1970 was (and is) one of my top 5 years for music and The Beatles played a huge part. For our Beatles blog today let's celebrate Hey Jude being released on this day in 1970. As far as compilations go, I think it rates as one of the best. It's one of the few albums I actually remember buying, mainly because I had to ride my bike to Sears to get it ... in Detroit ... in February. Then again, after "Abbey Road", I would have crawled to Sears to get anything Beatles related.
Hey Jude was the first Beatles album to include "Hey Jude" which was released as a single in 1968. It also included "Revolution", "Rain" and 'Lady Madonna" in stereo which was like hearing them new all over again.
If you happen to have the original vinyl, check the album spine. Before they decided on "Hey Jude" as the album title a few early copies were released as "The Beatles Again". The front and back album cover also featured the last ever Beatles photo session which took place in August, 1969.
The album made it to number 2 on the Billboard 200. If you weren't one of the cornerstones of Classic Rock in 1970, you didn't stand a chance at a number one album. Here's the number one albums of 1970:
"Abbey Road", "Led Zeppelin II", Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Deja Vu", "Abraxas", "McCartney", "Let it Be", "Cosmo's Factory", "Led Zeppelin III" and "Blood, Sweat & Tears". That's one of those "If You Were Stranded On a Deserted Island" lists.
With "Abbey Road", "McCartney" and "Let it Be" topping the album charts and "Hey Jude" coming in a close second, 1970 was the best of times and the worst of times for Beatles fans. On April 10th Paul announced that it was the end of the road. In retrospect, it was a fitting way to go out.