Hey Jude • Beatles US single

USA vinyl single Hey Jude b/w Revolution

‘Hey Jude’ USA single – front cover
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  • Label: Apple 2276 MONO
  • Released: 26th August 1968
  • Sales figures: after 2 months – just under 3 million; after 5 months – 3¾ million; to date – between 4 and 5 million; Certified Gold – 13th September 1968; Certified Platinum – 17th February 1999
  • Peak position for ‘Hey Jude’:
    Billboard – #1;
    Cashbox – #1;
    Record World – #1
  • Weeks at No.1: 9 – from 28th September 1968
  • Weeks in chart: 19 – from 14th September 1968
  • Peak position for ‘Revolution’:
    Billboard – #12;
    Cashbox – #11;
    Record World – #2
  • Weeks in chart: 11 – from 14th September 1968

This was the first single to be released on their new Apple label, and set a record-breaking run of nine weeks at the top of the charts. It also became the longest-ever song to make it to the top (at 7:11).

US radio was adverse to playing anything longer than three minutes so Capitol had to press up a special edit for radio play.

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USA CD single (Re-release) Hey Jude b/w Revolution

‘Hey Jude’ USA single – CD box front
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‘Hey Jude’ USA single – CD box back
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  • Label: C3 44319 2
  • Released: 16th August 1989

At the end of the 1980s Capitol decided to issue all of The Beatles’ British singles in CD format, in an unusual long box design.

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USA CD single (Re-release) Hey Jude b/w Revolution

‘Hey Jude’ USA single – CD front cover
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‘Hey Jude’ USA single – back cover
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  • Label: CD 15921
  • Released: 10th November 1992

This was issued as part of ‘The Single Collection’ CD box-set.

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