What are you talking about?
you give us a hint, Ringo? What's the Ad Lib, for example?
your Peppermint Lounge, and the Whiskey a Go Go. It's the same
the English version is a little different.
Whiskey a Go Go is exactly the same, isn't it, only they have
someone dancing on the ceiling, don't they?
be ridiculous, they have *two* girls dancing on the roof; and
in the Ad Lib they have a colored chap. That's the difference.
heard a rumor that one of you was thinking of opening a club.
John: I wonder
who it was, Ringo.
Ringo: I don't
know, John. There was a rumor, yes. I heard that one, too.
there any truth to it?
yes. We was going to open one in Hollywood, but it fell through.
wouldn't let you take the place over.
we decided it1s not worth it. So we decided to sit tight for six
months and buy ..
you heard about the Playboy Club that's opening in London?
I've heard about it.
do you think of our Clubs?
for dirty old men, not for the likes of us - dirty *young* men.
They're for businessmen who sneak out without their wives knowing,
or if their wives sneak out first, for those who go out openly.
no real fun in a bunny's fluffy tail.
you don't think a Club will make it here?
yes, 'course it will.
enough dirty old men here.
you ever read the magazine?
Ringo: I get
my copy every month. Tits.
you read the "Philosophy," any of you?
of it. When the journey's really long and you can't last out the
pictures, you start reading it. It's OK.
about Playboy's Jazz Poll? Do you read it, too?
you enjoy jazz, any of you?
Paul: We only
dig those who dig us.
But only because someone gave me an album of his. With him and
someone called Iguana, or something like that.
mean Joao Gilberto?
John: I don't
know. Some Mexican.
Brazilian. John: Oh.
you guys getting tired of talking?
let's order some drinks. Scotch or Coke?
for me and Paul and chocolate for the Beatle teenager.
is bad for your kidneys.
about you, Ringo? Don't you want something to keep you awake while
you're listening to all this rubbish?
have a Coke.
about you, Playboy, are you man or woman?
a Beatle people!
your fave rave?
Paul: I love
of fave raves, why do you think the rock 'n roll phenomenon is
bigger in England than in America?
John: Is it?
You see, in England, after us, you have thousands of groups coming
out everywhere, but in America they've just sort of had the same
groups going for ages. Some have made it and some haven't, but
there aren't any real *new* ones. If we'd been over there instead
of over here, there probably would have been the same upsurge
over there. Our road manager made an interesting point the other
day about this difference in America. In America the people who
are the big stars are not our age. There's nobody who1s a really
big star around our age. Possibly it may seem like a small point,
but there's no conscription - no draft - here. In America we used
to hear about someone like Elvis, who was a very big star and
then suddenly he was off in the Army.
the Everly Brothers.
the Everly Brothers as well went into the Army at the height of
their fame. And the Army seems to do something to singers. It
may make them think what they're plying is stupid and childish.
Or it may make them want to change their style, and consequently
they may not be as popular when they come out of the Army. It
may also make people forget them, and consequently they may have
a harder job getting back on top when they get out. But here,
of course, we don1t have that problem.
those who go to prison.
become so easy to form a group nowadays, and to make a record,
that hundreds are doing it - and making a good living at it. Whereas
when we started, it took us a couple of years before the record
companies would even listen to us, never mind give us a contract.
But now, you just walk in and if they think you'1re OK, you're
you think you had anything to do with bringing this all about?
a damn fact.
only us. Us and people who followed us. But we were the first
really to get national coverage because of some big shows that
we did, and because of a lot of public interest in us.
do you think is the most important element of your success - the
personal appearances or the records?
Records have always been the main thing. P.A.s always follow records.
Our first records were made, and then we appeared.
closely by Beatle dolls. Have you seen them?
actually life size, you know.
only ones we've seen are five inches high.
we're midgets, you see.
does it make you feel to have millions of effigies of yourselves
decorating bedsides all over the world? Don't you feel honored
to have been immortalized in plastic? After all, there's no such
thing as a Frank Sinatra doll or an Elvis Presley doll.
want an ugly old crap doll like that?
you prefer a George doll, George?
but I've got a Ringo doll at home.
you know you are probably the first public figures to have dolls
made of them - except maybe Yogi Berra?
John: In Jellystone
Park. Do you mean the cartoon?
