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What was Phil Spector doing on the Beatles' first flight to America?
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15 December 2011
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The Phil Spector entry here is interesting, but I've wondered for a while now: Why was Phil on the same flight as the Beatles when they made their first U.S. visit?  Was it sheerly coincidence? Did he go along just to be part of the scene? Did he have designs on producing the Fabs?

 

Has anyone read an incredible accounts on this specifically? Everything I see just says "Phil was on the flight," but not why.

16 December 2011
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Have not heard that before... I'd be curious to know the source(s). That would be rather incredible on a number of levels!

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16 December 2011
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Damn. I read something about this quite recently, but can't remember where. If it comes back to me I'll pass on the info. I presume you know the story about him being so nervous of flying that he paced up and down the aeroplane throughout the flight - Ringo quipped that he'd "walked to America".

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16 December 2011
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In Olivia's book that accompanied George Harrison: Living in the Material World, there were pictures of Phil taken by George while on that flight.

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16 December 2011
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OMGOMGOMG!!!a-hard-days-night-ringo-6paul-mccartneya-hard-days-night-ringo-6 PICK ME! PICK ME! I HAVE THE AWNSER!!! This is crazy how this happened, but I got a book about the Beatles out of my school library and am reading it for fun, and I just came accrost this! 

 

The eccentric Spector had taken the Beatles flight rather than the one with his own group, the Ronettes, which included his girlfriend and future wife. It was said he was terrified of flying and had convinced himself the odds were lower that something might happen to the Beatles' plane.

 

So far, the book is pretty good (even though I already know like 70% of the stuff in it) Its called "Meet the Beatles" by Steven D. Stark. (this perticular quote was on page 15, FYI)

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Great find Mrs.McCarrison. Fantastic to have an answer to this as i had no idea he was even on the plane.

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Mrs.McCarrison said:

OMGOMGOMG!!!a-hard-days-night-ringo-6paul-mccartneya-hard-days-night-ringo-6 PICK ME! PICK ME! I HAVE THE AWNSER!!! This is crazy how this happened, but I got a book about the Beatles out of my school library and am reading it for fun, and I just came accrost this! 

 

The eccentric Spector had taken the Beatles flight rather than the one with his own group, the Ronettes, which included his girlfriend and future wife. It was said he was terrified of flying and had convinced himself the odds were lower that something might happen to the Beatles' plane.

 

So far, the book is pretty good (even though I already know like 70% of the stuff in it) Its called "Meet the Beatles" by Steven D. Stark. (this perticular quote was on page 15, FYI)

Well done, Mrs.McCarrison! Take 3 apples out of petty cash.

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Ha, never heard that!

Isn't there another Spector/Beatles anecdote about Phil being super-jealous and protective of Ronnie and not wanting to leave her alone on a flight with the Beatles?

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Mrs.McCarrison said:

OMGOMGOMG!!!a-hard-days-night-ringo-6paul-mccartneya-hard-days-night-ringo-6 PICK ME! PICK ME! I HAVE THE AWNSER!!! This is crazy how this happened, but I got a book about the Beatles out of my school library and am reading it for fun, and I just came accrost this! 

 

Fantastic Mrs McCarrison!! You deserve 3 apples!! apple01apple01apple01 A Martin!! george-martin and a Mal!! mal-evans

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16 December 2011
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Great story!

So he was there at the beginning - and then again at the very end.

I wonder if he's written about this. He certainly would have the time now.

You definitely get a Mal from memal-evans

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16 December 2011
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Thanks, good info. It sounds a tad mythical, but maybe the best answer we can get.

 

Regarding the Ronettes, they were in NYC when the Beatles arrived. If you watch the First U.S. Visit documentary, Ronnie is in it with Murray the K and the Ronettes reported visited the Fabs at the Plaza.

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Thanks Mrs.McHarrison! I didn't know Spector was even on the flight. Thanks for that piece of info. You get apples from me! apple01apple01

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