The Beatles


Interviews

Playboy: What are you talking about?

George: He doesn't know.

Playboy: Do you?

George: Haven't the slightest.

Playboy: Can you give us a hint, Ringo? What's the Ad Lib, for example?

Ringo: It's a club.

George: Like your Peppermint Lounge, and the Whiskey a Go Go. It's the same thing.

Paul: no, the English version is a little different.

John: The Whiskey a Go Go is exactly the same, isn't it, only they have someone dancing on the ceiling, don't they?

George: Don't be ridiculous, they have *two* girls dancing on the roof; and in the Ad Lib they have a colored chap. That's the difference.

Playboy: We 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.

Playboy: Is there any truth to it?

Ringo: Well, yes. We was going to open one in Hollywood, but it fell through.

John: Dino wouldn't let you take the place over.

Ringo: No.

Paul: And we decided it1s not worth it. So we decided to sit tight for six months and buy ..

George: America.

Playboy: Have you heard about the Playboy Club that's opening in London?

Ringo: Yes, I've heard about it.

Playboy: What do you think of our Clubs?

Ringo: They're 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.

George: There1s no real fun in a bunny's fluffy tail.

Playboy: Then you don't think a Club will make it here?

George: Oh yes, 'course it will.

Ringo: There's enough dirty old men here.

Playboy: Have you ever read the magazine?

John: Yes.

George: Yes.

Ringo: I get my copy every month. Tits.

Playboy: Do you read the "Philosophy," any of you?

Paul: Some of it. When the journey's really long and you can't last out the pictures, you start reading it. It's OK.

Playboy: How about Playboy's Jazz Poll? Do you read it, too?

John: Occasionally.

Playboy: Do you enjoy jazz, any of you?

George: What kind?

Playboy: American jazz.

John: Who, for example?

Playboy: You tell us.

Paul: We only dig those who dig us.

Playboy: Seriously, who? Anyone?

John: Getz. But only because someone gave me an album of his. With him and someone called Iguana, or something like that.

Playboy: You mean Joao Gilberto?

John: I don't know. Some Mexican.

Playboy: He's Brazilian. John: Oh.

Playboy: Are you guys getting tired of talking?

John: No.

Paul: No, let's order some drinks. Scotch or Coke?

John; I'll have chocolate.

George: Scotch for me and Paul and chocolate for the Beatle teenager.

John: Scotch is bad for your kidneys.

Paul: How about you, Ringo? Don't you want something to keep you awake while you're listening to all this rubbish?

Ringo: I'll have a Coke.

John: How about you, Playboy, are you man or woman?

Paul: It's a Beatle people!

George: Who's your fave rave?

Paul: I love you!

George: How gear.

Playboy: Speaking of fave raves, why do you think the rock 'n roll phenomenon is bigger in England than in America?

John: Is it?

Paul: Yes. 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.

John: And the Everly Brothers.

Paul: Yes, 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.

John: Except those who go to prison.

Paul: It's 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 on.

Playboy: Do you think you had anything to do with bringing this all about?

John: It's a damn fact.

Paul: Not 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.

Playboy: What do you think is the most important element of your success - the personal appearances or the records?

John: Records. Records have always been the main thing. P.A.s always follow records. Our first records were made, and then we appeared.

Playboy: Followed closely by Beatle dolls. Have you seen them?

George: They're actually life size, you know.

Playboy: The only ones we've seen are five inches high.

Paul: Well, we're midgets, you see.

Playboy: How 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.

George: Who'd want an ugly old crap doll like that?

Playboy: Would you prefer a George doll, George?

George: No, but I've got a Ringo doll at home.

Playboy: Did 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?

Playboy: No. Didn't you know that the cartoon character is based on a real person - Yogi Berra, the baseball player?

George: Oh.

John: I didn't know that.

Paul: Well, they're making us into a cartoon, too, in the States. It's a series.

John: The highest achievement you could ever get.

Paul: We feel proud and humble.

Playboy: Did you know, George, that at the corner of 47th Street and Broadway in New York, there is a giant cutout of you on display?

George: Of me?

Playboy: Life size.

Ringo: Nude.

Playboy: No - 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 that window.

John: And now it's George.

Paul: The only difference is, they've got bigger tits.

Ringo: I suppose that's *one* way of putting it.

George: the 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.

Playboy: We've just about run out of steam anyway.