Didn't you know that the cartoon character is based on a real
person - Yogi Berra, the baseball player?
John: I didn't
they're making us into a cartoon, too, in the States. It's a series.
highest achievement you could ever get.
Paul: We feel
proud and humble.
you know, George, that at the corner of 47th Street and Broadway
in New York, there is a giant cutout of you on display?
- but the reason we mention it is that it's really a signal honor.
For years on that corner, there's been a big store with with life-size
cut-out of Marilyn Monroe, Anita Eckberg or Jayne Mansfield in
now it's George.
only difference is, they've got bigger tits.
Ringo: I suppose
that's *one* way of putting it.
party's getting rough. I'm going to go to bed. You carry on, though;
I'll just stop my ears with cotton - so as not to hear the insults
and the smutty language.
just about run out of steam anyway.
John: Do you
have all you need?
Many thanks, fellows.
John: Of course
a lot of it you won1t be able to use - 'crap' and 'tit' and 'bloody'
and 'bastard' and all.
your Scotch before you go.
don't mind if I climb into bed, do you? I'm frazzled.
at all. Good night.
been a hard day's night.
This brief interview with the Beatles was recorded on July 30th
1963 by the BBC, and was later aired during the month of August
on a program segment entitled, 'Pop Chat.' The Beatles were interviewed
by BBC Radio's Phil Tate. The Fabs were in London during a two-day
break in their busy performing schedule.
guests this week on 'Pop Chat' are The Beatles-- John, Paul, George
and Ringo. Let's start off with you, Ringo. Everybody knows that
the Beatles are a Liverpool group, but were you all actually born
every one of us."
you keeping your homes in Liverpool, or do you plan to move into
London, or anything like that?"
don't think any of us are moving. We must have a base in London,
you know, because we're there more than we are in Liverpool at
the moment. But we're not moving our houses."
over to you for a minute. You do alot of songwriting of late.
Do you always work as a team?"
mainly. All the better songs that we have written-- the ones that
anybody wants to hear-- those were co-written."
you write the words and music together, or does one of you write
well... Sometimes half the words are written by me and he'll finish
them off. We go along a word each, practically."
you write your new record release?"
'She Loves You'? Yeah."
wrote that two days before we recorded it, actually."
wrote it in a hotel room in Newcastle."
brings me to a question from one of your fans. How did the distinctive
hairstyle come about?"
umm... I don't think any of us had been bothered with having haircuts,
and it was always long. Paul and John went to Paris and came back
with it-- something like this. And I went to the baths and came
out with it like this."
fan was anxious to know how you manage to get any private life.
I mean-- If you take a girl out, how do you avoid being recognized,
I don't know... just sort of run."
John, I know you have very little time for anything but music
at the moment. But if you had spare time-- What sort of hobbies
and sports do you enjoy?"
none of us are very sporty, you know. The only sport we do bother
with is swimming. We don't count it as a sport, but... And hobbies
are just writing songs."
John, Paul, George and Ringo spoke with Frank Hall in a filmed
interview upon their arrival at Dublin Airport, November 7th 1963.
me first of all, is the haircut an act by accident or design?"
didn't have time to get your hair cut in the first place?"
it just happened, you know. Ringo's was by design because he joined
I designed it."
often do you get your hair cut, by the way?"
well we don't-- we try not to mention that."
a dirty word."
Liverpool Sound is a bit of a puzzle to some of us older people
especially in Ireland. Could you define it for me?"
a puzzle to us, too."
not really a Liverpool Sound, you know."
no such thing."
just so happens that the new groups that have come out all happen
to have come from Liverpool, so people sort of generalize a bit
and say, 'Aha! The Liverpool Sound!' but really, you know, if
you listen to the groups they're all quite different. It's not
all one big sound that's coming out."
it's no use saying, 'are you surprised by your success,' because
quite clearly you're not a bit surprised."
are surprised, but you're just sort of, you know, so surprised
that it doesn't even register."
look surprised everyday!"
look off our heads."
your Irish backgrounds..."
I think we've all got a bit."
Q: (to john)
"I think I saw you being greeted by somebody outside."
no, that was George."
was me. Well actually, it was my mother."
