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Hey Jude (Song by The Beatles) 1968


Hey Jude Discography:
  • Song Name - "Hey Jude"
  • Old Name - Originally titled "Hey Jules".
  • Band - The Beatles
  • Written by - Paul McCartney but credited to Lennon/McCartney.
  • Released - released on 26 August 1968 in the US, and 30 August in the UK.
  • Length - 7 minutes
  • Sales - Approx 8 million copies.
  • Paul McCartney – vocal, bass, piano
  • John Lennon – backing vocal, acoustic guitar
  • George Harrison – backing vocal, lead guitar
  • Ringo Starr – backing vocal, drums, tambourine
Hey Jude Background Facts:
  • Ballad was written to comfort John Lennon's son Julian during his parents' divorce.
  • "Hey Jude" was released in August 1968 as the first single from The Beatles' record label Apple Records.
  • Spent nine weeks as number one in the United States.
Hey Jude Back Story to the Song:
  • John Lennon and his wife Cynthia Lennon had just separated (1968) due to his affair with Yoko Ono.
  • Soon afterwards, Paul McCartney drove out to visit Cynthia and Julian (Cynthia's son with Lennon).
  • On the journey down McCartney composed 'Hey Jude' in the car.
  • The song's original title "Hey Jules", and it was clealy intended to comfort Julian Lennon from the stress of his parents' divorce.
  • McCartney related later that , "I started with the idea 'Hey Jules', which was Julian, don't make it bad, take a sad song and make it better. Hey, try and deal with this terrible thing. I knew it was not going to be easy for him. I always feel sorry for kids in divorces ... I had the idea [for the song] by the time I got there. I changed it to 'Jude' because I thought that sounded a bit better."
  • John Lennon thought it had actually been written for him, rather than Julian.
Hey Jude Recording:
  • The band recorded 25 takes of "Hey Jude" at Abbey Road Studios, with the recording done over 2 nights (29 July & 30 July 1968), though these were mostly rehearsals.
  • The master rhythm track was recorded on 31 July at Trident Studios to utilise the 8-track recording machine there.
  • The song was finally completed on the 1st August 1968.
  • Overdubs, including a 36-piece orchestra, for the song's long coda were also added.
  • At about 2:58 of the song, McCartney can be heard to say, "Oh, fucking hell!"
  • It was Lennon's idea to leave the mistake in the final mix, insisting that it was buried just low enough so that it can barely be heard.
  • Ron Richards comments that during the recording McCartney was "oblivious to anyone else's feelings in the studio," and that he was driven to make the best possible record, at almost any cost.
The Beatles Performing Hey Jude introduced by David Frost on 8th September 1968:




Image - Hey Jude Gold LP by Andreas Thum (Wikipedia) the GNU Free Documentation License.

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