At 1pm The Beatles and their entourage returned to London Airport from Le Bourget, Paris, following their often three-week residency at the Olympia Theatre, Paris.
Upon their arrival The Beatles were greeted by around 100 screaming fans, after which they gave their customary press conference.
Q: What was the reaction like in France?
George Harrison: The audiences were a bit funny, you see. There were more boys than girls, and we missed the good old screams. But you know, there were quite a lot of shouts.
Q: You mean they actually listened to you? That’s the difference, is it?
Q: What’s the French electrical supply like over there?
Paul: It’s good actually. Oh, the equipment’s great. But on the first night, as you may know, we had a bit of trouble. Because we suddenly found there was a radio program just sort of plugging into everything, and it overloaded all the amps and everything. They just went, ‘Boomf!’
Ringo Starr: Three times.
Paul: ‘Boomf’, ‘boomf’.
Q: What’s the sort of stuff they like over there on the hit parade?
Paul: “Um, wilder stuff I think. We stuck in a wilder number to finish off with.
John: Gone With The Wind.
Paul: Gone With The… (laughs)
Q: They go for the Elvis Presley kind of stuff, there, do they? I mean, do they go for the older rock and roll stuff?
Paul: I think so, yeah, a bit more. It depended really who was in.
Q (to Ringo): I hear that you are going to give us some poetry recitals.
Ringo: Beethoven’s poems.
Q: When’s this? At the City of London Festival?
Ringo: Yeah, yeah. He knows, you see. It’s a secret! Don’t tell anybody!
Q: What poems?
Ringo: Beethoven’s. Remember him? Beethoven.
Q: Looking forward to this American trip, have you had any reaction over there? Have you got any fan clubs going as we speak?
Ringo: Well, there’s one supposed to be started and they’re getting quite a good response, you know. Twelve thousand letters a day!
Q: But the Beatle movement’s going over there?
Ringo: Yeah. So you needn’t be a Beatle Booster, folks!
Q: I must tell you, by the way, that Detroit University have got a ‘Stamp Out The Beatles’ movement.
George: I know, yeah.
John: Yeah, we heard something about that.
Paul: We’ve got a ‘Stamp Out Detroit!’
Q: They think your haircuts are un-American.
John: Well, it was very observant of them because we aren’t American, actually.
Paul: True, that.
John: True, true.
Also on this day...
- 1996: Press release for Real Love
- 1970: Recording: Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing by Ringo Starr
- 1969: Mixing: I’ve Got A Feeling, Don’t Let Me Down, Get Back, One After 909, Dig A Pony
- 1968: Ringo Starr rehearses for Cilla Black’s television show
- 1967: Filming: Penny Lane
- 1963: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Doncaster
- 1962: Live: Kingsway Club, Southport
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Blair Hall, Liverpool
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