You probably imagine by now that as loyal Beatle fans we had purchased every album and single as they came out. Early on that wasn’t the case. In 1965 we had many singles, maybe all. But as for albums, we had only “Meet the Beatles” and “The Beatles Second Album”. And though I’d seen a “Hard Day’s Night” twice, we didn’t have the sound track or “Something New”, or “Help”. And, while in retrospect I know we had “Beatle 65” and “Beatle VI”, I”m not sure exactly when they came into our house. As mentioned, the constant stream of new Beatles music made it hard to keep up. We also had a limited funds. My older brother who, in true baby boomer entrepreneurial style, managed our paper route (my sister and I delivered the papers) saw the lion’s share of any revenue. What money I made went for candy which I purchased at Tom’s Variety, a little store that was on my part of the route. So I was entirely dependent on my brother to purchase Beatle records.
Little did I know that in December 1965 my brother was going through a crisis of faith. The controversy concerned Rubber Soul which came out in December of 1965, and would have made for a likely Christmas present for my older Brother or Sister. That Christmas there was no Beatle album under the tree - instead a different species. My brother had asked, not for "Rubber Soul", not for the newest Beatle album, but instead “Turn! Turn! Turn! by the Byrds. Now, I liked the Byrd’s - the title track was excellent, and the album contained an amazing song called “Mr Tambourine Man” by Bob Dylan who had a huge hit in the previous summer with “Like a Rolling Stone”.
Lucky for me, a good friend of mine at the time had an older sister who did get “Rubber Soul” for Christmas. Mike played me the album - I loved it from start to finish. I told my brother how good it was, how is was different in a way. How, If he got it, I was sure he’d love it. He wasn’t sure. He had doubts. He was listening to the Byrds. In the meantime, I would stop off at my Mike's house after I was done delivering papers - his house was on my route - to hear as much of the album as I could before heading home for supper. It was on one of these late winter afternoon’s that I learned Mike’s sister Pauline, didn’t really like this new Beatle record and might be inclined to sell it. I went back to my brother with this news. Although reluctant, we entered into negotiations. Albums at this time were generally $3.99 or $4.99. I expect Rubber Soul had been the latter. After what seemed like weeks, we settled on $3.49. I brought the album home and sure enough, he loved it. From there, we never looked back.