Which Beatles song did the Overlanders take to number one in the UK?
"Michelle" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1965 album "Rubber Soul". It was composed principally by Paul McCartney, with the middle eight co-written with John Lennon. The song is a love ballad with part of its lyrics sung in French.
"Michelle" was the most successful track from Rubber Soul for other recording artists. The song was a UK hit in 1966 for the Overlanders, whose version topped the Record Retailer chart. It also reached number 2 in Australia. Signed to Pye Records, the Overlanders issued their recording after the Beatles had declined to release it as a single themselves in the United Kingdom and the United States. According to author Steve Turner, Pye and the Overlanders were given the Beatles' blessing because the record label had recently acquiesced to Brian Epstein's request that they withdraw a single by Alfred Lennon (Lennon's estranged father).
The Overlanders were a British music group active during the 1960s. Originally playing folk songs, the band found success hard to come by during the beat era, and so converted to a more mainstream sound. In 1964, they had a regional hit in the Chicago area of the United States, and in Australia, with a cover of "Don't It Make You Feel Good", a song written and recorded by The Shadows in UK. That same year, their rendition of Chad Stuart's "Yesterday's Gone" received much airplay in the US, and became a minor hit.