The Beatles on Finishing Filming A Hard Day’s Night – Interview

The Beatles on Finishing Filming A Hard Day’s Night – Interview


Q: This is Gene Loving in London; with us
right now, a member of the fabulous Beatles, George Harrison. George, a lot of your fans
are discovering you’re singing some of the songs that they originally thought were done
by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, ’cause they always saw them singing when you made
your appearances in America. They never saw you before the microphone. But you do the
vocals on several of the records, don’t you? G: Yeah. Several. Q: Several. “Do You Want
To Know A Secret”, for one. G: Yeah. And “Beethoven”, and “Don’t Bother Me”, and… Q: Keep going.
G: “Chains”, and things. And on a lot of the others, anyway, “She Loves You”, and “Please
Please Me”, and… you know, we – and the other sides, you know, I’m there even though
you don’t notice me, kiddies. Q: He’s there, and in grand style. You just finished the
movie yesterday, didn’t you? G: Yeah. Yeah, that’s right. And it should be in America
about, um… the beginning of August. Q: What’s going to be the name of the show? G: “A Hard
Day’s Night”. Q: And that’s no joke? G: No, no joke. It may – sounds like a joke, but
it’s not. Q: Something a lot of people have been asking us, and that concerns the cars
that The Beatles drive, they’re interested in what they’re, you know, scooting around
in. What’s the story on that? G: Umm, well I’m the only one with a car. Not that the
others can’t afford cars, it’s just that they haven’t got licenses, you see, and I’m the
only one with a license, so… uh, but we… we have a chauffeur who drives us around when
we’re working, but when we’re not working, I just use my own car which is a Jag-u-ar.
A Jaguar. Q: Which is known as an XKE. Have you heard some of these car songs they have
out now, singing about the cars? G: Yeah, yeah. The Stingray and the XKE, or something…
Q: Yes. I have a Stingray, you have an XKE, we’ll have to get together sometime when you’re
in America and do it up. You’re coming back on tour… G: Yeah, in August. The end of
August, yeah. Q: And about twenty-five dates you will play altogether. G: Yeah, twenty-five
in thirty days. Help. Q: Good luck. You have about – and I don’t know, we were just talking
about this a moment ago – you have around fifteen definitely booked now, according to
the agents in America who are now handling the dates, and about ten more to go, and we
were hoping that possibly WGH would be able to do something on that, too. Uh, George,
just another quick question, ’cause I know you got to go for this big show that’s coming
up tomorrow, and that question concerns the show. This is going to be a fantastic concert
that’ll be happening on Sunday in England, isn’t it? G: Yeah. It’s, um… a show held
by a musical paper. It’s something like Billboard, it’s that sort of thing, only it’s called
the New Musical Express. And they give a concert every year with all the – the top stars who
win awards, and, um… just about everybody’s on it. You know, there’s a lot of people on
it who didn’t win awards, but who are sort of good to have on the contest. On – er, on
the concert. We were on it last year and we didn’t win a thing, you see, but they just
put us on because we’d made a couple of hit records, and we… Q: Yes. G: …we were a
bit odd, you see. Q: Yes, I – I understand the situation; you had just a couple of records
that were popular and they decided they should include you on the show. You got the award,
your group, The Beatles, for doing some fabulous songwriting, is this not correct? G: Uh…
oh, yeah, that’s not the – for the concert tomorrow, but we… Q: Yes, but this is something
else. G: Yeah, they got, um…. what were they called? Don’t know. ?: Ivor Novello
Awards. G: That’s right, Ivor Novello Awards we got for… we got about four or five of
those. Two were for songwriting, and two – no, that’s right, we got four. Two were for writing
the songs, and two were for the actual records being the best ones of the year or something.
Q: Congratulations. G: Thank you. Q: Hope to see you in America this summer. G: Okay,
we’ll see you. Q: The fabulous Beatles, and John Lennon.
John, understand you just finished the movie. J: Uh. yes. Q: “A Long Day’s Night”? J: “Hard
Day’s Night”. Q: “A Hard Day’s Night” – I thought George was joking last night when
he said the title of the movie because you always joke around, but this is the true title,
huh? J: Yeah, that’s the title, yeah. Q: Of all the songs that you all have recorded,
which one do you like the best? J: Oh, I don’t know, you know. Uh, I normally like the one
we’ve just recorded. Q: What is that? J: Well, the last one we did was the title song from
the film. Ah well. Well, you know, that’s the one I normally like best. Q: Whichever
one happens to be the latest one out. J: Yeah, well, you know, you – it’s the newest one
you – you know, it’s sort of new to you, so you like it best. Q: I understand that your
group, or you and Paul personally have been given a great reward because of your writing
skills. J: What – how do you – what kind of reward do you mean? Money? Q: Uh, you received
some – no, you’ve gotten quite a bit of money, but you were given an award for being a couple
of the best writers in the world, weren’t you? J: Oh, yeah, that’s right. Well, we couldn’t
be there, somebody took it for us, I remember. Ivor Novello Award, I think it was. Q: Yes.
Congratulations. J: Thanks very much. Q: Very very nice. A lot of the fans are always calling
and asking about your automobiles and what kind of cars you drive. Do you drive at all?
J: No, I don’t drive anything. I don’t need one, you know. Q: You don’t. J: No. Well,
I mean, I’d never get a chance to use it, you know. I’ll get one when I’m older.
