Sir Paul McCartney has announced he is to release a new updated version of The Beatles 1968 classic 'Hey Jude'. Sir Paul, who performed Hey Jude during his recent live London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony gig on 27 July impressed himself so much that he feels his millions of adoring fans around the world should not be denied the opportunity of buying a new 2012 version of the song.
"If anything my singing voice today is even better than it was back in the sixties," says Paul, "and of course many of those old '68 vinyl copies of Hey Jude people have are bound to have a few scratches on them now. What they want to hear is my brilliant voice without those scratches. In fact I'm sure many of those thousands of young fans who came to see me perform on 27 July hadn't been expecting to hear the silky smooth voice I gave them. They'd probably thought I'd have a scratchy voice like they'd heard on their granny's old Beatles records."
Sir Paul also revealed a secret about the original version of Hey Jude.
"The various la-la sections of that original Hey Jude we released back in '68 wasn't what I'd wanted," he says, "I'd wanted the catchy bits to go do-do-de dodedoda, dodedoda, Heyee Jude, not la-la-la lalalala, lalalala, Heyee Jude, but when I came to sing it to John down the phone he said it sounded silly and that people would call us a bunch of twirps if they heard us singing lots of dodedodas on a Beatles record.'
'Anyway, after singing lots of alternatives down the phone to John for a few hours I finally came up with the lalalalas. John said it would have to do because he wasn't going to spend all night listening to me singing any more soppy noises down the phone to him. So we went with the lalalalas. I'm sure John was wrong on that occasion though. Do-do-de, dodedoda doesn't sound silly to me at all, so with this new version I'm going to go back to my first choice and use the do-do-de, dodedodas."
The new Paul McCartney do-do-de, dodedoda, dodedoda version of Hey Jude should be on sale in the shops on CD by around the beginning of September.