On this day in music history: January 8, 1966 …

On this day in music history: January 8, 1966 – “Rubber Soul”, the sixth studio album by The Beatles hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for 6 weeks. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London from June 17, October 12 – November 11, 1965. The album is recorded in a relatively brief and intense four weeks worth of recorded sessions (with the exception of one song started during the “Help!” sessions (“Wait”), but not completed until later, following the bands’ second world tour. It is a major progression for the band musically and lyrically boasting such classics as “Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)”, “Michelle”, “Nowhere Man”, “In My Life”, and “I’m Looking Through You”. The album is regarded by both critics and fans as one of their greatest works. The US release of “Rubber Soul with the altered track listing remains in print until 1987, when it is replaced with the original fourteen track UK version. The US version is briefly reissued on CD, as part of the box set "The Beatles – The Capitol Albums, Volume Two” in 2006. The first pressing of the “Rubber Soul” CD is mistakenly released using stereo mixes, that had been folded over into mono, rather than the correct original mono mixes. Capitol offers replacement copies to customers, during a brief time window. The mistake is corrected on all other existing copies. It is reissued again (using the 2009 remasters) in 2014 as part of the the box set “The Beatles – The US Albums” in January of 2014. The album is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2000, and is the subject of a pair of tribute albums titled “This Bird Has Flown” and “Rubber Folk”. “Rubber Soul” is certified 6x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.