For the first time, Julian Lennon has recorded a Beatles song. Julian has recorded his 30-second version of the Beatles' classic When I'm 64. The disturbing thing about this is that he recorded the tune to appear in an ad for Allstate Insurance. Although he has been unavailable for comment, Sir Paul cannot be too pleased with this news. In the past, both he and Ringo Starr have made it clear that they do not want to have Beatles music used for advertising purposes. They even issued a joint statement that read: "We are not in the business of singing jingles. We do not peddle sneakers, pantyhose or anything else." Further, Sir Paul has stated that he does not condone Michael Jackson's role in selling the rights to Beatles songs so that they can be used in advertisements. Sir Paul has said, "What Michael is doing cheapens songs which mean a lot not only to me but to a generation of Beatles fans. I thought Revolution was a serious song with a serious meaning. Not a jingle to sell sneakers." Sadly, this week Allstate Insurance is boasting that it is one of only handful of companies to have ever gained the rights to use a Beatles song for commercial purposes. And the son of John Lennon will be singing it!
It doesn't seem that Sir Paul will be given the opportunity to stop this practice by purchasing the rights to his Beatles tunes. Reports have been circulating that Michael Jackson was in financial trouble and had plans to sell the rights to these works to cover some of his personal expenses. He has now denied this saying, "I want to clarify a silly rumor. The Beatles catalogue is not for sale, has not been for sale and will never be for sale."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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