Washington, DC, February 11, 1964
any of you have any formal musical training?
Question: What do you think of President Johnson?
Does he buy our records?
Question: What do you think of American
girls and American audiences?
Here I am, surrounded by the Beatles, and I don't feel a thing. Fellas, how does
it feel to be in the United States?
John: It's great.
What do you like best about our country?
Question: I'll take that under advisement. Do you have any plans
to meet the Johnson girls?
John: No. We heard they didn't like our
Question: Are they coming to your performance
Paul: If they do, we'd really like to meet
Question: You and the snow came to Washington today. Which do
you think will have the greater impact?
John: The snow will probably
Question: One final question. Have you ever heard of
John: NBC News, is he? Yeah, we
Question: Thanks, fellas. By the way, it's CBS
George: I know, but I didn't want to say it as we're now on
Question: This is NBC, believe it or not.
Question: No, I'm Ed.
John: What's going on
Question: What do you think of your reception in America
John: It's been great.
Question: What struck you the
Ringo: We already did that joke when we
first came in.
George: Well, we're doing it again,
Question: Why do you think you're so popular?
It must be the weather.
Question: Do you think it's your
Paul: I doubt it. We don't know which it could
Question: Where'd you get the idea for the
John: Where'd you get the idea for yours?
enjoyed wearing our hair this way, so it's developed this
Question: Well you save on haircutting at least.
John: I think it costs more to keep it short than long,
Paul: Yeah, we're saving our money.
you still number one in Europe?
George: We're number one in
Question: Where else are you number one then?
Australia, Denmard, and Finland.
Question: And you haven't any
Ringo: We just lay down and do it.
John: In Hong
Kong and these other places, suddenly you're number one years after putting out
your records. Even here, we're got records we've probably
Question: You call your records "funny
John: "Funny," yeah, the ones we've forgotten.
It's unusual because they've been out in England for over a year. Like
"Please, Please Me" is a big hit over here now, but it's over a year
Question: Do you think they're musical?
they're musical because it's music, isn't it! We make music. Instruments play
music. It's a record.
Question: What do you call it, rock and
Paul: We try not to define our music because we get so many
wrong classifications off it. We call it music even if you
Question: With a question mark?
John: We leave that to the critics.
that's it. Have a good time in America.
John: Thank you. Keep buying
them records and look after yourself.
New York, February 12, 1964
Question: John, is
the reaction to the group the same here as in England?
John: I find
it's very similar, only over here they go wilder quicker,
Question: Will you sing a song for us?
Sorry, we need money first.
Question: How much money do you expect to
John: About half a crown. Depends on the tax. How much have
Question: Some of your detractors allege that you are bald
and those haircuts are wigs. Is that true?
John: Oh, we're all bald.
Yeah. And deaf and dumb too.
Question: What is the Beatle
John: Well, as far as we are concerned, there's no such thing
as a Liverpool or even a Beatles sound. It's just a name that people tag
Question: One of your hits is "Roll Over Beethover." What do you
think of Beethoven as a composer?
Ringo: He's great. Especially his
Question: Are these your real names?
Paul: Yeah, except
Ringo. His name's Richard Starkey. He's called Ringo because of his rings, you
know. And Starr, he didn't like Starkey.
Question: Do all the Beatles
John: Paul and I do most of the writing. George has
written a few. Ringo hasn't, because it's hard to write something on the drums,
Question: How do you account for your
Paul: We wish we knew.
John: Good press
Question: Why do millions of Beatles fans buy millions of
John: If we knew, we'd form another group and become
Question: What do you think of American girls compared
to British girls?
Paul: The accents are different, of course. In films
American women always seem to be bossing the men, being superior in business and
things. But from what I've seen, they're not. They're very similar to British
women, just ordinary people, very nice.
Question: Where did the name
"Beatle" come from?
