MUSIC MONDAY the beatles anthology 3

the beatles anthology 3 part 4

You may be interested in links to the other posts I have done on the Beatles and you can click on the link below: FRANCIS SCHAEFFER ANALYZES ART AND CULTURE PART 288, LINKS TO 3 YEARS OF BEATLES POSTS (March of 2015 to Feb of 2018) Featured artist is Mark Dion

Congratulations, lads. Number one in US charts” or something
It was a great feeling
because we were booked to go there directly after the Paris trip
so it was handy to have a number one
British pop stars haven’t made much impact on the US, how will you fare?
Well, I can’t really say, can I?
Is it up to me? No. I just hope we go all right
But at that time I didn’t realise that Capitol Records had been told…
John F Kennedy Airport New York 7th February 1964 They wanted the Beatles, you see
Brian Epstein said “OK, you can have them…
“on condition that you spend $70000,” which sounded enormous
So they had to promote us, but I think there was more to it than that
They had a catchy single that took off
plus Ed Sullivan had seen us in England
and Time, Life and Newsweek
had all put covers of the Beatles on their magazines prior to us arriving
It was a surprise, though
because we thought we’d have to work a little bit for this notoriety
If there was a turning point in their career
Voice of Beatles’ Manager Brian Epstein a specific date on which the scope of their future was to be altered
it was the day they touched down at Kennedy International in New York
to a welcome seldom equalled anywhere in history
Would you please sing something? – No!
Is there something you CAN sing? – No, we need money first!
How many of you are bald if you have to wear those wigs? – All of us
Oh, we’re all bald… and deaf and dumb, too
Are you for real? – Come and have a feel
Are you going to get a haircut? – No, no, no… no thanks
I had one yesterday
That’s no lie – It’s true
What is it that your music does to these people?
Pleases them, I think. It must because they’re buying it
Why does it excite them so much? – We don’t know, really
We’re going to form another group and be managers
I remember the great moment of going into the limo
and there we were on American radio
And tomorrow an exciting morning as Brad Phillips has the Beatles…
Tomorrow night the Beatles read their own poetry on ‘Meet The Beatles… ‘
Oh, really?
I don’t understand this
We ain’t writ no poetry
Lock your door
We were so over-awed by American radio – Epstein had to stop us –
we phoned every radio in town, asking them to play the Ronettes
We didn’t ask for our own records, but other people’s
This is John Lennon of the Beatles on 1010 WINS
This is the Beatles station. They’re taking over, telling us what to play
One more week of this and I’ll become the fifth Beatle
I liked Murray, he was a good guy. There was him and cousin Bruce
He became the so-called ‘fifth Beatle’ – he was really big on our record
He helped make it a hit
Paul, suppose you tell them what we got next
We were very impressed with him, so we’d ring his show
He’d say “The Beatles are on and I’ve got an exclusive interview”
We’d ring up “Hello, excuse me, Murray.” “Oh, it’s George. Hi, George…”
We’d give him all the exclusives because we loved him
This is Paul McCartney from WINS
and it’s Marvin Gaye singing Pride and Joy
It’s me-you know me-yes
We’re waiting for a call from London and you’re blocking the line
Hello, John – Hello, Brian
What are your first impressions of arrival in America?
I don’t know. They’re sort of wild, you know… all wild
Wilder than they are in England? – Maybe it was the first impression
They seemed out of their minds
Did you get home betweeen leaving Paris and going to the States?
We were in London for two days – You didn’t go to Liverpool?
No. George went but he’s regretting it. He still hasn’t slept
Is George there now? – Do you want to speak to him?
In a moment, but do you want to say anything to the fans here at home?
Tell them not to forget, we’re only away for ten days
We’re thinking of them
Let’s have a word with Ringo
What was the first thing you did when you got to your hotel, Ringo?
We had a big press interview with about 100 people
We got out of that, then we had a Cadillac each, marvellous cars
What sort of things do they want to know at the press reception?
Are we bald, and what do we do with our money-the usual things
You proved you don’t wear wigs? – Yeah, we took them off
Well, cheerio Ringo, and the best of luck to you
Give my regards to everyone. Here’s George now
Hello, George – How are you, Brian?
