Q: I’d like to ask George Harrison about having a nightclub named after your hair. Are you thrilled?
George Harrison: Well, I was until I saw the nightclub.
John Lennon: How about that?
Paul McCartney: How about a hand for that boy! A big hand! What a show!
Q: I’d like to ask Ringo: I understand that you like country and western music, and I was wondering if The Beatles have any plans for recording in Nashville?
Ringo Starr: I do like country and western, and we have no plans of recording in Nashville.
Q: Does George like classical Spanish music?
George Harrison: Yeah.
Q: Do the rest of you like any classical music?
Ringo Starr: Classical rock and roll.
George Harrison: The thing is, I like it but I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning and put it on, you know. It’s only certain times I can listen to it.
Paul McCartney: We all like different kinds of music. Only, sort of, bits of it. A bit of Tchaikovsky here and there, you know.
Q: Where do John and Paul get their ideas for writing songs?
John Lennon: Out of John and Paul’s heads.
Q: If The Beatles could attend someone else’s concert what artists would they go and see?
John Lennon: There’s lots of them, you know.
Paul McCartney: At the Apollo or something like that.
John Lennon: Like, to go to the Apollo and see everybody that goes there.
Q: I have a question for all The Beatles here. If you were sitting at home listening to record albums of other recording artists, who are some of the American recording artists that you prefer?
John Lennon: Otis Redding is one.
George Harrison: Yeah.
Paul McCartney: James Brown.
John Lennon: There’s lots of them.
George Harrison: Nina Simone.
Paul McCartney: Chuck Jackson.
George Harrison: There’s hundreds of them.
John Lennon: Many, many.
Q: What do you think of Elvis Presley?
John Lennon: We liked his early stuff, you know.
Paul McCartney: We liked it a lot more than the stuff that he does now.
John Lennon: We still play his…
Paul McCartney: He was wilder then, you know, and he’s gone a bit middle-aged. You know the image. You know what I mean. We still like him, though.
Q: Is this The Beatles’ last tour?
The Beatles: No.
Q: Of America?
The Beatles: No.
Q: I heard something about Nashville. Did you say you were not going to record there?
Ringo Starr: There’s no plans to record there.
George Harrison: There’s no point of us recording anywhere else, you know. I mean, we’d probably end up with the same sound wherever we record, you know, so what’s the point?
Q: Do the Nashville music companies, do they send you their material or do you ask them to, like Carl Perkins stuff?
John Lennon: We just bought that years ago when it was out, you know.
Paul McCartney: We just do it ’cause we’ve got the records.
Q: I’d like to ask any Beatle, what do you think of the groups – American or otherwise – copying your style, hair, and your style of music?
John Lennon: We don’t mind. It’s no worse than the British ones doing it.
Q: Who is your A & R man?
John Lennon: George Martin.
George Harrison: It’s written on the back of every album.
John Lennon (to George): He doesn’t own the albums, he just wants to know.
George Harrison: Well, you gotta buy some.
After the press conference The Beatles were presented with the key to Atlanta by the mayor, Ivan Allen, who proclaimed them honorary citizens.
Also on this day...
- 2010: Paul McCartney live at Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh
- 2009: Paul McCartney live at BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- 1969: Recording, mixing: Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight, The End
- 1966: Live: Suffolk Downs Racetrack, Boston
- 1964: Travel: London to San Francisco
- 1963: Live: Princess Theatre, Torquay
- 1963: Television: Summer Spin
- 1962: Live: Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight – Ringo Starr’s first official show as a Beatle
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: The Beatles’ second day in Hamburg
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