - The Rolling Stones (London)               
  4. You Didn't Have to Be So Nice -   The Lovin' The Lovin' Spoonful                      
                              
  5. The Duck - Jackie Lee (Mirwood)                            
  6. Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds (Columbia)                    
  7. She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis & the Playboys (Liberty)  
  8. The Men In My Little Girl's Life - Mike Douglas (Epic)     
  9. Flowers On the Wall - The Statler Brothers (Columbia)      
 10. A Must to Avoid - Herman's Hermits (MGM)                   
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 10, 1966 (Monday)

Brian Epstein is appointed a director of Lennon Books Limited, John Lennon’s book royalty collection company.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 9, 1966 (Sunday)

People in US were listening to We Can Work It Out by The Beatles. In UK Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 8, 1966 (Saturday)

We Can Work It Out becomes the #1 single in the US.

The Beatles' album Rubber Soul is #1 in the US. It remains at #1 for six weeks and stays on the charts for 56 weeks. Rubber Soul is the seventh Beatles LP to reach #1 in the US (the other six are Meet the Beatles, The Beatles Second Album, A Hard Day's Night, Beatles '65, Beatles VI, and Help!).

Also 50 years Ago - John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr attend a party thrown by Mick Jagger at his London townhouse.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 7, 1966 (Friday)

We Can Work It Out - Number One!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 6, 1966 (Thursday)

We Can Work It Out (Number One 50 years ago) Behind the song.......

McCartney wrote the words and music to the verses and the chorus, with lyrics that "might have been personal", probably a reference to his relationship with Jane Asher. McCartney then took the song to Lennon:

I took it to John to finish it off, and we wrote the middle together. Which is nice: 'Life is very short. There's no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.' Then it was George Harrison's idea to put the middle into 3/4 time, like a German waltz. That came on the session, it was one of the cases of the arrangement being done on the session.

With its intimations of mortality, Lennon's contribution to the twelve-bar bridge contrasts typically with what Lennon saw as McCartney's cajoling optimism,a contrast also seen in other collaborations by the pair, such as "Getting Better" and "I've Got a Feeling". As Lennon told "Playboy" in 1980:

In We Can Work It Out, Paul did the first half, I did the middle eight. But you've got Paul writing, 'We can work it out / We can work it out'—real optimistic, y'know, and me, impatient: 'Life is very short, and there's no time / For fussing and fighting, my friend.'

Based on those comments, some critics overemphasized McCartney's optimism, neglecting the toughness in passages written by McCartney,such as "Do I have to keep on talking until I can't go on?". Lennon's middle shifts focus from McCartney's concrete reality to a philosophical perspective in B minor, illustrating this with the waltz-time section suggested by George Harrison that leads back to the verse,possibly meant to suggest tiresome struggle.