Recording "Hey Jude"

Wednesday, July 31, 1968 • For The Beatles

Album Songs recorded during this session officially appear on the Hey Jude / Revolution 7" Single.
Timeline More from year 1968
Trident Studios, London, UK

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From The Beatles Monthly Book, September 1968, N°62:

Then, on the Wednesday, we moved from EMI to Trident which is where the rest of the work was done on “Hey Jude”. In fact a fresh version of the number was started from scratch with George on electric guitar, Paul on piano and Ringo playing the tambourine. To the first backing tracks Paul added his solo vocal and then the others joined him to put on the harmony stuff.

Mal Evans

Paul McCartney in "Many Years From Now", by Barry Miles:

There is an amusing story about recording it. We were at Trident Studios in Soho, and Ringo walked out to go to the toilet and I hadn’t noticed. The toilet was only a few yards from his drum booth, but he’d gone past my back and I still thought he was in his drum booth. I started what was the actual take, and Hey Jude goes on for hours before the drums come in and while I was doing it I suddenly felt Ringo tiptoeing past my back rather quickly, trying to get to his drums. And just as he got to his drums, boom boom boom, his timing was absolutely impeccable. So I think when those things happen, you have a little laugh and a light bulb goes off in your head and you think, This is the take! And you put a little more into it. You think, oh, fuck! This has got to be the take, what just happened was so magic! So we did that and we made a pretty good record.
From Twitter – Paul outside Trident Studios, London, 1968. Photo by Linda McCartney #ThrowbackThursday #TBT

Last updated on July 4, 2021

Songs recorded


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 1


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 2


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 3


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • Remake - Take 4


Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 1


Production staff

George Martin:
Barry Sheffield:

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