Australian singles charts:
Help! entered the Kent charts on 24 July 1965 and was a #1 hit. The song was #3 on the Top 100 of 1965.
The song is on the Help! soundtrack album which entered the Kent album charts on 18 September 1965. It went straight to #1 in its first week and sat there for 9 weeks. The album returned to #1 twice more in 1966.
BONUS CLIP BELOW – John Farnham singing Help!
Help! by Beatles served as the title song for their 1965 film and its soundtrack album.
Credited to Lennon–McCartney, Help! was written by John Lennon with some help from Paul McCartney.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help!_(song)
John Lennon has described this time of his life as his “fat Elvis period.” In a 1971 interview with Rolling Stone, Lennon said this is one of his favorite Beatles records, because, “I meant it – it’s real.” He added: “The lyric is as good now as it was then. It is no different, and it makes me feel secure to know that I was that aware of myself then. It was just me singing ‘Help’ and I meant it.”
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-beatles/help
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BONUS CLIP – JOHN FARNHAM
A version of Help by Australia’s John Farnham entered the Kent Music Report on 14 July 1980 and peaked at #8. The songs was #75 on the Top 100 of 1980.
In 1980, John Farnham signed with Glenn Wheatley, who was also managing Little River Band. They decided Franham’s comeback single would be a reworking of The Beatles’ Help!, which was produced by LRB’s Graeham Goble.
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