Music Memories – This Week – Hey Jude

The one thing I love about music is that everyone has their own story to tell – the musician, the lyrics, the way the fans decipher them and also the way a song can also create a memory or a meaning to someone. That is what this new article is all about. Each fortnight, we will take a look at a different song and I will take you as a trip down memory lane as to what it means to me. Welcome to Music Memories.

Track: Hey Jude
Artist: The Beatles
Original Release Date: 26th August 1968

I am not really a person that goes out of their way to listen to the songs of The Beatles however there are a few songs that I like. Again it is songs that if they come on I will listen to but I will not go out of my way to find them. I may not be a Beatles fan but I appreciate what they have done for music and today this track also is attached to a memory from 2011.

I was working at an international Summer Camp in Bournemouth as an activity leader, the season had ended and we still had time to do stuff between us friends before University started again. There were four of us that were about and we would do everything fro going to the beach, road trips to Thorpe Park, basically we spent a lot of time together. One of the events that we created was a BBQ at one of our houses.

The BBQ was great fun and it ended with us all sitting around the living room fire place with a guitar and a sing song, Ob of the songs that I remember singing is Hey Jude by The Beatles.

It is such a lovely memory and sort of concluded what a great summer it was ad sort of lead to a great ending for us all. It brings back warm memories and it was a lot of fun as well.

Facts About Hey Jude

  • It was written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership.
  • The ballad evolved from “Hey Jules”, a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon’s young son Julian, after Lennon had left his wife for the Japanese artist Yoko Ono.
  • The single was a highly successful debut for Apple Records,a result that contrasted with the public embarrassment the band faced after the recent closure of their short-lived retail venture, Apple Boutique.
  • “Hey Jude” was nominated for the Grammy Awards of 1969 in the categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, but failed to win any of them
  • McCartney also sang the song in the closing moments of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics hosted in London. On 4 August 2012, McCartney led the crowd in a rendition of “Hey Jude” while watching cycling at the velodrome

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