Beatles-Cember: “Hello, Goodbye”

Posted: December 31, 2013 by Sam in Music
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I think this is an appropriate way to close out not only Beatles-Cember, but also the year itself. Hello 2014, Goodbye 2013.

“Hello, Goodbye” doesn’t really have much to do with anything except as an example of how Paul McCartney could compose a song. Coming off of a request from manager Brian Epstein about creating a song, McCartney had Epstein’s personal assistant, Alistair Taylor, say the opposite word of what Paul sang as he played his harmonium.

The song was featured on the Magical Mystery Tour album and was featured in the television film of the same name. Additionally, three promotional films were made for the song, all of them directed by Paul McCartney, which included the Beatles performing the song in their Sgt. Pepper uniforms as well as the last time the group wore the grey Mersey suits that had been associated with them since they’d become a household name.

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