Hey Jude.

19 Responses to “Hey Jude.”

  1. Pete F. says:

    Wow, cool pic!
    Imagine standing in that crowd…

  2. Lizzie says:

    My friends were there, several of the fans were invited… I didn’t go because I was back in Rio visiting my family – bad timing!

  3. Pete F. says:

    Hi Lizzie, bad timing indeed!

  4. Lizzie says:

    Pete F., you have no idea how much I regret coming to Rio for those months in 1968… I missed A LOT! But I guess I had no choice. I originally was sent to London in February 1967 for the school holidays and I only went back over a year later… but I did make it back in time for John’s birthday and gave him a long, bright orange wool scarf which I made him in crochet while in Rio. He wore it the night of his birthday and another time. I have photos. No need to say what a thrill it was to see him with my scarf wrapped around his gorgeous neck!

  5. Pete F. says:

    Dear Lizzie, I would give up so much to have spent one WEEK with the Beatles in 1967, let alone a whole year. You are so lucky to have had that opportunity and to have lived that experience. And we are lucky to have you as a member of this blog and to be able to read your stories, chat with you on occasion and DREAM about what it must have been like to be THERE! Please don’t regret anything and please continue to share your recollections of that magical time.

  6. I refuse to believe that’s really a crowd in that pic. How do you know they aren’t cardboard cutouts propped up by stage hands? I smell a conspiracy I tell ya!!!!


  7. DaveO says:

    Very cool! It looks like they’re playing in a small club. I wish they would have filmed some of the oldies songs they played to the crowd live in between takes of Hey Jude (maybe some of it was filmed?)

  8. Alex of Bronx says:

    Hey Dave,
    I never knew that, that would be great if they would release some of that stuff.

  9. mcarp555 says:

    @johnny – (facepalm) Not you too!

  10. yes indeed mcarp…both david frost and ed sullivan were co-conspirators in trying to bring down the Beatles. someone should get oliver stone on the horn about this !!!!

  11. DaveO says:

    @Alex -During the January 1969 (on 1/3/69) Get Back sessions, director Michael Lindsay-Hogg can be heard discussing with the other Beatles some details from the “Hey Jude” video shoot. He remembered “Jenny, Jenny Jenny”, “Long Tall Sally” and “Lucille” being performed to the 200-300 people assembled in between takes of “Hey Jude”.

  12. Kwai Chang says:

    everything is a conspiracy
    and all conspiracies are LIVE
    The moon is a cardboard cutout
    try mannequins first.
    Shake, rattle and fold!
    This video is fine until the finale
    where all that disorganized meandering just take too much energy to watch. It’s one of the few vids that fail. Tack it onto the stairway scene of MMT…
    that’s better.
    Right where it belongs.
    Revolution video invigorates.
    I could watch it 2-3 times in a row. Hey Jude is like a Quaalude.

  13. Hey Jude is a great song, it’s just such a pity that it was so badly recorded. Emerick talks about the engineer errors in his book. Since reading his book I’ve never heard the song the same way since

  14. George and John have both had sulking tantrums about how when it came to their songs Paul could become disinterested and not put in 100% effort, personally I’ve never found evidence of this, quite the opposite in fact. I do think however that ‘Hey Jude’ was one recording where the other three pretty much threw Pauls song away. John could have sung so much better than he does, chopping away at the acoustic, where was George?, playing rudimentary, sloppy bass? (Thank goodness Paul spoke up and stopped him doing echoing phrases), and Ringos Kit sounds abysmal, is he hitting cymbals or sheets of copper?.

    I love the song as it is, but I think this may have been a ‘tension’ song where after George had a sulk after being directed by Paul on what not to play, I think Paul withdrew into himself, thought ‘Bugger you lot, I’ll just shut up then’, and they just kind of tossed it off.

    This is all just a ‘Tammy theory’ of course, but Paul is always the easy fall guy for mischief, but both John and George were pretty good at slacking and sulking.

  15. Kwai Chang says:

    Anybody as good as Paul can be on my team even if he takes my position. Can someone be the best at something if he doesn’t first believe that he is the best? Paul is unafraid to go there. He wants to take up the whole swimming pool really. This is partly due to the visual impact he had on you the first time you saw him. I don’t think many people have a look that is the alloy that Paul’s is. He looks different because what he already has in those drop-dead gorgeous working class look…he has twice that amount of musical aptitude…and his confidence level cannot be measured…it is a theoretical algebraic function. Maybe even a vortex to the portal of melodic introspection…
    “Of course we’re only working on my songs”

  16. good point tammy. ron richards (i think) mentioned that paul was so driven during the HJ sessions that he was oblivious to what anyone else wanted. maybe the other 3 had gotten tired of his bossiness. or maybe paul was tired of motivating them…or maybe both :-)

  17. MarkC says:

    I always thought the simplicity of the arrangement and the power of the melody and Paul’s vocals make the song am all time classic. Sometimes my number 1. And hearing all four Beatles in the coda is awesome. George Martin did a nice job with the addition of the horns too.

    George H must have been irked by Paul bringing up the answering guitar line in the Let it be film and in interviews for years. The lyrics,coda and running time of Isn’t it a Pity are testament to that.

  18. Alex of Bronx says:

    Hi Tammy,
    Agree with you about John and George, they definitely were slackers at times, Have a gut feeling George followed John’s lead.
    Ringo I don’t think dogged the band when it came to work. I always saw him as a professional when it came to work. If the drums don’t seem right to you on Hey Jude I think it is more the mixing then Ringo’s effort.
    I remember as a kid back in the day I thought Paul was too bossy
    and John and George were victims of Paul. As a much older guy now I realize someone had to step up and take charge or else nothing would get done although Paul could be over the edge at times.
    Never knew Paul to dog the other guys songs ever, but I don’t know how committed John was the last couple of years especially on George’s songs. Although all those takes of Maxwell Silvers Hammer and Teddy Boy was nuts also.
    Just an opinion from The Bronx.

  19. thought it was noteworthy a couple weeks ago when Ringo thanked Paul in public for pushing the 3 of them in the final 2 years of the band. Interesting to me at least because Ringo has never been entirely generous about dishing out compliments to the others.

    this might be a little too general, but all 3 of them were going thru the same thing the final 2 years of the band: paul got offended when the others didn’t get into his songs (ObLaDi), John got offended by Paul’s unenthusiam for AT Universe, and hell, George had to get Clapton on WMGGW because the song was being abandoned.

    I understand Paul’s frustration, but imagine being George. You get no support for songs like Not Guilty and WMGGW that are being cast aside to make room instead for Rev #9 and ObLaDiObLaDa ? And I
    seem to remember at the beginning of the LIB sessions (on a bootleg) when John admits to George that he thinks that George’s songs are better than his. As John once said, he and Paul were much more assertive than George when it came to pushing their songs onto albums & getting their own way.

    Whew, sorry to be so long winded people. :-)

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