Those of us in the UK can watch these brief interviews with Brian Epstein and Maureen Cleave from a 1964 edition of the BBC's Panorama. I suspect there's an IP restriction for people elsewhere.
It's a fascinating look at how things have changed in the years since. Cleave: "They [The Beatles] rather like the fact he [Epstein] has a Bentley, and a Jaguar, and a coloured manservant. They like the riches and glamour that his life seems to have."
At the end there's a shot at the end of a band recording in Studio Two, Abbey Road . Is it Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas? Gerry and the Pacemakers? The lyrics go "Walk the streets at night/Looking for someone" – I can only find a reggae version of the song by Derrick Harriott.
For those who are interested, the 15-minute Panorama item first went out on 30 March 1964, and also had interviews with Cilla Black and Gerry Marsden, plus stock footage of The Beatles in America and arriving at an airport, and Ringo being mobbed outside his house and running to George's car. There's also a shot of Prince Philip presenting an award to them on stage on 23 March 64. I haven't got the whole clip but was able to do a bit of background research.
14 October 2009
Fascinating clip Joe! What a brilliant quote from Eppy "Sometimes I don't think I'm ruthless enough [in business]". If ever there was a home truth, that was one of the biggest!
And that end bit in the studio - wouldn't say it was either. The
vocalist had rather a distinctive non-Liverpudlian sound to my ears.
"If we feel our heads starting to swell.....we just look at Ringo!"
12 November 2009
Oh I'm glad you can see it outside the UK. The BBC tends to encode all clips with a UK IP limit, as people elsewhere don't fund the corporation's video costs, and the rights issues can be very complicated for other territories.
I'll add an Epstein smiley. Leave it with me. Any others? George Martin should really have one. Maybe I'll leave it at that - I don't want loads of non-J, P, G + R ones.