Hey Jude
The Beatles

Hey Jude, don't make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember, to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1968 for nine weeks
  • single released: Aug 26, 1968
  • No. 1 on the UK Singles chart in 1968 for two weeks
  • RIAA certified Platinum record (4x)
  • Billboard Music Award for the 1968 - Hot 100 Single of the Year
  • "Hey Jude" was always intended to be a single and not attached to any album
  • from the album Past Masters (1988)
  • the song was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • ranks #8 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • "Hey Jude" was the first single released by the Beatles on their own Apple Records label
  • the nine weeks "Hey Jude" spent at Number One was the longest any Beatles song had held the top spot
  • on the record:
       Paul McCartney- lead vocal, bass, piano
       John Lennon- acoustic guitar, backing vocal,
       George Harrison- lead guitar, backing vocal,
       Ringo Starr- drums, tambourine, backing vocal
       36-piece orchestra
  • written by Paul McCartney, credited to Lennon/McCartney; it was written during the White Album sessions
  • the song was originally titled "Hey Jules"; McCartney wrote it to comfort John Lennon's son Julian during the divorce of his parents
  • "Hey Jude" which is over 7 minutes in length was the longest Beatles song to that point and has a 4 minute ending refrain that is longer than the preceding verses
  • it holds the record for being the longest song to reach Number One on the Hot 100
  • McCartney had wanted a full 100-piece orchestra but gave George Martin short notice, so he had to settle for a 37 piece; the orchestra joined in on the chorus for the final 4 minute na-na-na ending
  • the studio recording notes for "Hey Jude" were bought at an auction in 1996 by Julian Lennon
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded July 29 - Aug 1, 1968 at Trident Studios, London, England
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