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Rare Online Music Video: The Beatles shoot a promotional film for “Hey Jude”, 1968

Updated: Jun 23, 2018

When the Beatles “Hey Jude” was released in 1968 it topped the music charts world wide in spite of a running time over 7 minutes. It topped the charts in the U.S. for 9 weeks and became the Fab Fours longest-running #1 on the U.S. singles charts. Paul McCartney wrote the song as a way to comfort Julian Lennon, then a young child struggling with the divorce of his parents John and Cynthia Lennon.


About a week after “Hey Jude” went on sale in America, The Beatles recorded ‘a promotional film’ for the song. Fans and locals were recruited to become the audience need for the filming of the song’s finale.

This unique and rare video features the not only the making of the “Hey Jude” promotional film and but also some tom foolery from Paul, John, George and Ringo and TV show host David Frost. Equally rare among YouTube videos is the description provided by the YouTube channel owner which covers facts on production and airing of this gem. Enjoy!


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