Beatles begin recording one their greatest songs "Hey Jude."

posted by Andy Preston - 

7/31/1968: The Beatles laid down the basic tracks for Hey Jude topped the charts in Britain for two weeks and for 9 weeks in America, where it became The Beatles longest-running No.1 in the US singles chart as well as the single with the longest running time. The Beatles did not immediately record their promotional film until a week after Hey Jude went on sale in The USA. Back at Twickenham Film Studio, with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg who had worked with them on Paperback Writer and Rain. To help with the filming, an audience of around 300 local people, as well as some of the fans that gathered regularly outside Abbey Road Studios were brought in for the song’s finale. The video first aired on David Frost’s Frost On Sunday show, a fewt days after it was filmed. That broadcast was in black and white though the promo was originally shot in color. It first aired in America a month later on 6 October 1968, on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.     Andy

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