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The Beatles: Penny Lane (Video 1967) Poster

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The promotional film for "Penny Lane" was, together with the video for "Strawberry Fields Forever", one of the first examples of what later became known as a music video.
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The lyrics refer to Penny Lane, a street in Liverpool, and make mention of the sights and characters that McCartney recalled from his upbringing in the city.
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The song made its LP debut on the US version of the band's Magical Mystery Tour album.
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In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked "Penny Lane" at number 456 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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The name Penny Lane is also used for the area that surrounds its junction with Smithdown Road, Smithdown Place (where the terminus was located) and Allerton Road, including a busy shopping area.
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According to Barry Miles, the fireman and fire engine referred to in the lyrics are based upon the fire station at Mather Avenue, which is "about half a mile down the road" from Penny Lane.
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The mysterious lyrics "Four of fish and finger pies" are British slang. "A four of fish" refers to four-pennyworth of fish and chips, while "finger pie" is sexual slang of the time, apparently referring to intimate foundlings between teenagers in the shelter, which was a familiar meeting place. The combination of "fish and finger" also puns on fish fingers.
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United States (RIAA) Gold certification with 1,000,000 sales.
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In August 1987, the piccolo trumpet Mason played on "Penny Lane" and two other Beatles tracks ("All You Need Is Love" and "Magical Mystery Tour") was sold in an auction at Sotheby's for $10,846.
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Al Di Meola included an instrumental version of the song on his CD All Your Life (2013).
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Paul Mauriat recorded an instrumental version of "Penny Lane" on his Album N 5 (1967).
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The Rutles' song "Doubleback Alley" is a pastiche of this song.
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West German Media Control Singles Chart, peak position 1, 1967.
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Count Basie recorded a swing version on his album Basie on the Beatles (1969), which also includes other Lennon-McCartney songs such as "Hey Jude" and "Get Back".
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Netherlands (Single Top 100) peak position 1, 1967.
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Canada Top Singles (RPM) peak position 1, 1967.
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US Billboard Hot 100, reached Number 1, 1967.
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