George: We were just racking our brains and John
came up with the name Beatle. It was good because it was the insect and it was
also a pun, you know, "beat," on the beat. We liked the name and we kept
Question: Have you been influenced by any one American
George: In the early days, it was Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins,
Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and Buddy Holly. But there's no one we tried to
Question: Why do you wear your hair in such an unusual
George: Well, I went to the swimming baths and when I came out
my hair dried and it was just all forward like a mop. I left it like that. When
Ringo joined the group we got him to get his hair like this because by then
people were calling it the Beatle cut.
Question: Do you contemplate
becoming permanent residents of the US?
George: I love the States, but
if we came to live over here everybodymwould go mad. It's like Elvis, if he went
to, say, Australia and then suddenly decided to live there. What would all the
American people think?
Question: Paul, what are your
Paul: We used to have lots of amnitions. Like number one
records; Sunday Night at the Palladium; The Ed Sullivan Show; to go to
America. A thousand ambitions like that. I can't really think of any more. We've
lived an awful lot of them.
Question: Paul, what is your aim in
Paul: To have a laugh, you know, to be
Question: John, is it a fad?
Anything in this business is a fad. WE don't think we're going to last forever.
We're just going to have a good time while it lasts.
Blokker, The Netherlands, June 6,
Reporter: Here they are in the bar sitting behind
me, the Beatles!
Question: First of all,
John: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John
Lennon, Jimmy Nichol.
Question: You want to get
Paul: No good...no good, marriage.
Paul: I don't know yet, maybe when I got some more
Question: You got money?
John: You got
Question: What do you think of the Dutch girls?
Question: They're good? Why?
all girls are good actually.
Question: What makes a girl
Paul: I don't know, do you?
John: I know, I'm just
Question: You're on, Jimmy. Do you find it difficult to
take over the role of Ringo?
Jimmy Nichole: No, not really, no.
Because Ringo I can never replace. I can never make up for what Ringo is, you
Question: How long will you be doing this?
Until next Thursday.
Question: How is Ringo, by the
George: He's ill!
Question: Do you consider the records
you made with Tony Sheridan in the Star Club in Hamburg real Beatles
George: No, no, because on most of it Tony Sheridan sings and
it's two years ago, you know. Anyway, it's not a very good
Question: Do you play any other instrument besides the guitar
John: I play mouth organ and a little piano.
I play a little piano, about that big, a very little piano. I think we all
play a little bit on other instruments.
Question: Who mends your
stockings when you're on your travels?
George: Stockings? Socks!
Nobody, we just have them washed.
Question: Do you think all the
hysterics are necessary for your act?
Paul: No, not necessary. But it
helps give a good atmosphere, we don't mind. It's nice when there's a lot of
noise about. It's like a football match with a lot of noise going on. It
produces a good feeling.
John: Goal! Goal!
Question: But why
is it always the girls?
John: If it was all just boys, it would be a
bit funny, wouldn't it?
Question: I want to ask you whether you will
go ahead with any musical change in direction?
Paul: You never know.
People always say we've changed, but we can't notice. So we probably will change
our records. We wouldn't do anything drastic, like sing with a big band or
anything, you know, because we don't enjoy that kind of music.
You do this kind of music because you enjoy it?
Paul: We love it,
you know, that's the main reason. If we didn't, we'd give it up
Adelaide, Australia, June 12,
Question: Paul, what do you expect to find here
John: Australians, I should think.
Do you have an acknowledged leader of the group?
John: No, not
Question: We heard that you stood on your head on the balcony
outside, is that right?
Paul: I don't know where you hear these
Question: John, has the Mersy Beat changed much since you've
been playing it?
John: There's no such thing as Mersey Beat. The press
made that up. It's all rock'n'roll.
Question: Do you play the same way
now as you did?
John: It's only rock'n'roll. It just so happens that
we write most of it.
Question: Did Buddy Holly influence your
John: He did in the early days. Obviously he was one of the
Paul: So did James Thurber, though, didn't he?
Yeah, but he doesn't sing as well, does he?
Question: Have you been
practicing up on your Australian accents?
