The Beatles’ American invasion begins

1.20pm, Friday 7 February 1964 (50 years ago)

At JFK The Beatles gave their first press conference on American soil.

Q: Are you a little embarrassed by the lunacy you cause?

John Lennon: No, it’s great.

Paul McCartney: No.

Ringo Starr: Marvelous.

George Harrison: We love it.

John: We like lunatics.

Q: You’re in favor of lunacy?

The Beatles: Yeah.

John: It’s healthy.

Q: Are those English accents?

George: It’s not English. It’s Liverpudlian, you see.

Paul: The Liverpool accent – so, the way you say some of the words. You know, you say GRASS instead of GRAHHSS, and that sounds a bit American. So there ya go.

Q: Liverpool is the…

Ringo: It’s the capital of Ireland.

Paul: Anyway, we wrote half of your folk songs in Liverpool.

Ringo: Yeah, don’t forget!

Q: In Detroit Michigan, there handing out car stickers saying, ‘Stamp Out The Beatles.’

Paul: Yeah well… first of all, we’re bringing out a ‘Stamp Out Detroit’ campaign.

Q: What about the Stamp Out The Beatles campaign?

John: What about it?

Ringo: How big are they?

Q: Would you tell Murray the K to cut that crap out?

The Beatles: Cut that crap out!

Paul: Hey, Murray!

Q: A psychiatrist recently said you’re nothing but a bunch of British Elvis Presleys.

John: He must be blind.

Ringo (shaking like Elvis): It’s not true! It’s not true!

Q: Would you please sing something?

The Beatles: No!

Ringo: Sorry.

Q: There’s some doubt that you can sing.

John: No, we need money first.

Q: What do you expect to take out of this country?

John: About half a crown.

Ringo: Ten dollars.

Q: Does all that hair help you sing?

Paul: What?

Q: Does all that hair help you sing?

John: Definitely. Yeah.

Q: You feel like Sampson? If you lost your hair, you’d lose what you have? ‘It’?

John: Don’t know. I don’t know.

Paul: Don’t know.

Q: How many of you are bald, that you have to wear those wigs?

Ringo: All of us.

Paul: I’m bald.

Q: You’re bald?

John: Oh, we’re all bald, yeah.

Paul: Don’t tell anyone, please.

John: I’m deaf and dumb, too.

14 Responses to “The Beatles’ American invasion begins”

  1. richard hubbard

    was there a stopover in boston before the beatles landed in N.Y. on feb 7 1964? i had heard of this happening several times but nobody seems to be sure if this happenned or not. Or should i ask did the fly from england to n.y. or was there a stopover first in boston?

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    • brian

      I’ve never heard or seen anything to provide evidence of a Beatles stopover in Beantown on their first trip to America unless you want to count these words – “When I was a robber in Boston place, you gathered round me with your fine embrace” sung by Paul and heard on Anthology 3.

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      • Joe

        Boston Place is a street in London where Apple Electronics (headed by Alexis ‘Magic Alex’ Mardas) was based in the late 60s.

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      • Renee Decker

        You may have never seen or heard of any, but i assure you the thousands of us screaming in Harvard Square can certainly remembet they were. I was one of the lucky ones… my Dad put me up on his shoulders so i could see. So,YES THEY WERE IN BOSTON!

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  2. Pat

    What ever happened to that same plane they flew on (Pan Am Flight 101)? Anyone know where it’s located or if they scrapped it?

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  3. justconn2

    My dad was a Pan American Pilot and he was the Pilot on the plane that flew the Beatles to America!!!!
    Wish I had more information from him…… He was a grump I thought! I asked him if he got their autograph!!! He said “why?” Heck, I could be a millionaire now!!!! Damn!!!!
    Suzanne Asher

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    • julia sidford

      Suzanne- that’s AWESOME that your dad was the pilot of the flight. i’m trying to research a rumor i was told that my grandfather was also on this flight sitting next to Brian Epstein or Neil Aspinall. He was a famous ice skating coach, full name Montgomery Wilson, but he went by Bud. i’m trying to find out if he was a passenger on the plane. Can you or anyone assist? i’d be forever grateful!! i’m at 4sandywhite@gmail.com. Julia Sidford

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  4. jimbo

    The 707 was Clipper Defiance – scrapped in Long Beach in 1977. It was sold to Air Vietnam in 1973, incidentally, then repossessed by Pan Am.

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  5. Dan McK

    50 years ago today they’re in London preparing to leave. 50 years ago tomorrow they’re off for the US. I wonder what was going through their minds the night prior to the departure. Very exciting.

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  6. rick

    Fifty years ago today a truly historic moment as the greatest of the british bands without question arrives in America for the first time. Four lads from Liverpool who have forever shook the world

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  7. Jack Kelley

    Saw Beatles in Dodger Stadium in ’66. What a show. Limo had to turn around in center field and head for the dugout cause fans jumped from center field bleachers. Beatles played on 2nd base for about 45 minutes. 45,000 crazy fans that night including me!

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