Woman of 'The Hours'
Yoko Ono has never been a member of the Paul McCartney Fan Club, but no one may be more eager than she to get a copy of his new CD.
According to record-business sources, McCartney wants to change the credit on several Beatles classics from "Lennon/McCartney" to "composed by Paul McCartney and John Lennon." The album, "Back in the U.S. Live 2002," features "Eleanor Rigby," "Let It Be" and "Hey Jude."
McCartney is said to have long resented seeing Lennon's name on some songs. Back when Capitol was assembling a collection of the Beatles' No. 1 hits, McCartney asked Ono if he could change the credit for "Yesterday."
Ono's spokesman, Elliot Mintz, recalls: "She said no, because that would violate the terms of Paul's original agreement with John."
But now, sources say, McCartney is pushing to get his way on his new album. A McCartney rep said he didn't know how the credits would read on the disk, which is due out Nov. 26.
The Beatles catalogue is owned by Sony ATV, the joint venture of Sony Music and Michael Jackson. One legal observer notes, "If Paul ignores the copyrighted credit, it's up to the owner of the song to take it up with him."
A Sony spokesman had no immediate comment on whether Sony ATV had authorized McCartney to switch the names.
But Mintz said, "For Paul to attempt to do this would be not only improper, but outrageous. John is not here to defend the authenticity of that agreement. It's up to Yoko to protect John's creative interests. She believes a deal's a deal."