Although “Michelle” failed to chart in the US, it was a number one hit in the UK. In addition, another competing cover by David and Jonathan was overtaken by The Overlanders. David and Jonathan’s version was also a hit at #11.
Although I was unaware of The Overlanders’ brief stab at fame in 1966, I purchased the UK single on the Pye label at a neighbor’s yard sale in the late 1960s. The US version, issued on Hickory, is fairly rare and is a difficult find for collectors. The lack of success in the US market can be attributed to radio playing the original Beatles’ recording as an album cut from “Rubber Soul.”