Thursday, August 26, 2010
Hey Jude is by far the most famous song ever released on this date, and it was The Beatles' biggest hit as well, at least according to Wikipedia*; Paul McCartney wrote it to soothe Julian Lennon, whose father John and mother Cynthia Powell were divorcing owing to John's affair with Yoko Ono.
At more than seven minutes in length, Hey Jude is also the longest number one single in history; it spent a total of 16 weeks on the UK charts in 1968, but was removed from the top spot after two weeks by Mary Hopkin's Those Were the Days, which had been produced by Paul McCartney.
*Meaning that instead of being released on August 26th it was probably released on April 16th, since the contributors to that unique website seem to struggle with such basic rudiments as the date; but I bitterly digress... I was just taking a break from struggling through Wackypedia trying to confirm dates for tomorrow's POPnews.
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