Chart Position: 1

  • Lead vocals: Paul McCartney
  • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Backing vocals: John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and a large gathering of friends and well-wishers
  • Keyboards: Paul McCartney
  • Guitar: John Lennon and George Harrison
  • #1 bestseller for 1968
  • #8 on Rolling Stone magazines  list of 500 greatest songs
  • Over 4 million singles sold worldwide
  • Topped the Billboard charts for a then-record 7 weeks
  • #8 on Billboard magazines 100 all-time top songs
  • #5 on Q magazines list of greatest singles of all time
  • At 7:14 minutes this is the longest #1 single ever
  • This is the ‘A’ side of ‘Revolution’ (1968)
  • McCartney’s early version of this song was written to six year old Julian Lennon, John’s son,  to sing to him because he was distraught over his parent’s marriage problems
  • The name in the title changed from ‘Jules’ to ‘Jude’ as the song developed  to ‘give it a more country-western feel’  according to McCartney
  • John Lennon loved the song and interpreted it as a message to him
  • Not available on LP until the 1970 LP ‘Hey Jude’
  • John Lennon can be heard uttering a profanity when he masks a mistake right before the beginning of the refrain
  • Julian Lennon did not know the song was about him until he was in his twenties
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • Produced by George Martin
  • This is the Beatles biggest U.S. hit single
  • Later recorded by Wilson Pickett (1969), Chet Atkins, O.C. Smith, Ray Stevens, Sonny and Cher, Tom Jones, Stars on 45 and many more

 Hey+Jude

 

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