A Hard Days Night • Beatles UK single

UK vinyl single A Hard Day’s Night b/w Things We Said Today

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ UK single – front cover
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‘A Hard Day’s Night’ UK single – Parlophone record label
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  • Label: Parlophone R 5160 MONO
  • Released: 10th July 1964
  • Peak position:
    BBC – #1;
    Disc Weekly – #1;
    Melody Maker – #1;
    NME – #1;
    Record Retailer – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 3 – from 25th July 1964
  • Weeks in chart: 13 – from 18th July 1964

When ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ replaced the Rolling Stones’ ‘It’s All Over Now’ at the top of the charts, The Beatles made a little bit of history by becoming the first band to simultaneously hold onto the top spot in both the album and the singles chart in both the UK and the States. Simon and Garfunkel were the next to do it, with ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ in 1970.

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UK vinyl single (Re-release) A Hard Day’s Night b/w Things We Said Today

  • Label: Parlophone R 5160 MONO
  • Released: 8th March 1976

On the 6th February 1976 The Beatles contract with EMI expired, freeing up the company to do whatever they liked with their back catalogue. And they didn’t waste any time… their first move was to re-release EVERY single that they’d ever made.

Technically speaking they weren’t re-releases at all, because they had never been deleted and still had the same catalogue numbers as the originals. They were more like re-issues.

The entire set of 22 singles was augmented by one brand-new one (‘Yesterday’) and released on the same day, so at one point all 23 of them were in the top 100 at the same time – including six in the top fifty!

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UK vinyl single (Re-release) A Hard Day’s Night b/w Things We Said Today

‘A Hard Day’s Night’ UK single – front cover
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‘A Hard Day’s Night’ UK single – back cover
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  • Label: Parlophone R 5160
  • Released: 6th December 1982

This was issued as part of ‘The Single Collection’ vinyl box-set.

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UK vinyl picture disc single (Re-release) A Hard Day’s Night b/w Things We Said Today

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‘A Hard Day’s Night’ UK single – Parlophone record label
Picture disc
  • Label: Parlophone RP 5160
  • Released: 9th July 1984
  • Peak position:
    Record Retailer – #52
  • Weeks in chart: 2 – from 21st July 1984

As the 20th anniversary of each of The Beatles’ original singles came around, EMI released the colourful new sleeve from the box-set with a brand-new picture disc.

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UK CD single (Re-release) A Hard Day’s Night b/w Things We Said Today

  • Label: Parlophone CD3R 5160
  • Released: 3rd April 1989

Between November ’88 and September ’89 EMI re-released every single in CD format.

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UK CD single (Re-release) A Hard Day’s Night b/w Things We Said Today

  • Label: Parlophone CDR 5160
  • Released: 2nd November 1992

This was issued as part of ‘The Single Collection’ CD box-set.

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