“Hey Jules” aka “Hey Jude”

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!







  1. YES: Who IS that guy with flowered on his glasses?? It reminds me of something Bill Murray would do! But the age isn’t right. I think I mentioned this in the past but the FIRST time I ever heard this song (feels like yesterday) was on my car radio and it is so weird but I thought that I had HEARD ALL OF IT BEFORE???!!! I searched my m I and for weeks trying to pin point the real origin of the melody. It was just SO FAMILIAR — something from the past. It was later that I heard Paul discussing music composition when he mused that AL THE MUSIC – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE is actually ALTEADY out there in the either of space making up the universe. He said allthat is required is for anyone to comprehend the ABILITY to ACCESS the information!! What a WONDERFUL DONG!! I LOVE IT!
    the wood

    • Hey Wood,
      Re: The “Old weird dude with the flowers in his glasses” I believe is a very popular comic actor from the 60’s you may recall! His name is Wally Cox and he showed up in guest rolls on just about every prime time comedy. Eventually he was given his own series by NBC it was called “Hiram Holiday” ringing any bells?
      HE was an oddball but my brother and I thought he was hilarious! As we like to say:
      SMS, Your place for the stuff you didn’t know, you didn’t know!
      Thanx Woody!

    • “Hey Jules”,
      I agree, I like the way that sounds! I think you ought to give McCartney a ring and convince him that he needs to re-think this whole “Hey Jude” thing! Hey, it’s only been 50 years!
      Thanx “Jules” glad you liked the piece!

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