“Blue Jay Way” is the name of a George Harrison written song from The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album. Harrison wrote this song on August 1, 1967 in a house he had rented in Los Angeles on a street named Blue Jay Way.
Harrison was waiting for The Beatles press officer Derek Taylor at his rental house in the “Bird Streets” section of the Hollywood Hills when he came up with the song:
“There’s a fog upon L.A. / And my friends have lost their way”.
According to Harrison:
“Derek Taylor got held up. He rang to say he’d be late. I told him on the phone that the house was in Blue Jay Way. And he said he could find it OK… he could always ask a cop. So I waited and waited. I felt really knackered with the flight, but I didn’t want to go to sleep until he came. There was a fog and it got later and later. To keep myself awake, just as a joke to pass the time while I waited, I wrote a song about waiting for him in Blue Jay Way. There was a little Hammond organ in the corner of this house which I hadn’t noticed until then… so I messed around on it and the song came”
Here is a photo of the actual Hammond Organ that was in the house.
The house is located high in the Hollywood Hills overlooking Sunset Boulevard, which affords panoramic views of Hollywood and much of the Los Angeles Basin. This is the view from the backyard of the “Blue Jay Way” house.
The house Harrison stayed at is this one that recently sold for $4.6 million dollars. The address is 1567 Blue Jay Way, Hollywood Hills, California. Here is the listing…
The City of Los Angeles eventually had to spray paint “Blue Jay Way” on the curb as a result of the street sign having been stolen so many times.
Sadly in 2001, George Harrison again made history in Los Angeles when he passed away in the Southern California home of his bandmate Paul McCartney. Click below to read the story…