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Hey Jude
by The Beatles
The very first song I post in the canon of the Swinging Sixties turns out to be (spiritually) one of the last in the true sense of the phrase. By the time of this record release, the happy optimistic attitude of the Swingers was giving way to doubt, cynicism and upheaval. For instance 'The Beatles', in this final period of their existence, were not a happy conglomerate - reasons included creativity differences, romantic side-issues, a lack of Epstein-like guruism and, of course, financial.

'The Beatles':
:: John grew up near a place called Strawberry Fields in Liverpool. ...
:: "Michelle" was inspired by Paul's favourite technique for picking up girls at parties (sitting in a corner with his guitar, and singing in made-up French to see if he could draw over any of the Juliette Greco-type women ... it didn't work). ...
:: Ringo's real name is Richard Starkey. ...
:: The original practice title of the song "Yesterday" was "Scrambled Eggs". ...
:: The BBC banned "I Am the Walrus".

In #1968 :
:: Politics: Violence erupted between Vietnam War protesters and police at a Democratic National Convention in Chicago. ...
:: The Big Movies included "Funny Girl", "2001: A Space Odyssey" and "The Love Bug". ...
:: Minimum US Wage in 1968: $1.60 per hour. (UK Average Wage: £28 -£29 per week.) ...
:: The World Population was - 3,526,000,000. ...
:: 'The Beatles' released the "White Album" - to very mixed reviews. However, modern critics have since marked the album as one of the best ever created, and it remains popular today.

UK: No. 1 - US: No. 1
1968 - Apple Records - United Kingdom - Blocked in 180 countries
Posted: 29th May 2019
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For a few years in the 1960s, London was the world capital of cool, reflecting all things hip and fashionable which had been growing in the popular British imagination throughout the decade. Music was also a huge part of London's swing - Liverpool had 'The Beatles' and the London sound was a mix of bands like 'The Who', 'The Kinks', the 'Small Faces' and 'The Rolling Stones'. Hopefully, you'll catch a flavour of all this from my posts here.
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