On this day 16th Jan in 1969, Marmalade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of The Beatles song ?Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da?. It gave the Scottish group (who were formally known as The Gaylords after the notorious post-war Chicago Gaylords street gang) their first and only chart topper.
Covering a Beatles song was good sport in the '60s; artists scrambled to try their versions and interpretations of the latest Fab Four offerings and some were more successful than others. I?m sure someone somewhere has counted how many artists have had hits with Beatles songs, and it will be dozens. McCartney?s ?Yesterday? is one of the most covered songs in the history of music with over 1,600 versions recorded.