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Hey Jude

Song by The Beatles

"Hey Jude" is a song by the English rock band The Beatles. Credited to Lennon/McCartney, the ballad evolved from "Hey Jules", a song Paul McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon's son Julian during his parents' divorce. "Hey Jude" begins with a verse-bridge structure based around McCartney's vocal performance and piano accompaniment; further details are added as the song progresses to distinguish sections.

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  • The Comedy Hour with "Hey Jude," shown as the second program of the third season, drew a 25.1 Nielsen rating and a 37 percent share of the viewing audience—big enough to edge out Bonanza as the number-one show in the time slot. It was only the fourth time that the Smothers Brothers had beaten a first-run episode of the NBC Western, and it would be the last. At the time, the Smothers Brothers were riding at a creative and popular high, presenting ambitious, entertaining shows and delivering audiences that were very profitable for CBS. Had the relationship between the show and the network been less antagonistic, the show could have continued and flourished for years. Instead, at the same time Tom and Dick were delivering attention-getting exclusives like the Beatles, they were fighting—and losing—battles to present other things. Tom's on-air intro to the second Beatles video said it all, and said it plainly:

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