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The song has become a pop standard, with cover versions by dozens of artists, some of which have been minor hit singles. Edwards' song ranked at No. 38 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.
"Hey Jude" was released in August 1968 as the first single from the Beatles' record label Apple Records. More than seven minutes in length, it 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 for any Beatles single. "Hey Jude" tied the "all-time" record, at the time, for the longest run at the top of the US charts. The single has sold approximately eight million copies and is frequently included on professional critics' lists of the greatest songs of all time. In 2013, Billboard named it the 10th biggest song of all time.
Les Brown and His Band of Renown had been performing the song, but were unable to record it because of the 1942-44 musicians' strike. When the strike ended, the band, with Doris Day as vocalist, had a hit record with the song,
Day's first #1 hit, in 1945. The song's release coincided with the end of WWII in Europe and became the unofficial homecoming theme for many veterans. The recording was released by Columbia records. The record first reached the Billboard charts on March 29, 1945 and lasted 23 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1.
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