Helen Shapiro, "I Don't Care"

Fantastic song from 1962. What’s odd is she was Jewish and performing under her Jewish name. Jews in show biz have always changed their names to Gentile names, especially back then.
She’s such a cute little doll in this video, I almost fell in love with her. Then I went and read up on her and almost fell out of my chair. She was only 15 years old when she recorded this song. You’re looking at a 15 year old girl in this video.
She later became a Messianic Jew. Messianic Jews are still Jews, but they say that Jesus was the Jewish Messiah (he was of course) and they are following him. So they are not completely Christians either. Some call them Christian Jews.
This is not the same thing at all as a Jewish convert to Christianity. Jews don’t like Christian converts, but I believe they hold a particular contempt and rage for Messianic Jews. However, Messianic Jew are covered by the Law of Return and area allowed to make aliyah to Israel.
I can’t believe I missed out on this singer all these years.

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0 thoughts on “Helen Shapiro, "I Don't Care"”

  1. Wow, great performance. I’d never heard of her before either.
    On not changing her name, maybe it was different in England than in America? Also, she became famous when she was just 14-years-old.
    Wikipedia: “Aged ten, Shapiro was a singer with `Susie and the Hula Hoops,’ a school band which included Marc Bolan (then using his real name of Mark Feld) as guitarist.”

  2. Messianic Judaism wa started by evangelicals. Many of its members are non jewish.
    Archie Bunker pointed out that while jews often changed their last names to fit in, they always kept their conspicuously jewish first names. Examples cited were Izzy Watson, Ira Gershwin, Morris Smith…Mike Stivic tried to disprove this by mentioning Abraham Lincoln. And Edith blurted “I didn’t know Abraham Lincoln was jewish.”

  3. I am just now in the process of compiling “I Don’t Care” for YouTube.
    Hope you like the finished product. Regards.
    “Trevor J Grant” – YouTube.

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