There is not much I can say about this week’s song that hasn’t already been said and if you don’t know it’s The Beatles singing Hey Jude then you have spent your whole life living in a cave. The recording is not everything it seems. The Beatles were supposed to be guests on Frost On Saturday but they didn’t go to him, he went to them. The song was recorded at Twickenham Film Studios and made to look as though it were record on the show. The Beatles arrived at the studios at 1.30pm and worked until early evening. The set, at the studio’s stage one, had been assembled over the previous three days.
Hey Jude featured Paul McCartney seated at an upright piano, John Lennon and George Harrison on a nearby podium with guitars, and Ringo Starr positioned on a drum riser behind them. A 36-piece orchestra was also assembled, the members wearing white tuxedos, and 300 extras were brought in for the finale. The latter had been recruited after 20 students handed out leaflets in the area, and The Beatles’ assistant Mal Evans invited a number of fans from outside EMI Studios.
The Hey Jude film had its world premiere on 8th September 1968 on Frost On Saturday. To make it seem as though The Beatles were on the programme, David Frost visited Twickenham on this day to record an introduction. He does waffle on a bit so this has been edited out here…
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