Australian singles charts:
Hey Jude / Revolution entered the Kent charts on 21 September 1968 and went all the way to #1. It was the #1 record on the Top 100 of 1968.
Originally released as a non-album, double-A-side single, Hey Jude and Revolution were later included on the Hey Jude album, which entered the Kent album charts on 4 May 1970 and was #1 for 2 weeks.
The writing and recording of Hey Jude coincided with a period of upheaval in the Beatles. The ballad evolved from ‘Hey Jules’, a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian, after Lennon had left his wife for the Japanese artist Yoko Ono. The lyrics espouse a positive outlook on a sad situation, while also encouraging “Jude” to pursue his opportunities to find love.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey_Jude
This was the first song released on Apple Records, the record label owned by The Beatles. It was recorded at Trident Studios, London, on July 31 and August 1, 1968 with a 36 piece orchestra. Orchestra members clapped and sang on the fadeout – they earned double their normal rate for their efforts.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-beatles/hey-jude
This was the first overtly political Beatles song. It was John Lennon’s response to the Vietnam War.
There are two very different versions of this song: a slow version that appears on The White Album, and a fast, loud version was released as a single.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/the-beatles/revolution
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