The song was written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. The ballad evolved from a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian, after Lennon had left his wife for the Japanese artist Yoko Ono. The single was the Beatles’ first release on their Apple record label and one of the \”First Four\” singles.
About Hey Jude in brief
The song was written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. The ballad evolved from a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian, after Lennon had left his wife for the Japanese artist Yoko Ono. The single was the Beatles’ first release on their Apple record label and one of the \”First Four\” singles by Apple’s roster of artists. It has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on music critics’ lists of the greatest songs of all time. The song was the first Beatles song to be recorded on eight-track recording equipment. Its arrangement and extended coda encouraged many imitative works through to the early 1970s. In 2013, Billboard magazine named it the 10th \”biggest\” song of alltime in terms of chart success. McCartney has continued to perform \”Hey Jude\” in concert since Lennon’s death in 1980, leading audiences in singing the coda. Julian Lennon and McCartney have each bid successfully at auction for items of memorabilia related to the song’s creation. Ringo Starr later left the band only to return shortly before they filmed the promotional clip for the single. The clip was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and first aired on David Frost’s UK television show. Contrasting with the problems afflicting the band, this performance captured the song’s theme of optimism and togetherness by featuring the studio audience joining the Beatles as they sang thecoda.
At over seven minutes in length,\”Hey Jude’ was the longest single to top the British charts up to that time. Its nine-week run at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 tied the all-time record in 1968 for the longest run at the top of the US charts. McCartney later said he found it “a bit much for them suddenly to be personae non gratae and out of my life’”. Cynthia Lennon recalled of McCartney’s surprise visit: “I was touched by his obvious concern for our welfare… I will never forget Paul’s gesture of care and concern in coming to see us.’’ The song’s original title was ‘Hey Jules’ and it was intended to comfort Julian from the stress of his parents’ separation. McCartney said, ‘I knew it was not going to be easy for him, and that he changed the name to ‘Jude’ because I thought that sounded a bit better’ ‘“” – Paul McCartney, 1997. He also regaled a local pub in Bedfordshire with the song while producing the Bonzo Dog Band with the Spaceman Band and interrupted a recording by the Knights of the Urban Spaceman in London to do the same recording. ‘‘I’m a Spaceman’ – Ron Griffith of the Iveys – soon to be known as Badfinger and the Black Dyke Mills Band, was an early signing to the Beatles’ new record label Apple Records – recalled the song.