He could go 6-0 next April, but in a very meaningful way Julian Lennon – John’s eldest son – is only 2 years old.
That’s because the singer-songwriter — who is actually John Charles Julian Lennon to the late Beatles legend and his first wife Cynthia Lennon — legally changed his name in 2020 Julian Charles John Lennon.
Lennon, 59, told The Washington Post: “I always had issues with that because I’ve always been called Julian — first and foremost my mom. [being named John] at airport security. People would look at my passport, maybe not recognize me, and say, “John Lennon — ha, ha, that’s funny.” After 30 or 40 years of dealing with the public…I just go ‘You know what? I want to be Julian, and for F, I want to be myself. “
It was the man, officially named Julian, who released “Jude” on Friday — his first album in 11 years. Thirty-seven years after Lennon had top 10 hits with his first two US singles, the LP arrives: “Vallot” the title track from his 1984 debut album, and “It’s too late to see you again.”
If “Jude”‘s album title catches the attention of Beatles fanatics, yes, it really is a reference “Hey Jude,” 1st hit by the Fab Four in 1968. Paul McCartney originally wrote the song “Hey Jules” – a reference to Julian’s nickname – to comfort John Lennon’s young son after his father left his mother for Yoko Ono. To this day, the sweetest serenade to “make it better” for a little boy stirs mixed feelings among the Beatles’ descendants.
“I was too young to understand what it represented,” Lennon said. “Obviously it’s a wonderful thing to write a song about you, especially out of caring. But I don’t think a lot of the public ever realize…it reminds me of a very dark time because, you know, That’s when Dad walks out of the house. That’s when he leaves Mom and I, and I care more about Mom’s happiness and well-being than myself.”
McCartney himself gave a FaceTime thumbs up to “Jude” as the title of the album, which depicts a young Lennon looking brooding on its cover. “I have a lot of respect and love for Paul and I couldn’t be more grateful for him,” Lennon said.
Like the rest of the world, Lennon saw the intimate inner workings between his fathers McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr when the exhaustive documentary “The Return” was released last fall, depicting the Beatles. On the brink of the breakup of the biggest band in history. After he was initially reluctant to watch the film in public, his 46-year-old half-brother Sean Lennon (whose mother is Ono) persuaded him to go for the premiere.
“I said, ‘Okay, let’s go together. We’re going to go hand in hand and be siblings,’” said Lennon, who felt more connected to his father while watching the documentary. “He reminds me of when we used to hang out a lot, you know, when I was a kid. He was obviously very stupid, very cynical, a smart donkey, witty…I have to say I Falling in love with it again because he was there before I remember him walking out the door.
Lennon pays touching tribute to his father He reported on “Imagine” A special exception was made for a worthy cause in April’s Global Citizens Stand Up for Ukraine campaign. “I have no intention of re-recording or singing the Beatles or Dad’s songs,” he said. “I’ve always felt like they did a great job the first time around.”
The Monaco artist kept his father’s utopian vision alive in Jude. “I’m mad at the situation,” Lennon said, “but I try to look at all the work I do in a more positive light.”
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