Yesterday   b/w   I Should Have Known Better

The Beatles
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Yesterday - Label
The Label

Label Parlophone
Catalogue No. R 6013
Release Date 8th March 1976
U.K. Chart Detail :
Entry Date :13th March 1976
Highest Position :8
Weeks in Chart :7 Weeks
Detail : 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 :
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
The first "new" Beatles single since the break-up, "Yesterday" had been released in the U.S. way back in '65.
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.

Digital Downloads
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.

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