Interview: John Lennon and George Harrison

12.00pm, Thursday 6 February 1964 (50 years ago)

On the eve of The Beatles’ first trip to America, UK reporter June Harris interviewed John Lennon and George Harrison.

John: It’s going to be fab! I know we’re not going to have much time to do anything, but I shall still buy stacks of records. None of us is nervous about our personal appearances or anything like that. The Americans are just going to get exactly the same as the British, French and the rest of them.

June Harris: Will you have any baggage problems?

George: Not as far as our equipment it concerned. We’re not taking our amplifiers, and Ringo‘s not taking his drum kit. We’ve been promised the use of everything we need over there.

The Beatles Off The Record
Keith Badman

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