We know concerning the Beatles’ Apple Records. It was actually were only available in 1968 by way of the Fab Four. And people early releases ought to be on Paul McCartney’s mind lately.
McCartney’s new single from his forthcoming “Egypt Station” album is recognized as, cheekily, “Fuh You.” There are actually gigantic billboards in certain locations, sponsored by Spotify, promoting the title.
But your entire “Fuh You” promotion harkens into 1969, whenever you couldn’t say similar items about the radio. (I’m confused it’s simple to, except on Spotify.)
The first singles on Apple were the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (number 1 for seven weeks Half a century ago) and Mary Hopkins’ “Those Were purchasing.” Badfinger would follow with “Come and become It,” as asll as James Taylor with his first album.
But it happens the record numbered 8 from the Apple Records box set (available for a track about the Apple greatest hits CD, on amazon.com) was called “The King of Fuh.” The record was credited with an artist named Brute Force. In general this was merely a nice Jewish kid from Jersey City called Stephen Friedland, who while in the 1960s became a person in The Tokens, the target audience that sang “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” In 1968 he confected a novelty pop song called “King of Fuh” (lyrics includes: “There seemed to be a beautiful land called Fuh. Also in this land there’s a king. And everybody called him the Fuh King”!!!)
Our friend and Beatles scholar Martin Lewis says:
“George Harrison heard the song courtesy of Nat Weiss – the usa attorney to your then recently-deceased Beatles manager Brian Epstein. George immediately loved it and licensed the song for release on Apple. By Beatles protocol, this not surprisingly required the agreement of most four Beatles. John and George were both enthused fans in the song and Paul and Ringo also gave the release their blessing.
Alas Apple’s UK & US distributors (EMI and Capitol respectively) both point-blank refused to flow the record because the references to “Fuh-King”. Some thousand copies were covertly pressed with the Beatles and offered to pals from the band in addition to their legendary publicist Derek Taylor. While the record was. The King of Fuh was no more…”
And, as noted, it’s now easily accessible via amazon plus the Apple Records’ compilations.