The Bea­tles’ ‘Jewish’ song

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

SIR Paul McCart­ney has re­vealed how the Bea­tles clas­sic, Hey Jude, fa­mously pre­miered on a Lon­don rooftop, al­most got him into trou­ble.

While he had orig­i­nally thought of call­ing it Hey Jules af­ter John Len­non’s son Ju­lian. he had al­ways liked the name Jude. But he re­called in a Youtube video about some of his iconic songs posted this week, “I didn’t re­alise it meant Jewish.”

When the band put a flier for the song in the win­dow of the fash­ion store they owned, “I got a fu­ri­ous phone call from a guy called Mr Leon who was Jewish”.

The irate caller went into the ori­gins of the term Ju­den­raus! in the Nazi era and threat­ened, “I’m go­ing to send round my son to beat you up.”

The be­mused Bea­tle fi­nally man­aged to per­suade him Jude had noth­ing to do with his­tory and was “just a name in a song — it’s all cool”. Hey Jude got played and, hap­pily, Sir Paul did not get beaten up.

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