Penny Lane (3:00)

Cover of Magical Mystery Tour

From Magical Mystery Tour and 47 other releases

“Penny Lane” is a song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney, recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions, and released in February 1967 as one side of a double A-sided single, along with John Lennon’s “Strawberry Fields Forever”. Beatles producer George Martin has stated he believes the pairing of these songs resulted in probably the greatest single ever released by the group. Both songs were later released on the US Magical Mystery Tour album in November 1967. In the UK, the pairing famously failed to reach #1 in the singles charts, stalling one place below Engelbert Humperdinck’s “Please Release Me”. In the US The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for a week before being knocked off by The Turtles song “Happy Together”. The song features contrasting verse-chorus form and was credited “Lennon-McCartney”, although McCartney was the main contributor to the song. The song’s title is derived from the name of a street in the band’s hometown, Liverpool. The area that surrounds its junction with Smithdown Road is also commonly called Penny Lane. Locally the term “Penny Lane” was the name given to Allerton Road and Smithdown Road and its busy shopping area. Penny Lane is named after James Penny, an 18th century slave trader.

McCartney and Lennon grew up in the area and they would meet at Penny Lane junction to catch a bus into the centre of the city. The street is an important landmark, sought out by most Beatles fans touring Liverpool. In the past, street signs saying “Penny Lane” were constant targets of tourist theft and had to be continually replaced. Eventually, city officials gave up and simply began painting the street name on the sides of buildings.

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Play with Spotify

Albums featuring this track (48)

Similar Tracks

  Track   Duration Listeners
The Beatles - All You Need Is Love 3:46 831,615
The Beatles - Hello Goodbye 3:26 617,730
The Beach Boys - Wouldn't It Be Nice 2:24 647,059
John Lennon - Imagine 6:19 811,866
The Beach Boys - God Only Knows 2:51 536,366
George Harrison - My Sweet Lord 4:34 396,080

Listening Trend

672,397listeners all time
3,728,291scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Explore more

Listen to, buy or share

Buy

Send Ringtones to Cell

In Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs
Of every head he's had the pleasure to know
And all the people that come and go
Stop and say hello

MetroLyrics Full lyrics at MetroLyrics

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.

Listening Now

Top Listeners