Nowhere Man • Beatles US single

USA vinyl single Nowhere Man b/w What Goes On

‘Nowhere Man’ USA single – front cover
Front cover
‘Nowhere Man’ USA single – back cover
Back cover
  • Label: Capitol 5587 MONO
  • Released: 15th February 1966
  • Sales figures: after 8 days – ¾ million; after 5 weeks – over 1 million; Certified Gold – 1st April 1966
  • Peak position for ‘Nowhere Man’:
    Billboard – #3;
    Cashbox – #2;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks in chart: 9 – from 5th March 1966
  • Peak position for ‘What Goes On’:
    Billboard – #81;
    Cashbox – Didn’t enter;
    Record World – #99
  • Weeks in chart: 2 – from 12th March 1966

This was kept off the top spot by Sgt. Barry Sandler’s ‘The Ballad Of The Green Berets’ and The Rolling Stones’ ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’.

Early pressings credited ‘What Goes On’ to ‘John Lennon – Paul McCartney’, but should have read ‘Lennon-McCartney-Starkey’. So Ringo waited four years for a composer credit, only to get accidently scrubbed off the label! Later pressings corrected the mistake, but because there are relatively few of those ones around now they are actually more valuable than the originals.

The cover photo is worth a mention because Capitol decided to use a photo which was nearly two years old. You may recognise it from the back of the ‘Beatles For Sale’ LP.

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