The Beatles’ handwritten lyrics of Hey Jude to be displayed in Liverpool

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15 Feb 2022, 10:19

Credit: The Beatles Story

Credit: The Beatles Story

 “It provides a fascinating insight into The Beatles’ creative process”.

Never before seen notes written by Sir Paul McCartney containing lyrics to Hey Jude are to be displayed in the band’s hometown for the first time.

The handwritten lyrics come from a notebook owned by the tour manager Mal Evans in 1967-1968.

Evans was a part-time bouncer at the infamous Cavern Club, where he was hired to serve as a bodyguard and roadie to The Beatles. He became a highly trusted member of the band’s team and stayed with them throughout their career.

Also going on display alongside ‘Hey Jude’ will be lyrics for ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, George Harrison’s recording notes for ‘All You Need Is Love’, and some doodles and poetry made by Sir Paul.

Specialist in Beatles memorabilia, Stephen Maycock, said the notebook provided a “fascinating insight” into how the band came up with songs and their “creative process.”

Speaking to the BBC, he said: “Mal’s notebook is a unique document, covering as it does such an important period in the career of the most important band in pop music history.

“It provides a fascinating insight into The Beatles’ creative process and shows just how close Mal was to that.”

The notebook will go on display at The Beatles Story in Liverpool from 22 February after it was purchased in an auction by a businessman from the city.

Fans will also get the chance to see other pieces of the band’s history, including notes for the songs ‘All Together Now’, ‘For The Benefit of Mr. Kite’ and ‘Good Morning Good Morning’.

 In other Beatles news, it was announced yesterday that the iconic rooftop concert footage from Peter Jackson’s documentary series ‘Get Back’ will be getting an extended run in cinemas, and fans can experience the set in IMAX.