John: Do you have all you need?

Playboy: Enough. 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.

Playboy: Wait and see.

Ringo: Finish your Scotch before you go.

John: You don't mind if I climb into bed, do you? I'm frazzled.

Playboy: Not at all. Good night.

Ringo: Good night, Playboy.

George: It's been a hard day's night.

 

Pop Chat

7/30/63
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.

Q: "Our 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 in Liverpool?"

RINGO: "Yes, every one of us."

Q: "Are you keeping your homes in Liverpool, or do you plan to move into London, or anything like that?"

RINGO: "I 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."

Q: "John, over to you for a minute. You do alot of songwriting of late. Do you always work as a team?"

JOHN: "Well, mainly. All the better songs that we have written-- the ones that anybody wants to hear-- those were co-written."

Q: "Do you write the words and music together, or does one of you write the words?"

JOHN: "Yeah, well... Sometimes half the words are written by me and he'll finish them off. We go along a word each, practically."

Q: "Did you write your new record release?"

JOHN: "Uhh... 'She Loves You'? Yeah."

PAUL: "Yeah."

JOHN: "We wrote that two days before we recorded it, actually."

PAUL: "We wrote it in a hotel room in Newcastle."

Q: "This brings me to a question from one of your fans. How did the distinctive hairstyle come about?"

GEORGE: "Well, 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."

Q: "Another 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, Paul?"

PAUL: "Uhh, I don't know... just sort of run."

Q: "Now, 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?"

JOHN: "Well, 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."

 

Dublin, Ireland

11/7/63
John, Paul, George and Ringo spoke with Frank Hall in a filmed interview upon their arrival at Dublin Airport, November 7th 1963.

Q: "Tell me first of all, is the haircut an act by accident or design?"

JOHN: "Accident."

Q: "You didn't have time to get your hair cut in the first place?"

JOHN: "No, it just happened, you know. Ringo's was by design because he joined later."

RINGO: "Yeah, I designed it."

(laughter)

Q: "How often do you get your hair cut, by the way?"

JOHN: "Uhh, well we don't-- we try not to mention that."

PAUL: "It's a dirty word."

Q: "The Liverpool Sound is a bit of a puzzle to some of us older people especially in Ireland. Could you define it for me?"

GEORGE: "It's a puzzle to us, too."

PAUL: "It's not really a Liverpool Sound, you know."

JOHN: "There's no such thing."

PAUL: "It 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."

Q: "Well, it's no use saying, 'are you surprised by your success,' because quite clearly you're not a bit surprised."

PAUL: "Oh, We are!"

JOHN: "We are surprised, but you're just sort of, you know, so surprised that it doesn't even register."

PAUL: "We look surprised everyday!"

Q: (laughs)

PAUL: "We look off our heads."

Q: "About your Irish backgrounds..."

PAUL: "Yeah, I think we've all got a bit."

Q: (to john) "I think I saw you being greeted by somebody outside."

JOHN: "No, no, that was George."

GEORGE: "That was me. Well actually, it was my mother."

(laughter)

GEORGE: (laughs) "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 her."

Q: "Your mother has to come to Ireland to see you?"

GEORGE: "Yeah." (laughs)

Q: "Well, 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?"

GEORGE: "Uhh, yeah. Sometimes you get home for a whole week. But sometimes you don't get home for months on end."

PAUL: "It's normally about one day in, say, three weeks."

GEORGE: (jokingly) "A new idea-- 'telephones' help a bit, you know."

Q: "God bless Graham Bell."

PAUL: "Yeah."

GEORGE: "Freddie Bell."

(laughter)

Q: "Does the continuous living together and working together cause any tempermental stress on you?"

PAUL: "No, actually it's quite lucky because we've been..."

BEATLES: (singing together) "'We've Been Together Now For Forty Yeeeears!'"

PAUL: "You 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."

(mock fighting breaks out between them)

PAUL: "We're quite friendly."

Q: (laughing) "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."

RINGO: "You can't make it out, you know."

JOHN: "We're male, aren't we!!"

(laughter)

JOHN: "It'd be a bit funny if they were all fellas. (effeminate voice) 'Oh! get away!'"

RINGO: "It's 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

2/11/64
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.

Q: "Here I am surrounded by Beatles and I don't feel a thing. Fellas, how does it feel to be in the United States?"

