Billboard #1 Hits: #208: “Hey Jude”- The Beatles – September 28, 1968. #1 for 9 weeks.

  • Single: “Hey Jude”- The Beatles
  • Record Company- Apple Records
  • Genre- Pop Rock
  • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Time: 7:11
  • B-side: ” Revolution”
  • Album- Hey Jude
  • Grade: A+
  • Peaked at #1 for 9 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100. #1 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Yugoslavia.

The Beatles biggest chart buster- “Hey Jude” spent 9 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the fall of 1968. The Beatles only had two hits in 1968- because they only released two singles-“Lady Madonna” went to #4 and then there was “Hey Jude.” It wasn’t as though The Beatles were up to nothing in 1968- their double album “The Beatles” aka “The White Album” was released in November and while there was big hit potential in a number of the songs on that album there were no singles released from it.

“Hey Jude” was written by Paul McCartney. He has said he was inspired to write the song after visiting Cynthia and Julian Lennon one day. John had left Cynthia for ‘artist’ Yoko Ono and Paul wrote the song as a comfort to Julian. John always felt the song was written about them- John and Yoko. When asked by John, Paul denied it and said he had written it about himself. At 7:11 in length it broke all the rules as far as the length of a single being a hit. It was the longest #1 hit until a couple years later when “American Pie” clocked in at 8:42. Of course there have been many longer songs- but as far as #1’s- there you go.

4 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #208: “HEY JUDE”- THE BEATLES – SEPTEMBER 28, 1968

  1. That clip and the one for Revolution I’ve always found interesting because you can hear live vocals along with the recorded vocals, with the recorded instrumental track. I seem to recall that was a BBC rule or something. Do you know what I’m talking about?

  2. According to Cynthia, Paul was very kind to her and Juian when her relationship with John ended and he wrote the song for Julian to cheer him up. I am pleased to see that Julian and Sean became good friends. Sean has also produced music. Julian eventually made his peace with Yoko. I saw an interview where he said he had realised if he hurt Yoko he also hurt Sean.

    • I think he once [Julian} commented that growing he had a closer relationship with Paul than he did with his father- which is sad.

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