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1968-Number 1 single.
Best Bit-At 3.09.The ‘outro’ that stays longer than the mother-in-law.
By 1968 tensions were rising high in the Beatles camp, with all four band members in confrontation with each other.To add to the tension John Lennon had just split from his wife Cynthia who was also a close friend of McCartney’s, and Lennon’s new partner Yoko Ono appeared in the eyes of McCartney to be taking his place in the creative department.
McCartney (see also best songs 646-599-456-319-238-218-141-107-80-51 and 10) didn’t think it was right to cut ties with Cynthia, and decided to visit her and her five year old son Julian at their family home. Cynthia recalled McCartney’s surprise visit, ‘I was touched by his obvious concern for our welfare, on the journey down he composed ‘Hey Jude’ in the car.’
The songs original title was ‘Hey Jules’ and it was intended to comfort Julian from the stress of his parents separation, McCartney changed the title to ‘Hey Jude’ as it fit the song better.
Reading through the lyrics it appears that the song is not just about a five year old boy, it appears to encompass all the turbulent relationships surrounding McCartney at that time including his own failing relationship with Jane Asher, and his recent meeting with Linda Eastman in June 1968.
Two other UK Number 1 singles with long ‘outro’s’ were inspired by this song,’Heart of Glass’ by Blondie and ‘Hot Love’ by T.Rex.
‘For well you know that it’s a fool who plays it cool by making his world a little colder.’
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This is the highest placed Beatles song on this countdown.YOUTUBE.COMHey Jude (Remastered 2009)Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Hey Jude (Remastered 2009) · The Beatles The Beatles 1967 – 1970 ℗ 2009 Calderstone…