George: No, guvnor, not at
Question: Do you think you will be writing any songs with
John: No, we never write anything with themes. We
just write the same rubbish all the time.
Question: Do you play the
kind of music you want to or the music you think people want to
John: Well, we've been playing this kind of music for five or
six years, something like that. It's all just rock'n'roll. It just happens that
we write it.
Question: What do you think made the difference that put
you up above other groups?
George: We had a record
Question: What record do you all agree is generally your
best recording? Not the best seller, but rather the best musically.
We always like the one we just made, don't we? So "Long Tall
George: I like "You Can't Do That,"
Question: What about you, Jimmy? How do you feel being in
with the Beatles? A newcomer standing in for Ringo?
Jimmy: It's a good
Question: How is Ringo?
Jimmy: He's much
better. He joins us on Sunday.
Question: What do you do
Jimmy: I go back to London, where they're fixing up a band for
me. I'll do some television...
John: And he's
Question: You're progressing pretty well with your Beatle
Jimmy: I've been growing it for about three months
Question: How long does it take to get a magnificent mane like
John: I can't remember being without it.
you ever go to the barber's, John?
John: No. I haven't had my hair cut
since the film. The woman on the film cut it. I don't trust anybody
Question: This is the film, Beatlemania, is it?
No, it's not called that. That's anothe one. A Hard Day's Night it's
Question: Are you satisfied with the finished
John: Well, it's as good as it can be with anybody that can't
Melbourne, June 15,
Question: How do you feel about your
responsibilities? I mean teenagers dwell on your every comment and action. Do
you feel vey responsible towards this?
Paul: We never used to believe
it. We used to open a magazine and it would say so-and-so doesn't drink, doesn't
smoke. We just act normally and hope other people don't think we act
Question: I know you say you act normally, but how can you when
you're getting so much money? When everywhere you go people go so crazy you
can't see anything.
John: Normal in the environment that surrounds
Question: John, you started something called a skiffle group. Now,
does this automatically grow into what now is the Beatles or did this come about
over a period of years?
John:Over a period of time. See, I( met Paul
first and he sort of joined us. Then George. It was just us
Question: What did you think of the Adelaide
Paul: It was good.
Question: Was it like anything
you've ever had before?
Question: Do you think
it was well conducted?
John: Yes, everyone was well
Question: Do you ever get this feeling that someone's going
to knock you off or something?
Question: How long
do you rehearse a new number when making up a new song?
with new numbers we don't rehearse them until we record them.
Question: John, I remember the launching of the careers of Frank
sinatra and Johnny Ray, Elvis Presley, but this to my mind is unprecedented by
the fantastic buildup and publicity and all the press agents. I'm not detracting
any way from the talent that you obvioulsy have. How much do you attribute to
Brian Epstein and his public relations men? And how many are there to your
John: We've only ever had one. We didn't even have that one
until about six months ago.
Question: Do you think Brian Epstein is
going to wave his magic wand sometime and include you as a fifth Beatle or a
stand-in drummer for Ringo permanently?
Jimmy: That I don't
Question: Have any of you ever been involved in any zany
John: No. We've never had to,
Paul: When we first started up we didn't have a manager or
anything so we sat around trying to think of them.
would be your most exciting moments in show business?
George: I can't
remember, there's so many ever since last September. Everthing's been exciting.
I think when we had got to America and found that they'd gone potty on us. And
when we'd got back to Britain last October we'd been touring Sweden and when
this Beatlemania thing started. We hadn't heard about it because we were away.
We just landed in London and everyone was ther smashing the place
Question: In your wildest dreams did you ever think you'd reach
the state you have reached now?
John: No. Nobody imagined anything
Question: What about your act tonight, at the Centennial
Hall. How long will it last, your particular segment?
minutes, each house.
Question: Are you constantly changing your
John: Well, depending on what city or state and which song is
more popular. Sometimes we change the order.
Question: What about when
you played the Royal Variety Performance for Her Majesty? Same act as
Question: Do you get nervous before any
John: All of them.
