David Coleman: George, how do you like being described as the Prime Minister's secret weapon?
George Harrison: It's great, yeah. The thing is, I didn't get the bit where they said, 'Earning all these dollars for Britain.' Like, are we sharing it out or something?
DC: But we're told that you've come back from America millionaires.
Paul McCartney: No, you're kidding.
John Lennon: Next time.
DC: Now what about Miami? I mean, you were in the millionaire's playground.
Ringo Starr: Oh, that was marvelous, Miami!
DC: You lived well, did you?
Paul: Yeah. Well, we borrowed these houses, you see. These people rang up and said, 'Do you want our house, lad?' So we said, 'By gum, we do!'
Paul: And we went across there, and we all water-skied, and fishing.
Ringo: He caught a monster!
DC: How did it compare with New Brighton?
Paul: With New Brighton? It wasn't as sunny, of course, as New Brighton.
Ringo: Of course, we missed the docks.
John: And the people didn't have as much money.
George: And there was more oil on the sand in Miami.
DC: We'd like to hear what you thought about Mr [Cassius] Clay.
John: Very tall.
Ringo: Oh, he's a big lad.
Paul: He's a great laugh, more than anything. He's a big lad.
George: He's gonna get Sonny Liston in three.
John: He said.
Ringo: So he said.
Paul: That's what he said. I don't think he will, though.
DC: I hear you were creeping up to Harry Carpenter in the training camp, Paul, and whispering things to him.
Paul: Yeah. Well you see, the only thing was, he asked me who was going to win. And I would have told him out that I thought Liston was gonna win.
John: You coward!
Paul: I'm a coward! And it was in Clay's camp, you see, and there was all these big fellas around. I had to whisper, you know.
John, singing: Liston, do you want to know a secret?
Ringo: Plugging, you know. We're still trying to sell!
DC: How did Clay compare with you?
Ringo: He's bigger than all of us put together.
DC: We're told that he was acting in a way that even the Beatles couldn't match.
Paul: Yeah. He was, actually.
Ringo: He was good.
John: He was saying, 'I's beautiful, and you's beautiful, too!'
Paul: Yeah, he's a showman.
Ringo: Oh, definitely.
DC: Well now that you're back, you're out of the top 10 for the first time for a long time. What about it?
Paul: Er, I don't know.
John: What do you suggest?
DC: Have you got anything on the way?
John: We could go straight, couldn't we?
George: I'm going to try tap dancing.
Paul: And Ringo's doing comedy on the high wire.
Interviews: London Airport
8.10am, Saturday 22 February 1964 (49 years ago)
Also on this day...
- 1970: Recording, mixing: That Would Be Something, Valentine Day, Every Night, Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney
- 1969: Recording: I Want You (She's So Heavy)
- 1967: Recording, mixing: A Day In The Life
- 1965: The Beatles fly to the Bahamas to film Help!
- 1963: Live: Oasis Club, Manchester
- 1961: Live: Hambleton Hall, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
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