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“Hey, Jude”: A Song That Sprang From Depression and Divorce

By M Dee Dubroff     Jul 31, 2007 in Entertainment
Did you know that the original title of this famous song was actually “Hey, Jules,” and was written to help Julian Lennon cheer up about his parents’ breakup? Read on for a little known story about a legendary group of English rock and rollers.
When the Beatles erupted onto the musical world in the early 1960s, they were seen as eligible bachelors by millions of adoring fans. One of the best-kept secrets was the fact that John Lennon was indeed married to a woman named Cynthia Twist, whom he had met at the Liverpool College of Art in the late 1950s.
John and Cynthia Lennon had a son, John Charles Julian Lennon, who was born on April 8, 1963. They would manage to keep the secret of both their union and their child for another year, at which point disappointed fans discovered that one of “the adored”, had dared to desert them and gotten married.
In 1968, the Lennon marriage was shattered by Lennon’s adulterous affair with Yoko Ono. Son, Julian, took his parents’ separation very hard and family friend, Paul McCartney, wrote the tune, “Hey, Jules” to cheer him up. The title changed because of McCarthy’s fondness for a character named “Jud” in the stage musical, “Oklahoma.”
An early version of the song’s lyrics, written in a notebook belonging to Beatle aide Mel Evans, sold for £110,000 pounds (about $219,000 US dollars) at a Sotheby’s auction. In April of 2002, McCartney blocked a Christie’s auction of his original handwritten lyrics, all 19 lines of which were on a torn out sheet of notebook paper. McCartney claimed that the paper had disappeared mysteriously from his house, but the seller swore he purchased it at the Portobello market some 30 years before.
Go figure.
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