David Coleman: George, how do you like being described as the Prime Minister’s secret weapon?
George Harrison: It’s great, yeah. The thing is, I didn’t get the bit where they said, ‘Earning all these dollars for Britain.’ Like, are we sharing it out or something?
DC: But we’re told that you’ve come back from America millionaires.
Paul McCartney: No, you’re kidding.
John Lennon: Next time.
DC: Now what about Miami? I mean, you were in the millionaire’s playground.
Ringo Starr: Oh, that was marvelous, Miami!
DC: You lived well, did you?
Paul: Yeah. Well, we borrowed these houses, you see. These people rang up and said, ‘Do you want our house, lad?’ So we said, ‘By gum, we do!’
Paul: And we went across there, and we all water-skied, and fishing.
Ringo: He caught a monster!
DC: How did it compare with New Brighton?
Paul: With New Brighton? It wasn’t as sunny, of course, as New Brighton.
Ringo: Of course, we missed the docks.
John: And the people didn’t have as much money.
George: And there was more oil on the sand in Miami.
DC: We’d like to hear what you thought about Mr [Cassius] Clay.
John: Very tall.
Ringo: Oh, he’s a big lad.
Paul: He’s a great laugh, more than anything. He’s a big lad.
George: He’s gonna get Sonny Liston in three.
John: He said.
Ringo: So he said.
Paul: That’s what he said. I don’t think he will, though.
DC: I hear you were creeping up to Harry Carpenter in the training camp, Paul, and whispering things to him.
Paul: Yeah. Well you see, the only thing was, he asked me who was going to win. And I would have told him out that I thought Liston was gonna win.
John: You coward!
Paul: I’m a coward! And it was in Clay’s camp, you see, and there was all these big fellas around. I had to whisper, you know.
John, singing: Liston, do you want to know a secret?
Ringo: Plugging, you know. We’re still trying to sell!
DC: How did Clay compare with you?
Ringo: He’s bigger than all of us put together.
DC: We’re told that he was acting in a way that even the Beatles couldn’t match.
Paul: Yeah. He was, actually.
Ringo: He was good.
John: He was saying, ‘I’s beautiful, and you’s beautiful, too!’
Paul: Yeah, he’s a showman.
Ringo: Oh, definitely.
DC: Well now that you’re back, you’re out of the top 10 for the first time for a long time. What about it?
Paul: Er, I don’t know.
John: What do you suggest?
DC: Have you got anything on the way?
John: We could go straight, couldn’t we?
George: I’m going to try tap dancing.
Paul: And Ringo’s doing comedy on the high wire.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Coliseo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
- 1994: US album release: Strawberries Oceans Ships Forest by The Fireman (Paul McCartney and Youth)
- 1972: Wings live: Swansea University
- 1971: US single release: Another Day by Paul McCartney
- 1970: Recording, mixing: That Would Be Something, Valentine Day, Every Night, Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney
- 1969: Recording: I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
- 1967: Recording, mixing: A Day In The Life
- 1965: The Beatles fly to the Bahamas to film Help!
- 1963: Live: Oasis Club, Manchester
- 1961: Live: Hambleton Hall, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
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Love that vintage Lennonism, “Liston, do you want to know a secret?”
“Tomorrow never knows,” pronounces Ringo at this press conference — two years before the phrase is immortalized in song!
I am trying to clarify my memory. When the band returned to the UK after their first trip to America, did they arrive on a BEA flight with a placard reading TLES attached to the side of the aircraft next to the BEA logo? The video on YouTube shows a Pan-Am jet but I think this be after their return from their first proper concert tour. Comments please.
Can anyone clarify my memory please? After the Beatle’s first visit to America, did they return on a BEA aircraft with a placard attached to the side of the aircraft with TLES on it and placed next to the BEA logo? There’s a video on YouTube showing them returning on a Pan-Am jet but I think this must be after their second visit which was a proper concert tour.