RINGO: "It's great! Wonderful!"

PAUL AND GEORGE: "Very nice!"

Q: "What have you seen that you like best about our country?"

JOHN: "You!!"

(laughter)

Q: "Thank you very much. I'll take that under advisement. Now, do you have any plans or any arrangements to meet the Johnson girls?"

JOHN: "No. We heard they didn't like concerts."

GEORGE: "I didn't know they were on the show!"

(laughter)

Q: "They may come.... Are they coming to your show tonight?"

RINGO: "We don't know."

GEORGE: "I don't know."

PAUL: "We're not sure. But if they do, you know, we'd love it."

RINGO: "We'd like to meet them."

Q: "You and the snow came to Washington at the same time today. Which do you think will have the greater impact?"

JOHN: "The snow will probably last longer."

RINGO: "Yeah. We're going tomorrow."

Q: "Have you ever heard of Walter Cronkite?"

PAUL: "Nope."

GEORGE: "Yeah. News."

JOHN: "Good old Walter! NBC News, isn't he? Yeah, we know him. See? You don't catch me!"

Q: (correcting) "CBS News."

RINGO: "CBS News."

(laughter)

PAUL: (jokingly) "CUT!"

GEORGE: "I know, but I didn't want to say it. 'Cuz I thought it was CBS."

JOHN: "Yeah?"

GEORGE: (to John) "We're doing ABC..."

JOHN: "Yeah?"

GEORGE: "The other fella is on CBS, and the other one is NBC."

Q: "This is NBC, believe it or not."

JOHN: "And you're Walter!!"

Q: "No, I'm Ed."

JOHN: (jokingly) "What's going on around here!!"

Q: "I don't know! So, we're all together here."

GEORGE: "This is NBC."

(A different reporter begins asking questions)

Q: "What do you think of your reception in America, so far?"

JOHN: "It's been great."

Q: "What struck you the most, so far?"

PAUL: "YOU!! (laughing) We won't do that one again."

RINGO: "When we first came in, you know--- The airport. We never expected nothing like that. It was great."

Q: "You mean the crowds?"

PAUL AND JOHN: "Yeah."

JOHN: "It knocked us out!"

Q: "In spite of the snow, you still got a good crowd?"

JOHN: "Great crowd, yeah. I don't know-- Half of them thought we were coming by air, and we came by train."

Q: "Tell me this. Why do you think you're so popular all of a sudden?"

JOHN: "I don't know. It must be the weather."

PAUL: (giggles) "We've no idea at all why. Really."

Q: "Do you think it's your singing?"

JOHN: (Operatic singing voice) "Eeeeeee Dhhooooo!"

PAUL: "I doubt it. It could be alot of things, and we don't know which it could be."

Q: "Where did you get the idea for the haircuts?"

PAUL: "We didn't. It just the way we..."

RINGO: "Where did you get the idea for yours??"

PAUL: (laughs) "No, it's just something that we liked. We enjoyed wearing our hair this way, so it's developed this way."

Q: "You save on haircutting, at least?"

PAUL: "Yeah, uhhh-- We're saving."

JOHN: "I think it costs more to keep it short than to keep it long, don't you?"

Q: "I don't know. I imagine."

PAUL: "Yeah. We're saving our money."

Q: "Well, where do you go from here?"

RINGO: "Back to, ummm..."

PAUL AND JOHN: "New York."

RINGO: "...New York tommorrow."

GEORGE: "Then Miami at the weekend, just for the next Sullivan show, and then we go home."

RINGO: "On Monday."

Q: "Are you still number one in Europe?"

JOHN: "Well, Europe is alot of countries."

Q: "Where are you number one then?"

GEORGE: "We're now number one in America and England."

JOHN: "Hong Kong and Sweden..."

GEORGE: "Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France..."

Q: "And you haven't any idea why?"

RINGO: "We lay down and do it."

JOHN: "We're 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 we've forgotten."

PAUL: "Funny records, yeah."

Q: "You call your records 'funny records'?"

GEORGE: "Yeah!"

JOHN: "They're funny once we've forgotten them."

GEORGE: "You 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."

Q: "But, what I'm saying is-- Do you think of your records as funny records?"

BEATLES: "NO!"

GEORGE: "We think it's funny-- peculiar-- that they should be hits after such a long time."

Q: "Do you feel they're musical?"

