August 26 – Hey Jude/Revolution

The Beatles – Single:  Hey Jude/Revolution

Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of yet another of those incredible non-album Beatles singles, Hey Jude b/w Revolution.  So much was happening at this time (when wasn’t this the case with the Beatles?):  They were still a couple of months away from completing what would come to be known as the White Album.  They were up to their ears with Apple business and searching for direction after the death of manager Brian Epstein the summer before.  They had been burned by critics (and perhaps by their own hubris) with the ill-fated Magical Mystery Tour film.  Personal and artistic differences among them were beginning to come to a head.  But they were the Fab Four, so they just kept moving.  And look what they gave us…

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-Stephen