On Aug. 26, 1968, Apple Corps released five single records, including The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”
It was the first Beatles’ single to bear the Apple design and would become their biggest hit. The song wouldn’t enter the US charts until September.
The B-side for “Hey Jude,” of course, was “Revolution” and featured Nicky Hopkins on piano.
Here’s a performance from BBC1’s “Top of the Pops.” The Beatles’ sang the vocals live to a pre-recorded instrumental track (so we get some of the vocal embellishments from the White Album’s version of the song as well).
- … and the band played on (Remembering one of the greatest psychedelic-soul songs of all time)
- Bubble Puppy fills the airwaves with hot smoke and sassafras
- Guess who my first rock concert was
- … on a cloudy day (The Temptations top the singles charts)
- “Revved up like a deuce” causes stir with American radio audiences in 1977