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Who Was The Nicest Beatle!
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2 August 2012
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I've read a lot of accounts from Beatles insiders who said Ringo was by far the nicest member of the band.   I think John was quoted as describing Ringo as "just as nice as he seems to be", or something like that.    As for the others, Paul is probably the one with the most charm -- he seems to use it in a rather controlled, PR sort of way, from what I gather, but nevertheless, he's nicer than the most successful musician in pop history needs to be.  

As for George -- even one of his closest friends, Tom Petty, told ROLLING STONE magazine that "let's face it, there was a cranky George, and if he thought you deserved it, he'd let you have it" (or words to that effect).    And George clearly had issues dealing with fame and all the trappings of being a "public idol".   There was a story in ROLLING STONE just after George died that I thought was interesting -- it was from writer Anthony De Curtis, who described a photo shoot the magazine was doing shortly after the release of CLOUD NINE in 1987.  George was grumpy and the photographer's wife was trying to get him pumped up by saying "Don't you want to be on the cover of the ROLLING STONE??" -- at which point, George brings the entire shoot to a halt, glares at her and says "Can I possibly explain to you how little that means to me..... I've been on every magazine cover there is... I couldn't care less".   Certainly doesn't sound like a nice guy to me... yet moments later, when the shoot wrapped up and everyone, including De Curtis, bolted from the room, George chased after him and said "I hope you weren't offended by that -- that was for THEIR benefit".   Hmmm.. maybe he was a nice guy after all, but just had limits as to how far he could be pushed around.   It really seems to depend on who's telling the story about George.   Philip Norman in the book SHOUT describes Harrison as relentlessly crabby and miserable (count how many times you read "unsmiling" in that book, as it refers to George).   But others who knew him well (such as Tony Barrow in his book a few years ago) have described him as a very warm individual, with a droll sense of humour.  


And as for John -- well.. as someone else in this thread said, John himself likely wouldn't have described himself as the nicest Beatle.  "Mercurial" is probably a better word. 

But I gotta tell ya --  I'd have loved to have met all four and made my own judgements.

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3 August 2012
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I'm biased, but I'll say it's between Paul and Ringo. Paul enjoys people. He's sort of an extroverted introvert. I think you would have fun talking with him and hanging out. He would remember details and respond without being crabby. I would never want to work for him, though. All the stories I've ever read about Paul being a bastard usually have to do with someone telling him what to do in the studio. I wouldn't want to be the person to tell Paul no because I imagine it would be a tough task. He seems like a genuinely caring person, though. He helps people, like paying for Horst Fascher's (sp?) daughter's surgeries and Neil Aspinall's cancer treatment. And then there's this (from tumblr):

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It was noon on a warm Monday in early July (July 2nd to be exact) and due to the impending holiday, one of the quietest weeks on even the busiest New York streets. I was on a lunch break from work and making my way to a dentist appointment. At the northwest corner of 5th Ave and 54th St, a man in shorts and a t-shirt exits a tinted SUV on 5th Ave and walks just a few feet in front of me, down 54th St. On the phone with my sister, I say, “Holy Sh*t! Paul McCartney just walked past me!” My sister responds, “Follow him and get a picture!” In somewhat of shock, I continue in the opposite direction of Sir Paul McCartney.

After a block, I realize that I need to see where Paul was going, pull myself together and get a picture with him (and maybe even exchange a few words). When in my life would I have this chance?!? I walk briskly back to 54th St, make a right and see him ahead. The street is quiet and only a duo ahead realize that Paul McCartney is in their presence. I am just steps behind him, with my iPhone camera application open and ready, when Paul turns to a man who is seemingly homeless (and overdressed in this extreme heat), bends down, smiles and speaks to him for a minute (I did not see whether money was handed over or not). The man, smiling, says a few words in response. I stood there, mesmerized by the moment, the juxtaposition — one of the wealthiest men in the world, alone on this hot New York City day, taking a moment to say ‘hi’ to someone on the streets that may not have a penny to their name.

This exchange was the perfect representation of compassion -  social class or status did not matter, as it should not. I wanted to share this image and story because humanity can (continue) to learn from Sir McCartney. And, if you’re wondering, I couldn’t interrupt the moment and therefore I didn’t end up getting my picture with Paul, but this image will do just fine."

Brings a tear to me eye, I tell ya.

Ringo just seems like a good guy. I wouldn't want to cross him, either, though.

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4 August 2012
Into the Sky with Diamonds
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Kedame said, "You must now tell me this story. You can't do something like that to a Paul superfan. I must know what you know."

So... the semi-intentional encounter took place at  McCartney's in-laws, specifically in their kitchen. A friend of mine is (was) related to Linda, and we were hanging out in the kitchen when Paul and Linda arrived. They were driving a very modest car, which surprised me.

There was the shaking of hands (I contemplated how long I could go without washing them), my friend chit-chatted with Paul and Linda, I might have mumbled something here or there, and that was it. Paul and Linda disappeared into the house.

But I had shaken hands with my main childhood hero, so it was a big day.

The unintentional encounter took place years before that. Long Island (next to New York City) has many long beautiful beaches. People congregate near the parking lots, so there are long stretches of deserted, beautiful sand. One day, I decided to jog between Georgica Beach and Main Beach. Other than for the occasional jogger, the mid-point between the two beaches was deserted.

In the distance, a man was at the water's edge playing with a toddler. As I passed him, a bigger wave washed up; the man pulled the toddler out of the water and in doing so brushed up against me.

'Scuse me.

'Scuse me.   British accent.

Without breaking stride, I looked back. My heart must have skipped a beat as I realized who'd just bumped into me! Looking up where the beach met up with the trees I saw a cluster of people.  Family and bodyguards? I assumed so.

The toddler was James, which gives you the approximate date.

Voila; 'tis my story.

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4 August 2012
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So it was the evil plot by OP all those years ago 

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The Beatles were only humans...

Ringo is very easy going (at least when he was in the Beatles).

John Lennon being nice before 1975? LOL

Paul is very nice to fans, but as a Beatle, he was very controlling.

George is my favorite, so of course I picture him in my mind as a wonderful person. In interviews, Astrid, Klaus, and Jurgen talked about how nice he was, but he had an angry side to him.

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14 November 2012
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thewordislove94 said
The Beatles were only humans...

Ringo is very easy going (at least when he was in the Beatles).

John Lennon being nice before 1975? LOL

Paul is very nice to fans, but as a Beatle, he was very controlling.

George is my favorite, so of course I picture him in my mind as a wonderful person. In interviews, Astrid, Klaus, and Jurgen talked about how nice he was, but he had an angry side to him.

I agree. George I feel was the nicest. Just watch some of his interviews on youtube. He always has something profound to say. There is always a spiritual message. He seems to be so honest and deep with his beliefs. Very grounded.

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thewordislove94 said 
John Lennon being nice before 1975? LOL

I just laughed aloud to that, man. a-hard-days-night-john-6 John is my favorite, but even I'm aware of how much of a prick he could be...early days included!

"I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know? I'm just one of those people."
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