A mighty big hit for the Beatles
, it went to #1 on both sides of the Atlantic. It spent a record number of weeks on top of America
, a record that was equaled by "Every Breath You Take" by The Police
. A classic.
1. When I was in military recruit training ("boot camp") I was assigned to Junior Officer Of the Deck (JOOD) watchstanding security duty. I wore a yellow armband on my left shirt sleeve that said "JOOD". Every hour I'd tour the building to ensure that all was "secure". I entered my company's barrack room and one of my fellow company mates was standing next to a bunk singing "Hey JOOD. Don't be afraid. Take a sad song and make it better. Remember...". When I got to a compartment on the third floor a recruit shouted, "Hey look, fellas! It's the JOOD!" The whole company broke into singing "Hey Jude" (Hey JOOD, get it?). When I was back on the Quarterdeck on the first floor, you could hear the singing continuing on: ... bettah, bettah, bettah, bettah, bettah, bettah, yeaaaaah! Da da da da-da-da-da, da-da-da-da, hey, Jude!...". Recruit training isn't much fun for anyone, but this was pretty amusing.
2. I saw Sir Paul McCartney on Saturday Night Live
on TV perform "Hey Jude". People in the audience screamed their heads off. One time when Paul was singing the vocals for this song in the studio (or maybe during a Beatles TV performance) he screamed so intensely he passed out. He didn't konk out when performing on SNL