Question: Any trouble with the
hordes of screaming fans outside of the hotel. Do you sleep through all that
sort of thing?
John: They never stay out there all night
San Francisco, August 19,
Question: How was your trip?
any plane trip, boring.
Ringo: We've been going seventeen hours
Question: Did you see more of this town than you did last
Ringo: I only saw he airport.
Question: Who is your
Paul: A fellow called Dougie Millings of
Question: Do you know his address?
Portney Street in London.
John: He keeps moving with all the profit he
Question: How frightened were you when you looked at the cage
you were to be photographed in upon your arrival?
John: It wasn't bad
because somebody had been up there and tested it out.
Ringo: In fact,
al the press went up and tested it.
Question: Why did you leave so
Ringo: It got cold.
John: Some people said climb up on
the thing and wave and then they said get off. So we came down.
We're very obedient.
Question: Why did you start the tour in San
Ringo: You'll have to ask someone else. We're never
John: We don't plan the tours, they're planned for us, you see.
We just say we don't want to go to say, Bobboobooland. We leave the rest of the
world open and it's all planned for us.
Question: How do you like not
having any privacy?
Paul: We do have some.
John: We just had
some yesterday, didn't we, Paul? Tell them.
Question: Ringo, you didn't look too happy when you got off the
airplane. Was there any reason?
Ringo: If you'd been on it fifteen
hours, how would you look?
John: How would he look,
Ringo: I don't know. Look at him now.
George: A bit
of a fried face, if you ask me.
Question: Where are your cameras? Do
you still take pictures?
Ringo: Well, John hasn'tt sold his. I just
forgot mine. They got me up too early.
Question: Which one is
Ringo: John is married. We'll all get married in the
Paul: We will, in the end?
John: You mean, you're not
funny like the rumor says?
Ringo: Two of three years, plenty of
Paul: Lots of rumors in America.
Question: Have you
been writing now?
John: Yes. I wrote all the way over on the
Question: Now that you've made a movie, do you dig the acting
John: We don't profess to be actors.
Americans that "dig."
Paul: Dig your baby,
John: Oh, I get it.
Paul: "With it"
In America, the current slang is "tough," "boss," and "dig."
They change all the time.
Question: What are some of your hip
words in England?
John: They're ever changing, you know, madam. "Alec
Douglas," that's a big one. "Wilson," everybody does it.
John: That's a new one over there. It means
Question: What does it mean over there?
means "happy days are here again."
Question: Ringo, how do you feel
about the "Ringo for President" campaign?
Question: If you were president, what political promises
would you make?
Ringo: I don't know. I'm sort of politically
John: You are?
Ringo: No, John, believe
Paul: I think you should be president, Ringo.
How about you other guys, how do you feel about Ringo being nominated for
John: We think he should win. Definitely in
Question: Would make them part of your
Ringo: I'd have to, wouldn't I?
George: I could be
Ringo: I'd have George as treasurer.
John: I could
be the cupboard.
Ringo: George looks after the money.
Are you going to Miami this year?
George: No. We're going to
Florida to do a show in Jacksonvill at the Gator Bowl.
sports do you like?
John: We don't like any sports except swimming. We
Question: When are you going to work on your next
John: All the time.
Question: Do you keep little
John: Yes, here and there.
Question: Ringo, can you
show us your rings?
Paul: Go, go.
Ringo: Anybody want to see these? And don't keep saying I change
Question: What do you boys plan to do in San Francisco other
Ringo: Just play the Cow Palace, that's about
Question: You're not going to see the town?
we're not going to see your beautifu city that w've heard so much
Question: Why not?
George: It would take too much
organization, wouldn't it?
Ringo: You won't see anything just speeding
along in a car.
Question: I started this whole campaign of you running
Ringo: It's very nice, but I don't think I'll
Question: We think it would be good relief to have you over
Ringo: Okay, you get me in and I'll come over here and we'll
sort it all out.
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