Video: The Beatles rehearsing “Hey Jude” at Abbey Road in 1968

“Hey Jude” was released in August 1968 as the first single from the Beatles’ record label Apple Records. More than seven minutes in length, “Hey Jude” was, at the time, the longest single ever to top the British charts. It also spent nine weeks at number one in the United States—the longest run at the top of the American charts for a Beatles single—and tied the record for longest stay at number one (until the record was broken by Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life.”)

The Beatles recorded 25 takes of “Hey Jude” at Abbey Road Studios in two nights, 29 and 30 July 1968. These were mostly rehearsals, however, because they planned to record the master track at Trident Studios to utilise their eight-track recording machine (Abbey Road was still limited to four-tracks)

In 1996, Julian Lennon paid £25,000 for the recording notes to “Hey Jude” at an auction. Julian Lennon spent another £35,000 at the auction buying John Lennon memorabilia.