paul hoffmann

The Beatles clowning around next to their band van, outside the BBC Paris Theatre, London, 4 April 1963

Photo: Dezo Hoffmann (?)

“We laughed a lot. That’s one thing we forgot about for a few years - laughing. When we went through all the lawsuits, it looked as if everything was bleak, but when I think back to before that, I remember we used to laugh all the time…” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology [x]

Scan - “A famous picture of a famous picture being taken. This shot was eventually used on the cover of Life magazine. They couldn’t believe that [the] photographer was using flash in the middle of the day,” as Dezo Hoffmann recalled.

Photo: Dezo Hoffmann

“It was a Thursday, and we were out doing stuff. My mom told us we weren’t going to school the next day. Then she told us what was going on and said we couldn’t tell anybody. You want to act cool, like you’re not fazed, but inside it’s pretty much, ‘Wow, the Beatles are in my house!’… They were just real playful. They were like kids.” - Linda Pollak-Sullivan, who was 15 years old when LIFE arranged for The Beatles to visit her family’s house in Miami; quoted in LIFE Reunion Special, 1995