"She came over here, you know, because she's got hundreds
of cousins and relatives over here, and then she hadn't seen us
for weeks anyway 'cuz we've been away. So she's come to see the
show and to see her cousins. And one of the cousins was here with
mother has to come to Ireland to see you?"
this in a way kind of typifies the kind of extraordinary upset
that must occur in your private lives. Do you get home at all?"
yeah. Sometimes you get home for a whole week. But sometimes you
don't get home for months on end."
normally about one day in, say, three weeks."
"A new idea-- 'telephones' help a bit, you know."
bless Graham Bell."
the continuous living together and working together cause any
tempermental stress on you?"
actually it's quite lucky because we've been..."
together) "'We've Been Together Now For Forty Yeeeears!'"
know, we've all been mates for quite a long time so we don't get
on each other's nerves as much as we could."
breaks out between them)
"Yeah, so I see. So far as I can see-- the greater portion
of your public seems to be female. To what do you attribute this
extraordinary success? Alot of people here would be very interested
to know this."
can't make it out, you know."
male, aren't we!!"
be a bit funny if they were all fellas. (effeminate voice) 'Oh!
very nice, you know. We don't know why. If we knew we'd be 'made'
more or less-- You'd just go and get about six groups like us
who are attractive to women."
Washington DC Interview
This interview was conducted with the Beatles just before their
concert at Washington Coliseum-- their first American concert.
The Beatles famous American television debut on the Ed Sullivan
Show had occured just two days prior. The mention of "The
Johnson Girls" in this interview refers to the daughters
of then-President Lyndon B. Johnson.
I am surrounded by Beatles and I don't feel a thing. Fellas, how
does it feel to be in the United States?"
PAUL AND GEORGE:
have you seen that you like best about our country?"
you very much. I'll take that under advisement. Now, do you have
any plans or any arrangements to meet the Johnson girls?"
We heard they didn't like concerts."
didn't know they were on the show!"
may come.... Are they coming to your show tonight?"
not sure. But if they do, you know, we'd love it."
like to meet them."
and the snow came to Washington at the same time today. Which
do you think will have the greater impact?"
snow will probably last longer."
We're going tomorrow."
you ever heard of Walter Cronkite?"
old Walter! NBC News, isn't he? Yeah, we know him. See? You don't
know, but I didn't want to say it. 'Cuz I thought it was CBS."
John) "We're doing ABC..."
other fella is on CBS, and the other one is NBC."
is NBC, believe it or not."
"What's going on around here!!"
don't know! So, we're all together here."
reporter begins asking questions)
do you think of your reception in America, so far?"
struck you the most, so far?"
(laughing) We won't do that one again."
we first came in, you know--- The airport. We never expected nothing
like that. It was great."
mean the crowds?"
PAUL AND JOHN:
knocked us out!"
spite of the snow, you still got a good crowd?"
crowd, yeah. I don't know-- Half of them thought we were coming
by air, and we came by train."
me this. Why do you think you're so popular all of a sudden?"
don't know. It must be the weather."
"We've no idea at all why. Really."
you think it's your singing?"
singing voice) "Eeeeeee Dhhooooo!"
doubt it. It could be alot of things, and we don't know which
it could be."
did you get the idea for the haircuts?"
didn't. It just the way we..."
did you get the idea for yours??"
"No, it's just something that we liked. We enjoyed wearing
our hair this way, so it's developed this way."
save on haircutting, at least?"
uhhh-- We're saving."
think it costs more to keep it short than to keep it long, don't
don't know. I imagine."
We're saving our money."
where do you go from here?"
PAUL AND JOHN:
Miami at the weekend, just for the next Sullivan show, and then
we go home."
you still number one in Europe?"
Europe is alot of countries."
are you number one then?"
now number one in America and England."
Kong and Sweden..."
Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France..."
you haven't any idea why?"
lay down and do it."
coming out in Hong Kong and suddenly you're number one there years
after so many records. Even here, you know, we've got records
call your records 'funny records'?"
funny once we've forgotten them."
know-- It's unusual because they've been out in England for over
a year. Like "Please, Please Me" is a hit over here
now, but it's over a year old, you see. And it's funny."
what I'm saying is-- Do you think of your records as funny records?"
think it's funny-- peculiar-- that they should be hits after such
a long time."
you feel they're musical?"
they're musical because it's music, isn't it! Instruments play
music. It's a record."
musical, you know."
music, isn't it! (sings) 'Bumm Bumm Bumm.'"
good-- He knows music!"
but what do you call it?"
try not to define our music because we get so many wrong classifications
off it. It's no use. We just call it-- MUSIC??? (laughs) ...even
if you don't."
a question mark."
a question mark?"
leave that to the critics."
an exclamation mark!"