The first thing you’ll be doing is the Ed Sullivan Show, isn’t it?
We rehearse that tomorrow and do the show on Sunday
What will you be doing on the show?
I Want to Hold your Hand, She Loves You, Please Please Me
The usual ones
How many of your records are in the American hit parade?
We’ve got six in the top hundred
I Want to Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, Please Please Me, From Me to You
My Bonnie, which is a laugh, and I Saw Her Standing There
You know in New York three records are number one:
Please Please Me, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand
That’s marvellous! We’re all very proud of you
Good luck, and we look forward to seeing you back home soon
We’ll see you in two weeks, I suppose
I’d this throat thing because when you see the photographs –
they did publicity shots in Central Park –
There’s pictures of the three of them with the New York skyline behind them
Our theatre’s jammed with newsmen and photographers from all over
The city has never witnessed such excitement as stirred by the Beatles
Tonight you will twice be entertained by them
Right now, and again in the second half of our show. The Beatles!
The Ed Sullivan Show New York 9th February 1964
It’s still supposed to be the largest viewing audience ever in the States
and the States being the biggest show biz town ever
People still talk about it like “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?”
Something very nice happened and the Beatles got a kick out of it
They’ve just received a wire from Elvis Presley and Colonel Tom Parker
wishing them a tremendous success in our country
Later they said there was the least reported, or no reported crime
Even criminals had a rest for ten minutes while we were on
Then we did the train ride to Washington
That’s where we got to know quite a few of the press guys
They started to get friendly and let us know they were actually there to kill us
Beause we shouted at them, they loved us
God knows what would have happened if we hadn’t shouted
It’s great being here in New York – Washington
Oh, is that the place? Washington? I’m just moving so fast
Voice of Neil Aspinall Tour Manager That Washington show was like a boxing ring, with people all round
Every song, you’d go to a different side of the stage
so you had to move the mikes all the time
Ringo was sitting on this round thing in the middle of the stage
He had to turn that round to face the band and it got stuck
All this chaos was going on. But it was a good show
Washington Coliseum 11th February 1964
Thank you very much, everybody, and good evening
We’d like to thank everybody here in America, Washington
We’d like to thank everybody for buying this particular record –
for starting us off in America
and giving us the chance to come here and see you all in Washington
The song we’d like to carry on with now
is one which we recorded on an LP that we made
That’s English for album, an album we made
We’d like you to join in – clap your hands and stamp your feet
Everybody join in all together
The song’s called I Saw Her Standing There
Thank you very much
We would like to sing a song now
which was a record for us and it was our first hit in England
This song was released in America. It didn’t do anything
It was released later again and, well, it’s doing something, you know
We’d like to play for you now Please Please Me
British Embassy Washington 11th February 1964 The British Embassy it was – there was a party
This was starting to happen because we were now conquering America
and the British Ambassador could play a role in this
It would be good publicity for him, you know
There were a lot of ‘Hooray Henrys’ which we’d never met before
We hadn’t played many Arts Balls or Cambridge May Balls
We’d heard about these guys who got a bit stroppy after a few drinks
“Oh, I say… play Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto, ha ha ha”
We were standing around, saying “Hi” and having a drink
One of them came up behind me and snipped a piece of my hair off
I was so angry “What the hell do you think you’re doing?”
“Oh, it’s OK, old chap”
Some bloody animal cut Ringo’s hair in the middle of…
I walked out, swearing at all of them. I just left in the middle of it
We eventually got down to Miami
which was just like Paradise
We’d never been to anywhere where there were palm trees
We took a lot of photos. We were like tourists with our Pentax cameras
We had a great time, looking down at the sand from our hotel
The kids would write “I love John” on the sand
so you could read it from your hotel room
Who are you?
What’s your name?
Which one are you?
This was just the most brilliant place I’d ever been to
People were lending us yachts or anything we wanted
This family lent us their boat and they let me drive
a 60 foot yacht, a speed boat
which I proceeded to bring in to port head on
Not really knowing much about driving speed boats
and so they have those pretty rails on the front hanging over
I bent the bugger all over the place but they didn’t seem to mind
The Ed Sullivan Show Rehearsals Miami 16th February 1964
For the next song, we’d like to sing… OK, hang on…
Shut up while he’s talking
And now from the stage of the Deauville Hotel – Ed Sullivan!
