Chart success: Beatles for Sale

Beatles for Sale topped the UK Albums Chart on December 13th 1964, remaining at number one for seven straight weeks; eventually being knocked off by The Rolling Stones No. 2. It did however regain the top spot on February 21st 1965, for one more week.

"Our records were progressing. We'd started out like anyone spending their first time in a studio - nervous and naïve and looking for success. By this time we'd had loads of hits and a few tours and were becoming more relaxed with ourselves, and more comfortable in the studio. And the music was getting better.
For this album we rehearsed only the new ones. Songs like Honey Don't and Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby, we'd played live so often that we only had to get a sound on them and do them. But with songs like Baby's In Black, we had to learn and rehearse them. We were beginning to do a little overdubbing, too, probably a four-track. And George Martin would suggest some changes; not too many, but he was always an integral part of it." - George Harrison
Beatles for Sale photo shoot, 1964.

Beatles for Sale photo shoot, 1964.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon rehearsing at Abbey Road, 1964.

Paul McCartney and John Lennon rehearsing at Abbey Road, 1964.