George Harrison filmed his solo scene for A Hard Day’s Night on this morning at Twickenham Film Studios.
There was one piece of dialogue where I say, ‘Oh, I’m not wearing that – that’s grotty!’ [Scriptwriter] Alun Owen made that up; I didn’t. People have used that word for years now. It was a new expression: grotty – grotesque.
I suppose he thought that being from Liverpool, he knew our kind of humour. If there was something we really didn’t like, I don’t suppose we would have done it – though by the time we got to Help! (in 1965) we were cocky enough to change the dialogue as we liked. Alun wrote a scene about us being harassed by the press – which was a real part of our daily duty. They would ask things like, ‘How did you find America?’ and we’d say, ‘Turn left at Greenland.’
Also on this day...
- 2016: Paul McCartney live at Save Mart Center, Fresno, California
- 2016: Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina show over anti-LGBT law
- 2012: World première of Paul McCartney’s My Valentine videos
- 1966: Recording, mixing: Love You To, Paperback Writer
- 1965: Recording: Help!
- 1965: Radio: Pop Inn
- 1965: Paul McCartney buys 7 Cavendish Avenue, London
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1963: Television: The 625 Show – The Beatles’ first national TV appearance
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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