By Quincy Tejani
The week of October 3rd, 1965, The Beatles’ “Yesterday” replaced “Hang on Sloopy” by The McCoys as #1 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. Having already topped the charts on multiple occasions, The Beatles were no strangers to Billboard Top 100 success. In fact, it was merely a year since the four boys from Liverpool created Billboard chart history by securing all top five spots on the chart simultaneously. This feat has never been achieved again. “Yesterday” was the fourth of six number one singles to hit the billboard charts in the late summer and fall of 1965. The song went on to top the charts for four weeks and sell over one million copies in that time. It has been considered by many different publications, including BBC Music and Rolling Stone magazine, to be one of the greatest songs ever written.
In other Billboard news, Elvis Presley’s single “I’m Yours” hit #11 on the chart that week, marking the peak position for this single. It was The King’s 59th single to chart worldwide and his 49th to chart either on the Billboard chart [which ended in 1958] or the Billboard Top 100 Chart [which began in 1959].
Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” fell 15 spots in the chart, going from #18 to #33 the week of October 3rd. Dylan’s song had already spent 12 weeks on the chart, and had peaked at #2 before starting its gradual decline down. The song had marked a shift in Dylan’s career from an acoustic protest musician into a full-blown folk-rock artist. With the release of the album “Highway 61 Revisited,” on which this single can be found, the entire musical landscape of the time was changed. The album as a medium became incredibly important and allowed for artists such as the Beatles to release seminal albums including “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” and “The White Album [The Beatles]” in the years that followed.