Have a good time in America."
you very much."
JOHN AND GEORGE:
Q: "John, I understand you just finished the movie."
LONG Day's Night'?"
Hard Day's Night.'"
thought George was joking last night when he said the title of
the movie because you always joke around, but this is the true
the title, yeah."
all the songs that you all have recorded, which one do you like
don't know. I normally like the one we've just recorded."
the last one we did was the title song from the film. Well, you
know, that's the one I normally like best."
one happens to be the latest one out?"
well, It's the newest one, you know. It's sort of new to ya, so
ya like it best."
understand that your group, or you and Paul personally have been
given a great reward because of your writing skills."
kind of reward? Money?"
gotten quite a bit of money, but you were given an award for being
a couple of the best writers in the world, weren't you?"
yeah, that's right. Well, we couldn't be there, somebody took
it for us, I remember. Ivor Novello Award, I think it was."
of the fans are always calling and asking about your automobiles
and what kind of cars you drive. Do you drive at all?"
I don't drive anything. I don't need one, you know."
I mean, I'd never get a chance to use it. I'll get one when I'm
do you have a drummer that you like to look up to that you watch?"
not really. I like most of them, you know. There's no special
one. I've never followed them, anyway. I just keep playing."
show that we're seeing right now, here at Wembley, is something
unusual. It features just about all the top stars in England and
in Britain. How do you feel about playing on a show with so many
other stars? Usually, you all do personal concerts, don't you?"
well, even when we do a tour there's always some other stars on
anyway. But we're a bit nervous, you know. It's the first time
we've played for two months, with making a film and everything.
So we hope it goes alright. You feel better once you're on, though,
about your return to the U.S? Do you look forward to it?"
I can't wait! (excitedly) Wooo!!!"
enjoyed it before?"
it was marvelous, you know-- loved it. Fantastic time."
hope that you can make it to Tidewater. We've put in a bid for
the tour when it comes back. About fifteen dates have been booked
so far, and about ten more are left, so good luck. You have about
twenty-five shows in thirty days."
best part about this tour is that we see more of the States than
last time 'cuz we only went to Washington, New York, and Miami.
So it's good that we'll see alot more."
America, there are many, many, many recording stars. Do you have
any favorite recording star or group in the U.S?"
there's millions, you know-- The Impressions, and The Shirelles.
All of them, you know. Hundreds of them. You just can't name 'em
have around five hundred letters that came in one weekend for
The Beatles to the radio station. People write and ask questions,
and of course I have no way of answering without knowing. They
ask things like favorite foods of the Beatles. Do you have anything
special if all of you went out to eat at once?"
eat steak usually if we go out. Steak and chips. Egg and chips.
Beans. Bacon. Chicken."
you all eat regularly?"
Some days we eat regularly, and some days we have a meal a day,
or two meals a day, you know."
recreation, how can someone as famous as a member of the Beatles
possibly be able to go out and do what the average person does?"
don't go out, you know, and do what the average person does. We
have to stay in, or if we're off-- we stay in all day anyway and
just play records, or when the TV starts we put that on, or you
know, we just amuse ourselves. But we can go out and about. In
London there's about three clubs we can go to where it's okay
for us to go. It's like show-biz clubs, you know."
Corbett your chauffeur, last night, drove us in from the airport.
He was pointing out a theatre where the movie will be previewed,
and he told us something I guess would be a great, great honor
for anyone, and that is the fact that the Queen will be attending
the Queen isn't attending."
got it wrong. It's Princess Margaret."
I'm glad you straightened that out."
good luck on getting into the theatre that night."
it's not up to... You know, the police will fix it up. They'll
have some idea what's happening."
are ten thousand people in this auditorium right now. There must
be another ten thousand outside. What is the story on your police
just came in a small van, you know-- boarded up. and we just drove
in like workers. We just sat in the back and the police drove
us in, in plain clothes."
came in with George Harrison's mother, and there were so many
people who recognized her and were banging on the car."
this bother you after a while?"
"Well, it doesn't bother me if they bang on Mrs. Harrison's
"That's very good. Ringo, thank you very much. Good luck
in the concert."