Beatles' hit Hey Jude is now 50 years old.
If the legendary music producer Sir George Martin had his way, the Beatles' most successful hit single would never had been released, at least as a single.
When Paul McCartney first played the song to George Martin it was over seven minutes in duration. Martin said radio stations wouldn't play it as it was too long.
John Lennon's reply to that: "They will if it's us."
And sure, enough they did.
Hey Jude became the band's most successful single. It topped the charts around the world, staying at No 1 in the US for nine weeks and selling over five million copies.
Source: Brian Kelly/nzherald.co.nz