Song facts: Blue Jay Way

On September 6th 1967, The Beatles recorded Blue Jay Way, a new song by George Harrison. Blue Jay Way was used for a segment in the Magical Mystery Tour film and appears as track number four on the album of the same name.

The song derives its name from a street in the Hollywood Hills. George Harrison was renting a house there with Pattie Boyd in August 1967. One night while waiting for Beatles press officer Derek Taylor to arrive amid the fog upon LA, Harrison was inspired to begin writing Blue Jay Way on a Hammond organ. By by the time his friends arrived the song was complete.

"Derek Taylor got held up. He rang to say he'd be late. I told him on the phone that the house was in Blue Jay Way. And he said he could find it OK... he could always ask a cop. So I waited and waited. I felt really knackered with the flight, but I didn't want to go to sleep until he came. There was a fog and it got later and later. To keep myself awake, just as a joke to pass the time while I waited, I wrote a song about waiting for him in Blue Jay Way. There was a little Hammond organ in the corner of this house which I hadn't noticed until then... so I messed around on it and the song came." - George Harrison

Personnel

  • George Harrison – lead vocals, Hammond organ, backing vocal
  • John Lennon – backing vocal
  • Paul McCartney – backing vocal, bass
  • Ringo Starr – drums, tambourine
George Harrison filming Blue Jay Way for Magical Mystery Tour, 1967. 

George Harrison filming Blue Jay Way for Magical Mystery Tour, 1967. 

George Harrison on the set of Magical Mystery Tour, 1967. 

George Harrison on the set of Magical Mystery Tour, 1967. 

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