Thank you very much
It’s so nice to be here, thank you
It’s happened again. Last Sunday on our show in New York
the Beatles played to the greatest audience ever on American TV
Tonight, here in Miami Beach
again the Beatles face a record busting audience
Ladies and gentlemen
Here are four of the nicest kids we’ve ever had on our stage
Excuse the mess, won’t you… packing
These youngsters from Liverpool, England…
Their conduct over here, not only as fine professional singers
but as a group of fine youngsters
will leave an imprint with everyone over here who has met them
Nobody ever made it in America – we were dying to be the first
A lot of people had tried and failed in America
We were very confident, our confidence was at an all-time high
I felt we’d conquered America – it was an attitude we had
We’d conquered Sweden and France so America was ours now
London Airport 22nd February 1964
What do you most like about the trip, Ringo?
I loved it all, especially Miami
I didn’t know what ‘sun’ meant before I went there
Don’t you get it in Liverpool? – No, they’ve finished up there
Did you have a chance to get away without anybody recognising you?
We borrowed a couple of millionaires’ houses, you know
You could afford to buy a couple – We’d sooner borrow, it’s cheaper
We did a bit of water skiing
Did your wife enjoy it over there? – She loved it, who… who?
Don’t tell them he’s married – I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to
What about the taste of the fans over there, did you find the same stuff?
Yeah, we expected them to be very different but they weren’t at all
The accent was the only difference
Did they reckon you sang in an English accent or an American one?
Some fella said, how come you’re from Britain
and you sing with an American accent?
We tried to explain that it’s a Liverpool accent
I hear that the four of you will be millionaires by the end of the year
That’s nice
Have you time to spend this money? – What money?
You went to see those movies with Elvis or somebody in them in Liverpool
Everybody was waiting to see him. I’d be waiting there too
They’d all scream when he came on the screen
So we thought, that’s a good job
We’d always… I’m talking about this progression with the Beatles
From the Stevedores’ and Dockers’ Union, the Cavern, better clubs
So films was one that we’d always thought of
We loved The Girl Can’t Help It and knew rock’n’roll could lead to films
How do you reckon that one out?
I loved the pictures as a kid
I used to go a hell of a lot in Liverpool
Great memories from the Saturday morning pictures
If it was a pirate movie, I would be a pirate
If it was a western, I’d come home as a cowboy
It was a great fantasy land for me as a kid
We were interested in films and what happened was…
Brian started talking to people, knowing of our interest
He came up with Dick Lester’s name
He did the Running Jumping Standing Still film with Spike Milligan
A classic comedy short, about five minutes long
I don’t know if it’s funny now, but it was very funny then
So they got hold of Dick Lester and we were really pleased
Dick came round. He was a bit of a musician, played jazz piano
so he was even more interesting
He was American but he’d worked in Britain with the Goons
He got hold of Alun Owen, a Welsh playwright
who’d written Last Tram to Lime Street
Something like that, it was a long time ago now
It was a very good play with Billie Whitelaw
that Alun was known for
He was a very likeable Welsh bloke and he hung out with us for a few days
He picked up little quotes like “He’s very clean, isn’t he?”
He picked up the jokes and sarcasm, the Beatle humour
John’s wit and each one of us, Ringo’s laconic humour
He picked up our characters, which was good
Normally in pictures you do things back to front, maybe the end on one day…
and the beginning the next day, but this one we almost did it in sequence
It was very exciting. We got on a train at Marylebone station
and the next minute we’re in a film
There were little girls in gymslips who were actually models
We were fascinated with them and George married one
Pattie Boyd was one of the girls on the train
The whole of the train bit – we were just going to pieces…
It was all so romantic with the lights and coming to work in the limo
Getting up early wasn’t the best thing we could do
The scene in Hard Day’s Night, the one I got a good credit for –
walking on the beach… by the canal
with the camera and that – the lonely guy scene
That came about because I came directly to work –
very unprofessional – straight from a night club
I was a little hung over, to say the least
I was just so out of it, so they said “Let’s do anything”
My version of it was – I said “Just film me walking around”
I looked so cold and dejected because I felt like shit
There was no acting going on, I just felt so bad
I was less embarrassed than the others
but I think John got into the movie too
Wait a minute, you’re… – No, I’m not
Oh, you are. I know you are – I’m not, no
You look just like him – You’re the first ever to say that
Yes you do, look
No, my eyes are lighter. My nose…
Oh yes, your nose is very… – Is it?
