We Can Work It Out
|"We Can Work It Out"|
|Single by the Beatles|
|A-side||"Day Tripper" (double A-side)|
|Released||3 December 1965|
|Recorded||20 and 29 October 1965|
|Label||Parlophone (UK), Capitol (US)|
|The Beatles UK singles chronology|
|The Beatles US singles chronology|
"We Can Work It Out" is a song by English rock band the Beatles. It was released as a double A-side single on 3 December 1965 on the same day as Rubber Soul. This was the first time a single was released with two A-sides in the United Kingdom. The single was number 1 in the United Kingdom. It was the seventh highest selling single of the 1960s in the UK. It was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Personnel[change | change source]
According to Walter Everett, the line-up of musicians on the Beatles' recording was as follows:
- Paul McCartney – double-tracked lead vocal, bass guitar
- John Lennon – harmony vocal, acoustic guitar, harmonium
- George Harrison – tambourine
- Ringo Starr – drums
MacDonald said that some sources say the tambourine part was played by Harrison, but he thought thay Starr had probably played it. Everett said Harrison played it, as it was recorded at the same time as the other instruments. Guesdon and Margotin also said Harrison played it.
References[change | change source]
- Unterberger, Richie. "The Beatles 'We Can Work It Out'". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- Hutchins, Chris (4 December 1965). "Music Capitals of the World: London". Billboard. p. 26. Archived from the original on 23 February 2017. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
- White, Jack (5 June 2018). "Is the double A-side making a comeback? Dual singles are on the rise, and here's why". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 1 May 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2019.
- "The 1966 Ivor Novello Awards". theivors.com. Archived from the original on 15 August 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
- "Ken Dodd 'third best-selling artist of 1960s'". BBC News. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2020.
- Hertsgaard 1995, p. 150.
- Everett 2001, p. 321.
- MacDonald 2005, pp. 171–172.
- Guesdon & Margotin 2013, p. 315.
Sources[change | change source]
- Everett, Walter (2001). The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men through Rubber Soul. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-514105-9.
- Guesdon, Jean-Michel; Margotin, Philippe (2013). All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release. New York, NY: Black Dog & Leventhal. ISBN 978-1-57912-952-1.
- Hertsgaard, Mark (1995). A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. New York: Delacorte Press. ISBN 0-385-31377-2.
- Jackson, Andrew Grant (2015). 1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music. New York, NY: Thomas Dunne Books. ISBN 978-1-250-05962-8.
- Kruth, John (2015). This Bird Has Flown: The Enduring Beauty of Rubber Soul Fifty Years On. Milwaukee, WI: Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-1-61713-573-6.
- Lewisohn, Mark (2005) . The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962–1970. London: Bounty Books. ISBN 978-0-7537-2545-0.
- MacDonald, Ian (2005). Revolution in the Head: The Beatles' Records and the Sixties (2nd rev. edn). Chicago, IL: Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1-55652-733-3.
- "Number 1s Index". everyHit.com. 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2009.