JOHN: "Obviously they're musical because it's music, isn't it! Instruments play music. It's a record."

PAUL: "It's musical, you know."

JOHN: "It is musical."

PAUL: "It's music, isn't it! (sings) 'Bumm Bumm Bumm.'"

JOHN: "That's music, too."

PAUL: "He's good-- He knows music!"

Q: "Alright, but what do you call it?"

PAUL: "We 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."

Q: "With a question mark."

PAUL: "Pardon?"

Q: "With a question mark?"

PAUL: "No."

JOHN: "We leave that to the critics."

PAUL: "With an exclamation mark!"

Q: "OK. Have a good time in America."

PAUL: "Thank you very much."

JOHN AND GEORGE: "Thank you."

JOHN: "Keep buying 'em."

RINGO: "Look after yourself."

 

Wembley Stadium

4/26/64
Q: "John, I understand you just finished the movie."

JOHN: "Uhh, yes."

Q: "'A LONG Day's Night'?"

JOHN: "'A Hard Day's Night.'"

Q: "I thought George was joking last night when he said the title of the movie because you always joke around, but this is the true title?"

JOHN: "That's the title, yeah."

Q: "Of all the songs that you all have recorded, which one do you like the best?"

JOHN: "I don't know. I normally like the one we've just recorded."

Q: "What is that?"

JOHN: "Well, the last one we did was the title song from the film. Well, you know, that's the one I normally like best."

Q: "Whichever one happens to be the latest one out?"

JOHN: "Yeah, well, It's the newest one, you know. It's sort of new to ya, so ya like it best."

Q: "I understand that your group, or you and Paul personally have been given a great reward because of your writing skills."

JOHN: "What kind of reward? Money?"

Q: "You've 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?"

JOHN: "Oh yeah, that's right. Well, we couldn't be there, somebody took it for us, I remember. Ivor Novello Award, I think it was."

Q: "Yes. Congratulations."

JOHN: "Thanks very much."

Q: "Alot of the fans are always calling and asking about your automobiles and what kind of cars you drive. Do you drive at all?"

JOHN: "No, I don't drive anything. I don't need one, you know."

Q: "You don't?"

JOHN: "Well I mean, I'd never get a chance to use it. I'll get one when I'm older."

Q: Ringo, do you have a drummer that you like to look up to that you watch?"

RINGO: "No, not really. I like most of them, you know. There's no special one. I've never followed them, anyway. I just keep playing."

Q: "The 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?"

RINGO: "Yeah, 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, you know."

Q: "What about your return to the U.S? Do you look forward to it?"

RINGO: "Yeah, I can't wait! (excitedly) Wooo!!!"

Q: "You enjoyed it before?"

RINGO: "Yeah, it was marvelous, you know-- loved it. Fantastic time."

Q: "I 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."

RINGO: "The 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."

Q: "In America, there are many, many, many recording stars. Do you have any favorite recording star or group in the U.S?"

RINGO: "Oh there's millions, you know-- The Impressions, and The Shirelles. All of them, you know. Hundreds of them. You just can't name 'em all."

Q: "I 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?"

RINGO: "We eat steak usually if we go out. Steak and chips. Egg and chips. Beans. Bacon. Chicken."

Q: "Do you all eat regularly?"

RINGO: "Sometimes. Some days we eat regularly, and some days we have a meal a day, or two meals a day, you know."

Q: "For 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?"

RINGO: "We 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."

Q: "Bill 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 premiere."

RINGO: "No, the Queen isn't attending."

Q: "She isn't?"

RINGO: "He's got it wrong. It's Princess Margaret."

Q: "Okay, I'm glad you straightened that out."

RINGO: (laughs) "It's alright."

Q: "Well good luck on getting into the theatre that night."

RINGO: "Well it's not up to... You know, the police will fix it up. They'll have some idea what's happening."

Q: "There are ten thousand people in this auditorium right now. There must be another ten thousand outside. What is the story on your police escorts?"

RINGO: "We 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."

Q: "We came in with George Harrison's mother, and there were so many people who recognized her and were banging on the car."

RINGO: "Yeah."

Q: "Doesn't this bother you after a while?"

RINGO: (jokingly) "Well, it doesn't bother me if they bang on Mrs. Harrison's car."

Q: (laughs) "That's very good. Ringo, thank you very much. Good luck in the concert."

RINGO: "Thanks alot."



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