Q: What sort of journey did you have on the way up?
Paul McCartney: Very bad. Well, it wasn’t a bad journey, it was just so long, you know.
Q: Are you going to, whilst you’re here, take a look at some of the poverty that exists in Hong Kong?
John Lennon: Not if we can help it.
Paul: Yes, there’s a lot.
George Harrison: But we don’t have time, anyway. And we’d probably be stuck in the hotel.
Paul: We’d go and see the good bits, you know. They’re capitalists.
Q: Why did you choose to come to Hong Kong before Manila and Japan?
John: Well, nobody asked me to go to Manila and Japan. Did they ask you?
George and Paul: No.
John: Where is Manila?
John: Well, how am I to know where they are?
George: It’s just down…
Paul: It’s just as popular as Hong Kong.
John: Is it?
George (to John): It’s just hanging off the bottom.
John: Oh, that one.
Paul: We’re not very good at geography.
Q: Are you going to do any shopping while you’re in Hong Kong?
John and Paul: Yes.
Q: What were you feeling when, after your big success in the States, that an old-timer like Louie Armstrong finally displaced you at number one with Hi Dolly?
Paul: Well, when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. And we might as well go with Louie Armstrong as anyone else, mightn’t you. He’s a good lad.
Q: Are you thinking of recording Hi Dolly?
All: It’s called Hello Dolly.
Q: Well, Hello Dolly. It doesn’t make any difference.
John: It does, you know…
Paul: I’ll bet you didn’t buy it.
John: …to the fellow that wrote it. You make a lot of money, you know.
Paul: No, we don’t want to sing it.
John: No, we don’t record it, no. It’s jazz.
Q: How would you judge your reception at Kai Tak Airport as compared with the reception you’ve received when visiting other countries?
George: It’s been great.
John: A good comparison.
George: Yeah, it was very good.
Q: Was it quieter?
George: No, it was about the same as we’ve had recently at other airports.
Q: George, they tell me that you arrived in London the other day and only two people turned up.
Paul: Five. Five.
Q: It was the Daily Express and, you know, you can’t believe them. What happened?
Paul: They were all round Ringo‘s bed.
Q: When you’re standing on a stage, and you look down and see a crowd of screaming teenagers, what do you say to yourself?
John: ‘Look at them, all screaming.’
Paul: It’s the same feeling as footballers must get when they come out onto a football field. It’s a marvellous feeling inside, you know. And it’s the same every time.
John: Ask Jimmie ’cause it’s new for him.
Q: Don’t you sometimes get irritated because you can’t make yourselves heard above the screams?
Paul: No. Actually, you get irritated when the screams go down a bit.
Also on this day...
- 2014: Ringo Starr live at Community Arts Center, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
- 2013: Paul McCartney live at Barclays Center, New York
- 2011: Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and George Martin celebrate five years of Love in Las Vegas
- 1968: George Harrison and Ringo Starr visit Joan Baez in California
- 1968: Paul McCartney is best man at his brother Michael’s wedding
- 1967: Recording: You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)
- 1966: Recording: Good Day Sunshine
- 1965: Mixing: I Want To Hold Your Hand
- 1963: Live: City Hall, Newcastle
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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