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Who Was The Nicest Beatle!
14 February 2011
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Lets pretend we just cant see her face said:

I've read a lot of places that George was actually pretty moody. You can see it in Let It Be. This is a tough question, I think they all had to be pretty easy to get along with for them to be together for so long and how popular they were. Now, a band that big would break up a lot sooner I feel. I think Paul was pretty accommodating, originally a guitar and trumpet player in school it takes a lot of talent and patients to switch to whatever was needed remember he was even playing drums for The Silver Beatles. I think they each had their own areas of being nice..... it's a hard one.a-hard-days-night-ringo-4


I agree. I always felt George was probably the nicest due to his humble attitude and never being on an ego trip but he would not tolerate fans intruding on his privacy and was always very bold when it came to answering questions. I think he got tired of always answering Beatle questions and was more concerned about his relationship with God and felt the all of us need to draw from this.

He once said 'Everything Else Can Wait But The Search For God Cannot Wait' What always interested me is the fact that he got interested in India Religion and Hare Krishna around 1968 and kept his faith until he passed away. 

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I'd imagine so long as he was in control of his environment, the nicest Beatle would probably be Paul. Not to the other Beatles, but he does have this reputation of always having the right thing to say to the press and like I've always said, he's the one who wrote the lyrics about keeping a face in the jar by the door. He knew there was one way to behave in public, and another way he could behave in private. He had the "nicest" public persona, anyways, I think then, and still tries to maintain that now.

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14 February 2011
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I read a book about their time in India and there was some guy there with them who spent individual time with all of them and he said that Paul was overall the nicest. But I remember some video on youtube where Ringo is talking about the Beatles and he said John was the most loving of all of them when he wanted to be. He then said, 'he could be crazy as well…' so I'm not sure if John had the consistency to be the overall nicest.

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GniknuS said:

I read a book about their time in India and there was some guy there with them who spent individual time with all of them and he said that Paul was overall the nicest. But I remember some video on youtube where Ringo is talking about the Beatles and he said John was the most loving of all of them when he wanted to be. He then said, 'he could be crazy as well…' so I'm not sure if John had the consistency to be the overall nicest.


I think they all had their moments as well as we do. No one can be nice all the time and when people are pressing you for interviews and always shoving a camera in your face I can imagine it is not easy. Everything they did while they were a group was watched and interpretated. 
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I agree with StarWisher. I think that Paul deffinately had the best public persona, always knew what to say, but may not have had the best private personality a hidden mean streak possibly? He deffinately knew when to be mean. Who knows though? Only him and the ones who know him best. He might be a meanie, a blue meanie? blue-meanie

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Well, they've all had their moments of meanness, but they've also had those moments of niceness...I mean, they were only human, right?a-hard-days-night-george-10Even though they're kind of like angels from above with THEIR talent.  

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Like everybody, all the Beatles were far from saints. Add to that the enormous pressure of fame, fortune and adulation, and it would become extremely easy to turn into a bastard. Paul may have acted nicest and been great at putting on a gregarious face to the public, and I have no doubt he's a lovely guy, but he strikes me as the kind of man you would certainly not want to cross, Beatle or not. Ringo's always seemed to be the most genuinely warm and friendly to me.

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MeanMrsMustard said
robert said:

Actually Ringo has the reputation of being the hardest of all four to deal with. Many interviewers will list him in the list of worst guests.


Wow! What'd he do? 

Frank Skinner once interviewed Ringo. Just before they went live, Ringo said "no questions about the Beatles". They did half an hour on Thomas The Tank Engine.

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The Walrus said

MeanMrsMustard said
robert said:

Actually Ringo has the reputation of being the hardest of all four to deal with. Many interviewers will list him in the list of worst guests.


Wow! What'd he do? 

Frank Skinner once interviewed Ringo. Just before they went live, Ringo said "no questions about the Beatles". They did half an hour on Thomas The Tank Engine.

But that was because he was fed up of talking about them all the time when to him, it had all happened a long time ago. It´s sad for us because we want to talk about them constantly, especially with somebody who was actually there and a part of it all but I think we forget sometimes that he has done things since that he might want to talk about. Also, say in the seventies, it was quite raw still I think and he may have wanted to just forget about The Beatles and concentrate on other things.a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

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They were all bastards, and really, it's like saying which lunatic is best suited to run the asylum - none.

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There really is no answer for this. I didn't know them personally so I can't really say that any of them even were nice. As far as I know, though, none of them have killed anybody, so I guess that gives them some niceness points.
The other thing is that people go through phases. Sure, John might have ignored Julian for three years, but there were times he was like a dad should be to Julian. Same for the others. Everybody has good in them and bad. It's all up to you on what you show more of.

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12 July 2012
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fabfouremily said

The Walrus said

MeanMrsMustard said
robert said:

Actually Ringo has the reputation of being the hardest of all four to deal with. Many interviewers will list him in the list of worst guests.


Wow! What'd he do? 
 

Frank Skinner once interviewed Ringo. Just before they went live, Ringo said "no questions about the Beatles". They did half an hour on Thomas The Tank Engine.

But that was because he was fed up of talking about them all the time when to him, it had all happened a long time ago. It´s sad for us because we want to talk about them constantly, especially with somebody who was actually there and a part of it all but I think we forget sometimes that he has done things since that he might want to talk about. Also, say in the seventies, it was quite raw still I think and he may have wanted to just forget about The Beatles and concentrate on other things.a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

I can understand of being fed up, but what did he really accomplished that much after The Beatles that is worth of one hour (or whatever time length) of interview? 

