The Beatles track "Hey Jude" turns 46 today!
The repertoire of The Beatles is arguably among the finest, and one of the gems in it is “Hey Jude,” penned by Paul McCartney and credited under the McCartney-Lennon writing tandem. In an interview, McCartney revealed that the song, originally titled “Hey Jules,” was written as a form of comfort to John Lennon ‘s five year-old son Julian. At the time, Lennon and wife Cynthia have just separated following the former’s affair with Yoko Ono. McCartney was said to have composed the song while on the road to visit Cynthia and Julian.
“I was going out in my car, just vaguely singing this song and it was like, ‘Hey, Jules…’ And then I just thought a better name was Jude. A bit more country and western for me.’ The opening lines were a hopeful message for Julian: ‘Come on, man, your parents got divorced. I know you’re not happy, but you’ll be OK.’” – Paul McCartney via Rolling Stone
Clocking in at more than seven minutes long, “Hey Jude” was recorded on this day in 1968 at the Trident Studios in London. On August 26, the single was released with “Revolution” on the B-side.
The single was a huge success internationally from the get-go; today, it goes without saying that “Hey Jude” is a song that one would immediately associate with The Beatles. Not only was it one of the best efforts that the legendary band has produced, it’s also among the greatest, critically-acclaimed, and most influential songs in history.