Q: …drummer of the fabulous Beatles, Ringo Starr. Ringo, do you have a drummer that you
like to look up to, or that you watch? R: Um, no, not really. I like most of them, you
know, there’s no special one. I’ve never followed them, anyway, you know. Just keep playing’.
Q: The show that we’re seeing right now, here at Wembley, is something unusual. It features
just about all the top stars in England and in Britain. How do you feel about playing
on a show with so many other stars? Usually, you all do personal concerts, don’t you? R:
Yeah, well, even when we do a tour, there’s always some other stars on anyway, but we’re
a bit nervous, you know. It’s the first time we’ve played for two months, with making a
film and everything, so… we hope it goes all right. You feel better once you’re on
there, you know. Q: What about your return to the U.S.? Do you look forward to it? R:
Yeah, I can’t wait. Whoo!! Q: You enjoyed it before? R: Yeah, it was marvellous, you
know. Loved it. Fantastic time. Q: I hope that you can make it to Tidewater. We’ve put
in a bid for the tour when it comes back; about fifteen dates have been booked so far,
and about ten more are left, so good luck. You have about twenty-five shows in thirty
days. R: Yeah. The best part about this tour is that we see more of the States than last
time, ’cause we only went to Washington, New York, and Miami. So it’s good that we’ll see
a lot more. Q: Thank you, Ringo. R: Okay. Cheerio.
Q: Paul McCartney, member of the fabulous Beatles with us right now, he’s strumming
a little bit on the guitar, ready to go… P: No, he’s stopped. He’s stopped. Q: Oh,
he stopped, fine. The question, of course, that everybody has been asking is, are you
married? P: Uh, no, I’m not married, actually. You know, I – what more can I say? No, I’m
not. Definitely not. Not even engaged, nothing. I’ve got a girlfriend, but that’s about all.
Q: Thank you very much, Paul. P: Don’t mention it. -Q: The most famous drummer in the world
right now, Ringo Starr, with us. Ringo – R: Don’t say that. Q: Oh, well that’s true! Think
of the national television show you were on in the U.S. alone, and then this concert here
is being taped to be broadcast later across Britain, and probably most of Europe. [Rolling
Stones can be heard playing “I’m Alright” in the background] R: It’s all over the world,
this show’s going. Q: That’s right… R: Oh, no, not this show, but the ne- this show that
we’re doing, uh, we’re recording on Tuesday, is being – it’s going all over the world,
you know. This one is just for Britain, I think. Q: In America, there are many, many,
many recording stars. Do you have any favorite recording star or group in the U.S.? R: Oh,
there’s millions, you know, The Impressions, and The Shirelles, and… you know, there’s
so many… The Tams, all of them, you know. Hundreds of them. You just can’t name them
all, you know. Q: We got – I have around five hundred letters that came in one weekend for
The Beatles to the radio station. People write and ask questions, and of course I have no
way of answering without knowing. They ask things like favorite foods of The Beatles.
Do you have anything special if all of you went out to eat at once? R: We eat steak usually,
if we go out. Q: I see. R: Steak and chips. Egg and chips, beans, bacon. You know. Chicken.
Q: Do y’all eat regularly? R: Well, sometimes. Q: Sometimes. R: Yeah. Some days we eat regularly,
and some days we have a meal a day, or two meals a day, you know. Q: For recreation,
how can someone as famous as a member of The Beatles possibly be able to go out and do
what the average person does? R: We don’t go out, you know, and do what the average
person does. We have to stay in, or, you know, if we’re off we stay in all day anyway and
just play records, or when the TV starts we put that on, or, you know, we just amuse ourselves.
But we can go out to about – in London, there’s about three clubs we can go to where, you
know, it’s okay for us to go, it’s like show biz clubs, you know. Q: Bill Corbett, your
chauffeur last night, drove us in from the airport. R: Yeah. Q: He was pointing out a
theatre where the movie will be previewed, and he told us something I guess would be
a great, great honor for anyone, and that is the fact that the Queen will be attending
the premiere. R: No, the Queen isn’t attending the – Q: She isn’t? R: He’s got it wrong.
It’s Princess Margaret. Q: Princess Margaret. R: Yeah. Q: Okay, I’m glad you straightened
that out. R: Heh, heh, it’s all right. Q: Well good luck, good luck on getting into
the theatre that night. R: Well, it’s not up to u- well, you know, the police will fix
it up. They’ll have some idea, you know, what’s happening. Q: There are ten thousand people
in this auditorium right now, there must be another ten thousand outside. What is the
story on your police escorts? R: We just came in in a small van. You know, boarded up, and
we just drove in like workers. You know, we just sat in the back and the police drove
us in in plain clothes. Q: We came in with George Harrison’s mother, and there were so
many people who recognized her and were banging on the car. R: Yeah. Q: Doesn’t this bother
you after a while? R: Well, it doesn’t bother me that they bang on Mrs. Harrison’s car!
Q: Ha ha! That’s very good. Ringo, thank you very much, good luck in the concert. R: Thanks
a lot.

6 thoughts on “The Beatles on Finishing Filming A Hard Day’s Night – Interview

  • I'm 64 (really) and a musician for forty years. It was years before I discovered how astonishingly good and way ahead these guys were. George's phrasing and hybrid-style picking is still unique and Ringo's drumming was absolutely compositional and ground-breaking. That's for starts. They get better every year(!)

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