“Penny Lane” by The Beatles was in fact written by Paul McCartney but has been widely associated with the famous songwriting team of Lennon and McCartney.
Paul wrote the song to counter John Lennon’s ” Strawberry Fields Forever ” track. The lyrics are a reference to a real-life street in the city of Liverpool England.
During the Sgt. Pepper sessions, The Beatles recorded and released the song in February 1967 as one side of a double A-sided single, the other being ” Strawberry Fields Forever “.
” Penny Lane ” was the result of their record label’s need for another new release after a dry few months.
The song’s title is taken from a street near the childhood home of John Lennon, who lived there for the first five years.
Today 9 Newcastle Road, which is just off Church Road in Liverpool England has become a prominent landmark for the city, a tourist attraction for Beatles fans touring Liverpool.
Liverpool Council faced a problem with tourists continually stealing street signs named Penny Lane.To counter this costly problem the officials ended up just painting the street name on the side of buildings, this was stopped in 2007, and the council introduced theft-resistant signs. Some tourists, however, still manage to steal them as keepsakes and no doubt some end up on auction site eBay.
The song failed to reach the top spot in the United Kingdom. Instead, it peaked at number two on the UK Singles chart. It did go on to reach the Top Ten in several European countries.
Not included in the group’s UK EP, Magical Mystery Tour. However, it was included on the US album of the same name.
Rolling Stone magazine ranked ” Penny Lane ” number 456 on its list of the Top 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Go-Set National Top 40 1,Belgian Singles Chart 4,Canadian RPM 100 1,Irish Singles Chart 2, West German Media Control Chart 1.
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