Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Julian Lennon Thanks “Uncle Paul” McCartney on the 50th Anniversary of “Hey Jude”– Which Was Written for Him


Julian Lennon, John’s older son with Cynthia, has saluted “Uncle Paul” McCartney on the 50th anniversary of “Hey Jude.” The time-busting single– clocking in at just over 7 minutes– was released on August 27, 1968 in the US. McCartney wrote the song for Julian, who was 5 years old at the time. Young “Jules,” as the song was originally sung, was upset about his parents’ divorce. Thank you, Julian. Classy as usual.


“Hey Jude” spent 7 weeks at number 1 after its release. It remains one of the most popular records of all time, and in the top 5 of the Lennon-McCartney songbook.

On the UK charts for the week ending September 11, 1968, “Hey Jude” began its run at number 1. Number 2 was the Bee Gees’ “I’ve Gotta Get a Message to You,” Number 3 was “Do It Again” by the Beach Boys” and number 4 was “I Say a Little Prayer” by Aretha Franklin. Also in the top 25 that week: Simon & Garfunkel, the Kinks, the Four Tops, Tommy James, and Dusty Springfield.

And you wonder why we weep.

Roger Friedman
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