Recording "Hey Jude"

Thursday, August 1, 1968 • For The Beatles

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

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

[…] On Thursday, August 1, we imported a 40-piece orchestra, the largest group of accompaniment musicians we’d used since the Beatles did “A Day In The Life” for “Sgt. Pepper” well over a year ago. As you all know by now “Hey Jude” starts out as a plaintive ballad with Paul’s voice well up in front of a fairly simple backing. Then the arrangement begins to build up towards an exciting cimax. That’s where the big orchestra came in. Mostly they just held single notes for long periods to underline and emphasise the whole atmosphere of the recording.

TOWARDS THE END OF THE EVENING WE DECIDED TO MAKE DOUBLE USE OF THE 40 MUSICIANS BY ASKING THEM IF THEY’D LIKE TO DO A BIT OF SINGING AND CLAP THEIR HANDS. THEY WERE QUITE PLEASED TO OBLIGE AND THE ENTIRE ORCHESTRA STOOD UP, CLAPPED AND SANG THEIR “LA-LA-LA” BITS UNDER PAUL’S CLOSE SUPERVISION.

So “Hey Jude” was finished that night at the end of a highly spectacular session. […]

Mal Evans
From Facebook – 1 August 1968 Photo by Tony Bramwell © (http://www.thebeatles.com/)
From Facebook – 1 August 1968 Photo by Tony Bramwell © (http://www.thebeatles.com/)

Last updated on July 4, 2021

Songs recorded


1.

Hey Jude

Written by Lennon - McCartney

Recording • SI onto take 1

Staff

Production staff

George Martin:
Producer
Barry Sheffield:
Engineer

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