I would have said so – You know him better though
I do not. He’s a casual acquaintance – That’s what you say
What have you heard?
It’s all over the place – Is it really?
But I stuck up for you – I knew I could rely on you
You don’t look like him at all
She looks more like him than I do
Alun Owen tried to write a scene of us being harassed by the press
which was part of our daily duty really
They were saying things like “How did you find America?”
Turn left at Greenland
What do you call that hairstyle?
Has success changed your life?
I think it did, because Alun hung around with us and was careful…
to put words into our mouths that he’d heard us speak
so I think he did a very good script
Leave those drums alone! – Oh, just a little touch
If you even breathe on them… – Aren’t you being rather arbitrary?
There you go, hiding behind a smokescreen of bourgeois clichôs
I don’t mess around with your earphones – Spoilsport
He’s very fussy about his drums. They loom large in his legend
What’s up? – Oh, he’s sulking again
I’ll show him
Pardon, ‘scuse, pardon… I’d like more drums, there
No, I think it’s on that…
On the third bit… more bang…
The next few minutes are in the lap of the gods and the hands of the Beatles
We’re going to hear versions of songs from their films
Gather round, famous film stars, gather round
In my young days, they used to have actors in films
It’s all changed now – They’re not doing that
Did you find that the best bits were left on the cutting room floor?
The good bits are in the film. He said those were the best. Rubbish!
Was it really? Who was worst? – Oh, Paul!
No, I think John was about the worst – No, it was you
Ringo was very good. He’s a good lad
They’re saying he’s the new Charlie Chaplin
He’s an old one
We liked the bit in the field where we all jump about like lunatics
because that’s pure film, as the director told us
We could have been anybody but we enjoyed it
NME Poll Winners’ Concert London
Well John, I believe you’ve written a book
This book’s called John LennonIn His Own Write, folks
W R I T E, you see-it’s a laugh a minute with John Lennon
Some of you might find it a bit difficult to understand
because it’s in a sort of funny lingo
Well, we get it. It’s full of laughs
I don’t really know how you can describe it, but…
I’ve never read anything like it. The stories are so funny
Many little drawings to make you laugh. It also had the wrestling dog
Once upon a time, in a far off, distant land
far across the sea, miles away from anyway, over the hills as the crow barks
39 people lived miles from anywhere on a little island on a distant land
At harvest time, the people celebrated with a feast and dancing
It was Perry’s – For Perry was the loud mirth
Job to provide – At Perry’s great pleasure, I might add
A new and exciting… – And usually it was
thrill and spectacular performer – Sometimes a dwarf was used
This year Perry had surpassed himself by getting a wrestling dog
But who would fight this wondrous beast? Not me, Dudley
Mr John Lennon…
Mr John Lennon will be back with the answers later in the programme
From an early age, John had a fancy for that kind of thing
At school he did “The Daily Howl” which was like a comic
He used to draw all the things and it would be little jokes
Today would be Muggy, followed by Tuggy, Weggy, and Thurggy
Little teenage jokes. He used to do a lot of that
Long distance calling for the manager of the Beatles? His name, please?
The manager’s name is Mr Brian Epstein
The manager’s name is Brian Epstein
I went to Torquay with Brian to write “A Cellarful of Noise”
On the third day he said “I’ve got a lovely idea. I want you to join us”
I thought this is incredible, this is the idea
Derek Taylor Beatles’ Press Officer I’d given up on the idea of joining them, thinking, if it happens, it happens
So after about 15 years on newspapers
I just dropped out and joined the Beatles
I was Brian’s personal assistant, then eventually their press officer
I remember we played in Amsterdam…
was when Derek first came on tour with us
We nearly didn’t do that tour
I was desperately ill, I was having my tonsils out
George is a very loyal person and he said:
George Martin Record Producer “If Ringo’s not part of the group, it’s not the Beatles. I won’t go”
I despised the way we couldn’t ever make a decision for ourselves
It was always like “No, sorry.” “But Ringo must go with us”
“Sorry, we’ll get a new drummer”
Jimmy Nicol was a good drummer who learnt Ringo’s parts very well
He rehearsed with them and got to know the songs very well
It was very strange
They’d taken Jimmy Nicol and I thought they didn’t love me any more
All that stuff went through my head
Holland 5th June 1964
Jimmy, will you find it difficult to take over the role of Ringo?
