11 February 1968: Recording, mixing: Hey Bulldog

Hans Hot 100 Beatles Songs: #63: ‘Hey Bulldog’

The Countdown so far- 100-‘Any Time At All’/ 99- ‘No Reply’ / 98- ‘You Know My Name [Look Up The Number]/ 97- ‘The Inner Light’ / 96- ‘ You Won’t See Me’ / 95- ‘Baby’s In Black’/ 94- ‘Sexy Sadie’ / 93- ‘I Need You’ / 92- ‘Love Me Do’/ 91- ‘Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey’/ 90- ‘Doctor Robert’/ 89- ‘There’s A Place’/ 88- ‘Good Day Sunshine’ 87- ‘It’s Only Love’ 86- ‘I Want You [She’s So Heavy] 85-‘Yer Blues’ / 84- ‘From Me To You’/ 83-‘She’s Leaving Home’/ 82-‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite’/ 81-‘I’m So Tired’/ 80-‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ 79- ‘Baby, You’re A Rich Man’ 78- ‘Yellow Submarine.’ #77 ‘Things We Said Today.’ #76: ‘When I’m Sixty- Four’ #75: ‘Happiness IS A Warm Gun’ 74: ‘I Will’ 73: ‘Within You Without You’ 72: ‘ This Boy’ 71: ‘And I Love Her’- #70: ‘Fixing A Hole’ #69- ‘Drive My Car’ 68: ‘I Should Have Known Better’ #67: ‘Getting Better’ #66: ‘If I Needed Someone’ #65: ‘I’m Down, #64: ‘Good Morning Good Morning.’ #63:’ Hey Bulldog’

#63: ‘Hey Bulldog’- This John Lennon song- was one of the four new Beatles songs that made it onto the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. For years it was a rather obscure Beatles song but decades later when The Beatles catalog became very well played out on the radio- it was sort of rediscovered- I don’t know how many times I’ve heard it referred as The Beatles underrated classic. Back in the 1970’s the Oakland A’s had a left fielder named Joe Rudi. He was a fine all around player but on a team with stars on it like Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue etc- Rudi kind of got lost in the shuffle as far as publicity goes. It came to be that nearly every time the A’s were on national television- during the season or post -season the announcers got to repeating over and over- Joe Rudi- one of the most underrated players in baseball. He became acclaimed for being underrated to the point where he may have become overrated- if that makes sense. ‘Hey Bulldog’ is the Joe Rudi of Beatles songs- for the past 20 years it has been called by so many people ‘the most underrated Beatles song’ that it is in danger of becoming overrated. I think #63 is a good spot for it.

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