The Beatles – Blue Jay Way

Current photo of the house that George Harrison rented on Blue Jay Way, Los Angeles, California

George Harrison’s House on Blue Jay Way, Los Angeles, California

George Harrison’s house (1967), 1567 Blue Jay Way, Los Angeles, CA.

Beatle, George Harrison, rented this house at 1567 Blue Jay Way in the Hollywood Hills in 1967, which provided inspiration for the 1967 song “Blue Jay Way” on The Beatles 1967 release Magical Mystery Tour.

Located high in the hills, the home had panoramic views of Hollywood and Los Angeles. The winding road, Blue Jay Way, leading up to the house was notoriously difficult to navigate on foggy nights. On August 1, 1967, Beatles press officer Derek Taylor was on his way to visit Harrison at the house. According to Harrison, 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” – which inspired the opening line… “There’s a fog upon L.A., and my friends have lost their way.”

Blue Jay Way street sign, Los Angeles, California.

The street that inspired the Beatles’ “Blue Jay Way.”

 

Map showing the location of George Harrison's former house on Blue Jay Way, Los Angeles, CA.

Map showing the location of George Harrison’s former house on Blue Jay Way, Los Angeles, CA.