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Hey Jude / Revolution
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Hey Jude / Revolution

First released: 1968, August 26

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A red-letter day in the Beatles' career; the first release bearing the group's own Apple label (even if it was only make believe, the rights and catalogue number staying with the Parlophone series). Issued simultaneously with Hey Jude was Apple Records' first real release, Mary Hopkin's 'Those Were The Days' - an enormous worldwide success, produced by Paul McCartney. Seven days later - on 6 September - Apple issued two more singles, Jackie Lomax's 'Sour Milk Sea', written and produced by George Harrison, and 'Thingumybob' by the Black Dyke Mills Band, written and produced by Paul McCartney. A hectic time was guaranteed for all...

Hey Jude was more than just the Beatles' longest single, it was also one of their most compelling and commercially successful, selling in excess of eight million copies worldwide and topoing the Billboard chart in the USA for nine straight weeks, from 28 september to 23 November.

- Mark Lewishon "The Beatles Recording Sessions"