on May 14, 2019 | Last updated May 14, 2019
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Julian was the direct inspiration for three Beatles' songs: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" (1967), "Hey Jude" (1968), and "Good Night" (1968). At age five, his parents had divorced over John's infidelity with Japanese artist Yoko Ono, and McCartney wrote "Jude" to console him (originally titled "Hey Jules"). After a short absence in his life, his father John returned with a gift of a Les Paul guitar and encouraged his son's interest in music.
Julian recalled in 2010, "When I saw how he had given up music for a couple of years to look after Sean, that was hurtful. I thought, why didn't he do that for me? In retrospect, one looks back and sees what duress he was actually under at the time. When the Beatles hit, they hit as big as it got. He couldn't have stopped even if he'd wanted to; so you have to let go and say I get it, I understand."
Completed during a three-month long excursion at the Manoir de Valotte in Saint-Benin-d'Azy, France, "Valotte" was destined to be Julian's first single in the United States in September 1984, followed by "Too Late for Goodbyes".