Didja know that it was on this day Sept. 28th In 1968, The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the U.S. singles chart with ‘Hey Jude’. The Paul McCartney song written for and about John Lennon’s son, Julian! “Hey Jude” gave the group their 16th U.S. No.1 and the biggest selling single of 1968!
John Lennon and his then wife Cynthia had just split up, John had met Yoko and their son Julian was having a difficult time dealing with the separation. ( Julian was approx. 5 years old ) Paul had always been fond of Cynthia and very close with Julian, so one day he decided to make a drive down to visit them and offer some moral support! It was on that car trip that he wrote “Hey Jude” McCartney admits he originally wrote the song as Hey Jules, but he felt Hey Jude simply sang better
When introducing the composition to Lennon, McCartney assured him that he would “fix” the line “the movement you need is on your shoulder”, reasoning that “it’s a stupid expression; it sounds like a parrot.” Lennon replied: “You won’t, you know. That’s the best line in the song. McCartney retained the phrase and he later said of his subsequent live performances of the song: “that’s the line when I think of John, and sometimes I get a little emotional during that moment.”
Hey Jude was the first release on The Beatles new record label “Apple” and the record lasted in excess of 7 minutes, doubters were worried that radio may have a tough time programming it especially in the U.S. Obviously that was not a problem. In addition to the record’s incredible chart success, Hey Jude went on to sell over 8 million records! And to add to the challenge, Apple (upon Paul’s insistence) also released Mary Hopkins debut single “Those Were The Day’s “ produced by Paul, on the same day they released Hey Jude! No prob for Mary either. Lastly, in an ironic yet somewhat unfair twist of fate, in 1996 Julian purchased the recording notes on Hey Jude at a Christie’s auction for £25,000 ( approximately $50,000 )
Here’s what The Beatles press release said per their rep and good friend Derek Taylor:
[The Beatles] are confident and cheerful and the human condition will be thrilled by the coming results of their willing and enduring Beatle bondage … they will give all of us new wonders to soothe our pain.
– Derek Taylor, “Hey Jude” press release, August 1968
Don’t know about you, but for us, there’s something odd, out of touch and just plain weird with that quote about this important and incredible Beatle record! BUT, It’s The Beatles Yeah, Yeah, YEAH!
But now, let’s take a look and listen to our favorite “LIVE” Beatle recording !
But wait! There’s more, and here’s the fun part, as you watch the video of Hey Jude, how many celebrities and 60’s pop stars can you identify? We’re up to about 9, not counting the old weird dude with the flowers in his glasses!
Yeah, Yeah, YEAH, once more!