Hey Jude

Release Date: August 26, 1968 in the U.S. and August 30, 1968 in the U.K.
Album: The first single released off Apple Records backed with Revolution on the B-side, which John Lennon wanted as the A-side.
Credits: Lennon-McCartney officially, but Paul wrote it.
Song Length: 7 minutes, 11 seconds made it the longest song to ever top British charts at the time.
Inspiration: After John Lennon and his wife Cynthia’s split, Paul McCartney says he drove to see her and their son Julian, writing “Hey Jules” on the the trip as a way to try to comfort his friend’s son. He says he later changed the title to “Hey Jude” because he thought it sounded a bit better. John Lennon, however, always thought the song was written for him, and that McCartney was blessing his relationship with Yoko Ono while mourning her taking over his position as Lennon’s closest confidante and friend. And still others hypothesized that the song was about McCartney himself after the break up with fiancee Jane Asher and his relationship with Linda Eastman began. McCartney maintains to this day, however, that song was to help Julian accept Yoko Ono in his life.

And here’s Ella Fitzgerald covering the Beatles’ classic.

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