Lovely Linda With the Lovely Flowers in Her Hair” Sir Paul McCartney’s first wife, born Linda Eastman, grew up in Scarsdale and came from a prominent Jewish family.                

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Lovely Linda With the Lovely Flowers in Her  Hair” Sir Paul McCartney’s first wife, born Linda Eastman, grew up in  Scarsdale and came from a prominent Jewish family.


By Seth Rogovoy

Published November 04, 2013, issue of November  08, 2013.


Sir Paul McCartney recently released “New,” his first album of original rock songs since 2007’s “Memory  Almost Full.” Given the 71-year-old McCartney’s love affair with all things  Jewish for the past half-century — including collaborators, business associates,  girlfriends and wives — the title could well be meant as a transliteration of  the all-purpose Jewish word nu.

The nu — I mean, new — album, full of Beatlesque confections in a  panoply of styles — is co-produced by Mark Ronson, one of the hottest producers  in popular music for the last decade or so, and the scion of a prominent  English-Jewish family (the name was originally Aaronson). Ronson got the  McCartney gig after DJing his 2011 wedding to Nancy Shevell, which took place on  the day after Yom Kippur.

Over the holiday, the bride and groom attended services at the Liberal Jewish  Synagogue in St. John’s Wood, near McCartney’s home and close to Abbey Road  Studios, where the Beatles recorded most of their songs. Reports from the time  of the wedding suggested that McCartney was considering a Jewish conversion in  deference to his newlywed, but that apparently hasn’t happened — yet.

But Shevell is not the first Jewish Lady McCartney; that honor belonged to  McCartney’s first wife, Linda Eastman. Born in New  York City and raised in Scarsdale, N.Y., Linda Eastman was the daughter of Lee  Eastman — the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, born Leopold Vail Epstein — and  Louise Sara Lindner.

When Linda Eastman and McCartney’s daughter, Stella McCartney, became a  fashion designer, she followed family footsteps into the rag trade; her maternal  grandfather, Max J. Lindner, was founder of the Lindner Company, the largest  women’s clothing store in Cleveland, Ohio. Lindner was a member of the most  prominent Reform temple in Cleveland and president of its Men’s Club; active in  the Jewish Welfare Fund and in the Jewish country club; and a major  philanthropic force in Cleveland’s Jewish community.

McCartney married Linda Eastman in 1969, and the two famously stayed together  as one of rock music’s most stable, loving couples until Eastman’s death in 1998  due to complications from breast cancer. They made music together: first, on the  album “Ram,” the cover of which pictures McCartney grasping two ram’s horns, and  subsequently, in McCartney’s post-Beatles group, Wings.

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