Not really, no
I can never make up for what Ringo is
How long will you be doing this? – Until next Thursday
You’re a sort of understudy. Do you think it a great break?
Oh yes, excellent
Treating you good? – Marvellous
How is Ringo, by the way?
His throat is so sore – you’re living on jelly and ice-cream
I was a smoker in those days and I was smoking the next day
That was pretty rough
Always good for a gag is John, you know
What do you expect to do in Hong Kong?
I don’t know, just see what’s happening
It’s very different from what I’ve seen before, I imagine
Will you do any sightseeing? – I hope so
Kaitak Airport Hong Kong 8th June 1964
Hong Kong was different. It was all army personnel
It was very funny. We’d expected Asians but it was the British Army
It was all these British people, there weren’t any Chinese there
It was a slightly flat show, in a smallish place
They all behaved themselves and all looked like…
They looked like a khaki audience. It was slightly strange
We just played. I don’t think we enjoyed the show too much
Mascot Airport Sydney 11th June 1964
We had these capes and they were disasters in Australia
The rain hit them and the dye came out
They put the Beatles on the back of a truck
They had umbrellas and were wearing these capes
I was OK, I was in the cab
The driver wouldn’t go any faster, even though it was pouring
He said “These kids have waited 24 hours to see these guys”
We got to the hotel and everybody was blue
because the dye had soaked off these coats from Hong Kong
They played Amsterdam, Hong Kong, and I met them in Australia
The flight was just horrendous to Australia, it still is
It may be two hours less now but it’s still a hell of a long way
I remember getting off the plane and feeling like a disaster area
But Australia was fabulous, being back with the boys and in the band
They’d bought me presents in Hong Kong
That was a really nice moment
It’s very nice for all of us to have back with us now… Ringo!
Festival Hall Melbourne 17th June 1964
We’d like to carry on now with a song we recorded not long ago
All My Loving
When the Beatles arrived in Adelaide, they were greeted by 300000 fans
Not surprising as they occupy the top 6 placings on the Australian chart
Australia is truly in the grip of Beatlemania
That was like a hero’s welcome
You’d go to the town hall and they’d all be in the centre
I think we enjoyed all that stuff
It could be wearing but, with that many people, we were flabbergasted
Yes, shocked and stunned, just happy
Everybody saying “There’s more people than came to see the Queen”
I should think so – she didn’t have any hit records
More people came to see us there than anywhere
I think the whole of Australia was there
We were on the roof of some hotel
I don’t know if it was Sydney or Adelaide, or where
There were thousands and thousands of kids
One of the things that stuck in my mind
was some guy on crutches – I don’t know why I focused on him
He was shouting, getting all excited
I saw him throw his crutches away, like he was healed
and he fell right on his face. He just fell over
Before we go, we’d like to say to all of you here tonight
and to everybody who’s come to see us on this tour…
We’d like to say, thank you all very much for coming along
World Premiere – A Hard Day’s Night London 6th July 1964
I think Hard Day’s Night had a lot of comedy in it. People said:
“They’re young Marx Brothers”
There had never been four people doing comedy besides them
Yeah, we were called Britain’s answer to the Marx Brothers
It was very well received and it did very well
That was part of the Beatles, they were very funny
I mean, they actually were funny
I found it exciting. I loved it
When you first see yourself on the big screen, you watch yourself
Look at that ear, that nose, my hair sticking out-each of us did that
They’re very supportive, the Liverpool people-they loved us getting on
They felt we were traitors when we left, but the whole town was behind us
We heard that we were finished in Liverpool
After a bit we began to believe it. We thought, we don’t want to go home
We’ll just sneak home to our houses
They said “I’ve been to the Cavern. They don’t like you any more”
Of course, they were talking to people who didn’t know us anyway
We went back and it was one of the best ever
Liverpool Airport 10th July 1964
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