I’m A Loser – The Beatles

THIS DAY IN MUSIC………………………………on January 1st of 1965 The Beatles had three L.P.s in the Top 10 of the US albums chart, with “Beatles ’65” (number 1), “A Hard Day’s Night” (number 6) and “Beatles’ Story” (peaking at number 7). In the United States, Beatles ’65 jumped from number 98 straight to number 1, making the biggest jump to the top position in the history of the Billboard album charts up to that time. It remained at number 1 for nine straight weeks from 9 January 1965. The album was the top selling non-soundtrack LP based on Billboards year-end chart for 1965. By 31 December 1964, the album had sold 1,967,261 copies in the US; by the end of the 1960s, sales there were up to 2,327,186. From “Beatles ’65” comes the song “I’m A Loser”. Though the song is credited to Lennon-McCartney John Lennon wrote this and also sang lead. He considered it one of his best early songs. Lennon: “Me in my Dylan period… part of me suspects I’m a loser and part of me thinks I’m God almighty.” John Lennon wrote this on a plane while The Beatles were touring with Jackie DeShannon. It was a songwriting departure from the lighter fare Lennon and McCartney previously wrote. John Lennon’s lowest recorded note as a Beatle is a G, which he hits in this song. He also sings the G in the last “going down” of “Happiness Is A Warm Gun.”