A British Jew claims that in 1968 he was still so traumatized by the Nazis in WWII that when he saw the advertisements for the Beatles new single “Hey Jude” in a shop window in London, he personally contacted Paul McCartney and threatened him with a physical beating:
In 1968, The Beatles put the title to their upcoming single, “Hey Jude,” on the front of their record label’s boutique store in London. The idea was to intrigue passersby before the release, Paul McCartney told GQ in a new interview.
However, the song’s name didn’t go over well with everyone. McCartney said a furious Jewish man called him up about the name (because this was the ’60s, when celebrities were apparently reachable by phone) and threatened to send his son over to beat the Beatle up.
The word “jude” (Jewish in German) conjured up bad memories in the post-Nazi era, and Jews in London had enough to deal with, the man fumed.
“I said ‘hey baby, let’s cool it down, nothing to do with that,’” McCartney said. “You’ll hear when you hear the record, it’s just a name in a song and it’s all cool.”
The man relented.
McCartney explains in the video that the song was originally titled “Hey Jules,” a reference to John Lennon’s son Julian. McCartney was feeling bad for young Julian at the time, just after Lennon had divorced his first wife Cynthia Powell.
But in the end, he just liked the name Jude better.
These days, McCartney sees the iconic tune, which he plays at every one of his concerts, as a way of bringing people together.
It’s clear that Jews suffer greatly from a high rate of mental illness, but they were this way long before WWII, so it would be short-sighted to blame the events at that time of this — or any — Jew’s anti-social behavior. When you find yourself threatening the guy who wrote “All You Need Is Love,” it’s time to check yourself into the nearest psychiatric center.
Ironically, Paul McCartney has spent most of his life with Jews and trying to please them. His wife, Linda McCartney, was jewish — as are his three children: Mary, Stella and James. His third wife, Nancy Shevell, is also jewish, and at one time McCartney announced that he was considering converting to Judaism because of her.
And The Beatles’ jewish manager, Allen Klein, robbed them blind to the tune of millions of dollars, prompting Paul to write “You Never Give Me Your Money”. If anyone knows how to handle Jews, it’s certainly Paul McCartney.