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Ben Ramon said
Like everybody, all the Beatles were far from saints. Add to that the enormous pressure of fame, fortune and adulation, and it would become extremely easy to turn into a bastard. Paul may have acted nicest and been great at putting on a gregarious face to the public, and I have no doubt he's a lovely guy, but he strikes me as the kind of man you would certainly not want to cross, Beatle or not. Ringo's always seemed to be the most genuinely warm and friendly to me.

I agree with this. It would be hard to be in the limelight and try to keep this persona of just being nice all of the time. Have you ever met someone that didn't have some rude or flash of anger in them? Not even my grandmother is that nice. People tend to see these celebrities that they idolize and turn something that if a person that wasn't in the limelight did would be no big deal, into a huge deal if someone did it that they looked up to or just looked at a lot. That being said, I think it just depends on who you're talking to. Some people I think are totally rude my friends could think are the sweetest people ever. I have always imagined Ringo to be the most genuinely kind though.a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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Long John Silver said

fabfouremily said

The Walrus said

MeanMrsMustard said
robert said:

Actually Ringo has the reputation of being the hardest of all four to deal with. Many interviewers will list him in the list of worst guests.


Wow! What'd he do? 
 

Frank Skinner once interviewed Ringo. Just before they went live, Ringo said "no questions about the Beatles". They did half an hour on Thomas The Tank Engine.

But that was because he was fed up of talking about them all the time when to him, it had all happened a long time ago. It´s sad for us because we want to talk about them constantly, especially with somebody who was actually there and a part of it all but I think we forget sometimes that he has done things since that he might want to talk about. Also, say in the seventies, it was quite raw still I think and he may have wanted to just forget about The Beatles and concentrate on other things.a-hard-days-night-ringo-14

I can understand of being fed up, but what did he really accomplished that much after The Beatles that is worth of one hour (or whatever time length) of interview? 

I'm going to be honest - not a lot. But still, how would we feel if we want to sort of, forget about something and all everybody else wants to do is remind you of that very thing? I'm not saying that he shouldn't of spoken about it, there are still things that I would love to ask him now but I can understand why it might have got a bit too much for him at times.

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13 July 2012
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Like I said, I understand, but from journalist point of view he doesn't have much to ask.

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I've never met any of them personally, nor have I spoken and spent time with them. So I have no idea.

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stuart-sutcliffe? Ok, I realize he's not one of the fab four but... I have never heard anyone say a single bad thing about him, although some saintening processes may be at work, considering his circumstances. 

I remember answering Paul in a similar thread to this, and I haven't really changed my mind. Violence is a thing that immediately excludes both John and Ringo from my list, and where as George probably hasn't done something "extremely" horrendous, he doesn't really struck as a nice person to me per se, at least while in the Beatles. That hot dog thing really baffles me, though. Could it be that he was eating a soy hot-dog? If he was regular to that stand, it might be that they prepare some veggie hot-dogs for him. I'm not trying to defend him, I just really can't see a reason why he would crave for hot-dogs _that_ much. Are they really that good? a-hard-days-night-ringo-12It's been some years since I last ate one, though, so perhaps my memory is biased

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George and the Hotdog? Never heard that before.

 

And no youre not missing anything about Hotdogs. They are one of those foods that because they are so popular they should taste good but never do. Always feels like youre eating grit. Who knows what the heck they are made of as well - probably best not to.

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I think he meant Paul.

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First of all, I don't think this topic should be posted in George's forum (or any of the Beatles' individual forums, really) because that kind of already implies that the first poster was thinking we would all agree (or the majority of us would agree) that George was the nicest, doesn't it? Perhaps we can move this topic to the "Yesterday...and Today" forum instead, so as the answers aren't subconsciously biased?

As for the actual topic of who was the nicest Beatle, can any of us truly answer that? The story of Paul riding on his bicycle and waving /saying hello to Michael was really sweet; but I've read in many different places that John was quite the one for being polite to fans because he realized that without them, he would be nothing in the music industry. And it has also been mentioned by Ringo that although John may have been the "craziest", he could also have the biggest heart out of any of them. That being said, my vote still wouldn't go to John due to all of the rude comments and such he seemed to have a knack at making (but don't we love him for it!). I've seen Paul live, and the thing I remember most about his concert was that he was very personable--even tho he was performing in front of 50,000 fans! However, I don't think you necessarily have to be "nice" to pull that off: that can all be accredited to plain ol' good-fashioned showmanship. So while I have no doubt that Paul is a genuinely sweet man, I don't feel I would be able to judge his level of niceness very fairly since I haven't exactly sat down and chatted with him over a nice cup of tea. As far as George goes, I just can't see how someone who takes up a religion very much based around harmony can't not be nice. I mean, don't you kind of have to be nice and polite to people to find harmony in any situation? I know he was oftentimes very moody, but who isn't in a bad mood on some days? And having an occasional mood swing doesn't necessarily mean you're not an innately nice human being. As for dear old Ringo, I think he may have been rude to interviewers back in the day, but I've personally never seen a current interview in which he appears to be rude or bitter when being asked a Beatles question--or any other question. He seems very charming during his interviews nowadays. Very witty and warm-hearted. 

So after that lovely analysis, I've got squat. So I'll sum it up with something our dear Johnny said: "You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And The Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth." So much for niceness, eh?

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