Q: I want to know, how do your mothers feel about the business that you’re in?
John Lennon: Leave it to your dad.
Paul McCartney: Correct.
Q: Could you tell us, John, please, out of all the records that you’ve made, which one you are most satisfied with?
John: Well I always like, and I think the others do, the one we’ve just made, you know. ‘Cause you get a bit tired of the others. So whenever we make a new one, we like that best.
Q: Which one is your latest?
John: Well, at the moment it’s Long Tall Sally although we’ve been singing it for eight years.
George Harrison: And the one from the film.
John: All right, all right. We’ll get a plug here. And there’s a couple in the film.
Q: How do you feel about Ella Fitzgerald recording Can’t Buy Me Love?
John: Honoured. Flattered.
Q: What are the causes of these cults – Mods and Rockers?
John: It’s something to do, you know.
Paul: It’s just that people like new fashions, anyway. You always get some people who don’t, but it just happens to have developed into a cult. The one’s who do like the new fashions have gone mad about it.
Q: Don’t you think the Mods especially are going a bit too far when they wear pink shirts and high-heeled shoes?
Paul: Well, what’s wrong… there’s nothing wrong with…
John: They’ve got to get away from the in-betweens, haven’t they. What else can they do, you know. They’re fine.
Paul: I mean, I’ll tell you, that’s nothing.
George: Pink shirts.
Paul: And they wear handbags and eye make-up. That’s a bit far.
John: I think he’s a bit old to wear a handbag.
Q: Would you tell us something about your act while you’re in Hong Kong? Are you going to play anything special?
John: Just sing.
George: Sing and tap our toes.
John: You play them what they want to hear. You know, the ones they bought.
Q: John, you’ve written quite a few songs. Will you be writing a song with a Chinese flavour, do you think?
Q: What do you think of Tuesday Wells?
Paul: Very nice. Yes.
George: Miss Saturday Night’s much better.
Q: The youngsters here and everywhere nowadays are being infected by so-called Beatlemania. What do you think about it?
George: It’s very good.
Q: Very good.
George: It’s good for the business, and it’s good for the teenagers ’cause it…
Q: Good or no good?
George: It’s good.
Q: Mr Nicol, when Ringo Starr joins the group in Australia, what will you do?
Jimmie Nicol: Then I go back to London, and things seem to be jumping in London, so you know… I’ve got a couple of television shows and a band’s being formed and everything. So it looks as though things might happen for me, you know.
Q: George, you admire Segovia. Have you learned anything about guitar playing from him?
George: I haven’t ever met him, and I haven’t learned anything from him. I’ve learned a little bit, not very much, from his records.
Q: Mr Lennon, what do you think Mrs Lennon thinks of the Beatles?
John: She rather likes them.
Q: Is Cynthia Lennon jealous of all your female fans?
John: No, because I don’t have a go at them.
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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