Song facts: Revolution
The Beatles began recording John Lennon's Revolution on July 9th, 1968. They had earlier recorded a slower version which was released on the White Album and considered too slow for a single release; John worked on this day to speed the song up.
Although the sessions on July 9th were recorded, they were eventually scrapped and recording resumed the following day. The song was completed, with overdubs on July 13th 1968.
Paul McCartney and George Harrison were initially skeptical about releasing Revolution on a single, concerned about the Beatles being overtly political and inviting controversy. But everyone was happy with how the track turned out and it was released as the B-side of Hey Jude on August 26th, 1968. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.
- John Lennon – vocal, lead guitar, handclaps, scream
- Paul McCartney – bass guitar, Hammond organ, handclaps
- George Harrison – lead guitar, handclaps
- Ringo Starr – drums, handclaps
- Nicky Hopkins – electric piano
On September 4th 1968, the Beatles filmed promotional videos for Revolution and Hey Jude at Twickenham Film Studios, London; for Hey Jude they were accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 300 fans.
Michael Lindsay-Hogg was enlisted to direct the films, having worked with the Beatles previously on the Paperback Writer and Rain promo videos in 1966.