Sometimes it’s hard to be a writer. When you go back in history you remember things about your life. The summer of 1965 was a difficult one for me and The Beatles came out with their seventh album titled somewhat erroneously “Beatles VI.”
I think “Beatles VI” was an album that reflected some change in the Beatles and identified them individually.
John and Paul continue to get all of the billing as lead singers. Only George was featured on one song and Ringo was left out all together.
Paul started the album off with his version of “Kansas City” showing why he had a reputation as a “screamer.” The Beatles showed that they were able to hold a crowd. There truly was something magical about them and their music. The next song on the album was “Eight Days a Week” and it was The Beatles personified. It was harmony with a very clever chorus. Paul and John developed further their unique two-part harmony followed by the addition of George for fill. “Eight Days a Week” went a long way in establishing The Beatles as serious music writers.
People rarely mention it but I don’t there has been a more beautiful tenor voice than Paul McCartney has.
George did a nice song in “You like Me Too Much.”
John’s love of 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll is expressed in this album by singing “Bad Boy” and “You Make Me Dizzy Miss Lizzie.”
The Beatles pay tribute to Buddy Holly in the song he did which was ahead of its time “Words of Love.”
Paul sings lead among other songs on “What You’re Doing” and along with John on “Tell Me What You See.”
I’ll end the article with the song that reminds me of 1965. It was the song “Yes it is.” John sings the lead on it. You will notice some of the most haunting harmony that any group ever sang in that period. Later they will do a song called”Your Bird Can Sing.”
“Yes it is” expresses the angst of changing loves when you still have strong feelings for one person yet also are drawn to another. Of course rarely can you be as direct as the singer is in “Yes it is.”
So The Beatles came out in the summer of 1965 and continued their roll of hits. “Eight Days a Week” was the record that continued to keep The Beatles at the top.