On this day in 1967, The Beatles released the the two sided single with Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane. These two tracks were originally going to be put on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Band, but they instead decided to release it earlier. George Martin then described that as “the biggest mistake of [his] professional life” since them being released as a single shut down any chance of including the two songs on the album, which he thought would have made it even better than the masterpiece it was.


On this day in music history: February 13, 1967 - “Strawberry Fields Forever” / “Penny Lane” by The Beatles is released. The double A-sided single is the first release to emerge from the recording sessions that yields the landmark album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”. The two songs based on childhood remembrances by Lennon and McCartney were originally slated to be a part of the album. The two songs are instead issued as a stand alone single, after Capitol Records in the US begins to press the band for a new release, not having issued any new Beatles records in over six months. In the US, “Penny Lane” hits number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on March 18, 1967, while “Strawberry Fields” peaks at number eight on April 1, 1967. In the UK, the single peaks at #2 behind Englebert Humperdinck’s “Release Me”. US and Canadian promotional copies of the single include an earlier mono mix of “Penny Lane” that includes a seven note trumpet coda at the end that is mixed out of all commercially released versions of the song, making the promo 45 a valuable and heavily sought after collector’s item. Both tracks make their LP debut on the US release of “Magical Mystery Tour” in November of 1967.

Sgt. Pepper Songs for the Signs

Aries: Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite
Taurus: Good Morning Good Morning
Gemini: With a Little Help from My Friends
Cancer: When I’m Sixty-Four
Leo: Within You Without You
Virgo: She’s Leaving Home
Libra: Lovely Rita
Scorpio: A Day in the Life
Sagittarius: Getting Better
Capricorn: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Aquarius: Fixing a Hole
Pisces: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds