Hey Bulldog

“Hey Bulldog” is a Beatles’ song which is on their 1968 soundtrack album, “Yellow Submarine”. It is also on their “Yellow Submarine Songtrack” album too

In Detail

Albums

Publisher: Northern Songs
Release Date: 13th January, 1969
Recorded: 11th February, 1968
Studio: EMI Studios, London
Genre: Psychedelic rock, pop rock, hard rock, acid rock
Track Duration: 3:14
Record Label: Apple
Songwriters: Lennon-McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

Performers

John Lennon: double-tracked vocal, piano, guitar, talking
Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, bass, tambourine, barks, talking
George Harrison: lead guitar
Ringo Starr: drums, also spoken word

Track Sources

Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine Songtrack

Hey Bulldog

Hey Bulldog is a Beatles' song which is on their 1968 album, Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine Album (1969)
Hey Bulldog is a Beatles' song which is on their album, Yellow Submarine Songtrack
Yellow Submarine Songtrack Album (1999)

Written mostly by John Lennon but given a helping hand off Paul McCartney in the studio, it’s one of the few Beatles’ songs based on a piano riff.

“I remember [Hey Bulldog] as being one of John’s songs and I helped him finish it off in the studio, but it’s mainly his vibe. There’s a little rap at the end between John and I, we went into a crazy little thing at the end. We always tried to make every song different because we figured, ‘Why write something like the last one? We’ve done that.’ We were on a ladder so there was never any sense of stepping down a rung, or even staying on the same rung, it was better to move one rung ahead”.

Paul McCartney

The original song title started out as “Hey Bullfrog” but this changed after Paul McCartney started to make some bark noises for no apparent reason. A few days earlier, McCartney played the drums on a Paul Jones song called “The Dog Presides”. That song included dogs barking so perhaps he was thinking about that at the time. Be that as it may, the title of the song changed mid-way through it with the consent of Lennon.

Recording Studio

The Beatles began recording “Hey Bulldog” on the 11th February, 1968, in Studio Three of the EMI Studios, London during the 4.00pm-2.00am session. They recorded 10 takes that day with the last of those being suitable for the master copy. They overdubbed, mixed and completed the song during the same session.

George Harrison was using a new fuzz box and his amp was full blast making his guitar scream. Then, as the song ends, the band members ad-lib thereby creating the crazy fade out.

On the soundtrack album, the song is the fourth track on side one, between “All Together Now” and “It’s All Too Much” while on the songtrack album it sits in second place in between “Yellow Submarine” and “Eleanor Rigby“.

“Hey Bulldog” features in a segment of the animated film “Yellow Submarine” from 1968.

Author: Bobby

I have been a Beatles fan since the early 1960s so I speak from my heart and soul. It was a pleasure to accept the role of Admin on The Beatles Forum when we left our old site. If you feel that something needs correcting with the information I provide, please contact me.

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