John, Paul, George & Ringo


Which one of the Beatles was the first to have a “Solo” single make Billboard’s Charts?

The answer is John Lennon.

Here’s the list of dates and chart positions on Billboard’s Hot-100 of each of the four lad’s solo single debut records:

  • John Lennon, “Give Peace A Chance” July 26th, 1969 Billboard Hot-100 #14
  • Ringo Starr, “Beaucoup Of Blues” Nov. 7th, 1970 Billboard Hot-100 # 87
  • George Harrison, “My Sweet Lord” Nov. 28th, 1970 Billboard Hot-100 #1
  • Paul McCartney, “Another Day” Mar. 6th, 1971 Billboard Hot-100 #5

Please note many of Paul’s early single releases did not come with picture sleeves which is why many of them are pictured here with paper and/or standard sleeves.

Who was the first SOLO Beatle to have a Number 1 Single on Billboard’s Hot-100?

  • George Harrison, “My Sweet Lord” Nov. 28th, 1970 Billboard Hot-100 #1
  • Paul McCartney, “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” Aug. 14th, 1971 Billboard Hot-100 #1
  • Ringo Starr, “Photograph” Oct. 6th, 1973 Billboard Hot-100 #1John Lennon, “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” Sept. 28th, 1974 Billboard Hot-100 #1
  • John Lennon, “Whatever Gets You Through The Night” Sept. 28th, 1974 Billboard Hot-100 #1

Who was the first SOLO Beatle to make it into Billboard’s Top-10?

  • John Lennon, “Instant Karma” Feb. 28th, 1970 Billboard Hot-100 #3
  • George Harrison, “My Sweet Lord” Nov. 28th, 1970 Billboard Hot-100 #1
  • Paul McCartney, “Another Day” Mar. 6th, 1971 Billboard Hot-100 #5
  • Ringo Starr, “It Don’t Come Easy” May 1st, 1971 Billboard Hot-100 #4

Which SOLO Beatle has the most singles to chart on Billboard’s Hot-100 in this time period?

  • Paul McCartney, 42 singles
  • John Lennon, 17 singles
  • George Harrison, 16 singles
  • Ringo Starr, 14 singles

Which one of the SOLO Beatles has the most Top-10 singles?

  • Paul McCartney, 22 singles
  • Ringo Starr, 8 singles
  • John Lennon, 8 singles
  • George Harrison, 6 singles

Which SOLO Beatle to has the most Number 1 singles on Billboard’s Hot-100?

  • Paul McCartney, 9 No. 1 Singles
  • George Harrison, 3 singles No.1 Singles
  • Ringo Starr, 2 singles No. 1 Singles
  • John Lennon, 2 singles No. 1 Singles

Which SOLO Beatle stayed at Number 1 for the most consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot-100?

  • Paul McCartney (w/ Stevie Wonder) “Ebony And Ivory” 7 weeks
  • George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” 4 weeks
  • John Lennon “Just Like Starting Over” 4 weeks
  • Ringo Starr “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen” tie with 1 week each

Did a SOLO Beatle ever replace another SOLO Beatle at Number 1 On Billboard’s Hot-100?

Answer: YES!

It happened only once on June 30th, 1973 when George Harrison’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” knocked “My Love ” by Paul McCartney & Wings out of the Number 1 spot. Neither 45 R.P.M. Record / Single came in a picture sleeve.

Well there you have it. Perhaps I’ll do a “Lounge” page on the Beatles SOLO Albums.

Thanx for dropping by for my little “Salute” to the Beatles SOLO singles.