Together John Lennon and Paul McCartney had one of the most iconic and influential songwriting partnerships in the history of music. But of all Paul’s songs written for The Beatles, which was John’s favourite? Well back in 1972, John revealed it was none other than Hey Jude.
Spotted by Far Out Magazine, Lennon told Hit Parader: “That’s his best song. It started off as a song about my son Julian because Paul was going to see him. Then he turned it into ‘Hey Jude’.
“I always thought it was about me and Yoko but he said it was about him and his.”
While John told Playboy in 1980: “He said it was written about Julian.
“He knew I was splitting with Cyn and leaving Julian then.
“He was driving to see Julian to say hello.
“He had been like an uncle.” John added: “And he came up with ‘Hey Jude.’ But I always heard it as a song to me.”
Hey Jude was released as a single in 1968 by The Beatles, while they recorded The White Album.
Julian Lennon discovered the lyrics were about him almost 20 years later.
While in 1996, he paid £25,000 at auction for the recording notes of Hey Jude.
John also once revealed his favourite Beatles album to be The White Album.
John made the reveal in a 1971 interview about the break up of the band a year earlier.
But his quotes didn’t see the light of day until they featured in a 1984 issue of Penthouse – four years after his murder.
John claimed Paul didn’t like The White Album as he “wanted it to be more a group thing, which really means more Paul. So he never liked that album.”
But John admitted it was his favourite of the 12, adding: “I always preferred it to all the other albums, including Pepper, because I thought the music was better.
“The Pepper myth is bigger, but the music on the White Album is far superior, I think.” In comparison, McCartney’s favourite was Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
In a 1991 interview, he said: “I’d pick Sgt. Pepper’s, meself, because I had a lot to do with it. It wasn’t entirely my idea but to get us away from being The Beatles I had this idea that we should pretend we’re this other group.”