“Whatever music you like to listen to, if it was written after 1 June 1967 then more likely than not it will have been influenced, one way or another, by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” - Howard Goodall
You’re on holiday with [George] and every morning he’d say, ‘Oh, come and see the trees’. ‘Okay, yeah’. And then the next day, ‘Oh, come and see the trees’. ‘Yeah, okay’. And then, ‘Come and see…’ ‘I’ve seen your bloody trees!’
PAUL: We’d be idiots to say it isn’t a constant inspiration to be making a lot of money. It is to anyone. Why do business tycoons stay tycoons?
RINGO: We used to get in the car, and I’d look over at John and say, “Christ, you’re a bloody phenomenon!”and laugh - ‘cause it was only him.
GEORGE: Ringo and I are gettin’ married to each other. But that’s a thing you better keep a secret. People would probably think we’re queers.
JOHN: If you say you’re non-religious, people assume you’re antireligious. We’re not sure what we are, but we’re more agnostic then atheistic.
Interesting quotes from the boys from an interview in Playboy Magazine, from the February 1965 issue. I don’t know what George’s is about! I think he’s going to be disappointed though, as Ringo was about to marry Maureen at the time!
“That necklace has a story. My auntie bought it for me but when we were
in New York, kids jumped on our backs and stole it. I went on Cousin
Brucie’s radio show and said, ‘I’ll give you a kiss if you bring me back
my necklace’. A girl turned up with the necklace, so I gave her a kiss,
and I’ve still got it.”
The Beatles at the press call prior to the next day’s Our World global satellite broadcast, which featured their performance of “All You Need Is Love,” 24 June 1967. Photos: Mirrorpix; Jane Bown; Leslie Bryce/The Beatles Book.
“Karma is: what you sow, you reap. Like John said in ‘All You Need Is Love’: ‘There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be,’ because you yourself have carved out your own destiny by your previous actions.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology [x]
“I think the bad thing about some groups is, you know the lead guitarist likes to be the star and the drummer likes to be the star, and also the singer’s out there in the front, you know. who is the star of the group, and that’s all wrong I think. With us we try, and everybody is a bit of, you know, one whole.” - George, Pop Profile, 1965
The Beatles conduct press interviews and photos on the train to Washington, 11th February, 1964.
“When we got on the train, the press told us why we got such a great reception in New York. They said, ‘Ah, we came to kill you, but you gave as good as you got and we love that.’ They has come to shoot us down and has an attitude of shouting at us, but ‘Hey! We’re from Liverpool! We shout back!’ They couldn’t believe that this band had come over and were shouting at them! That’s how they came to love us when they’d actually come out to nail us. Besides, we did have a number one and we were doing The Ed Sullivan Show, so that helped. But our attitudes were sort of similar and that’s how we became friends with everybody.” [Ringo, Photograph, 2013]
These are some of my favourite pictures of the boys. There are loads more here!
George Harrison and Ringo Starr, 1990. Photo: Getty Images.
“At a private reception Saturday at artist Shepard Fairey’s
Subliminal Projects gallery in Echo Park, Starr was perusing the lyrics
to one of the previously unpublished songs included in the new volume,
one that name-checked him, ‘Hey Ringo.’After smiling at a rhyme
about ‘my guitar sounds so bare/when your drums aren’t there,’ the
75-year-old drummer became choked with emotion by the next line: ‘Hey
Ringo, there’s one thing that I’ve not said/I’ll play guitar with you
till I drop dead.’‘I’m sorry,’ he said, his eyes misting and turning back toward his wife, actress Barbara Bach.” - Los Angeles Times, 24 February 2017
“The book includes a handful of lyrics never recorded, including something from the early Seventies called ‘Hey Ringo,’ which includes the line: ‘Hey Ringo, there’s one thing that I’ve not said/I’ll play my guitar with you till I drop dead.’
'I was really moved because I’d never seen it,’ Ringo Starr told Rolling Stone, minutes after seeing the song for the first time during a weekend VIP celebration of the book at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles. 'He was my best friend. I had two other great friends, and three brothers. We were pals.’” - Rolling Stone, 2 March 2017
“'There was a folder in George’s piano bench and inside I found a typed lyric for Hey, Ringo. It think it dates from around 1970,’ Olivia Harrison said. She also said she believed he had recorded music for the track on a home cassette.
She added that the piano bench was 'the stool Billy Preston (Beatles organist) used to leap about on when he played with George.’ Olivia Harrison gave a copy of the lyrics to Starr at a party in Los Angeles commemorating her husband’s 74th birthday in February. She said: 'He’d never seen this song before. He said "What is this?” He was so surprised.’“ - NME, 17 June 2017
“I’ve had a lot of time to think, and only now am I beginning to realize many of the things I should have known years ago. I’m getting to understand my own feelings. Don’t forget that under this frilly shirt is a hundred-year-old man who’s seen and done so much, but at the same time knowing so little.”
- John Lennon (Sgt Pepper Launch Party 5/19/1967)
On the plane from Montreal to Jacksonville, Florida, after the concert, Ringo, who was normally ill-at-ease on planes, relaxed and threw a cushion at someone. Immediately a pillow fight ensued with all the first-class pillows winging through the air.
Suddenly a voice came over the intercom, “You’re behaving like a bunch of children. This plane is in danger of crashing unless you sit quietly. It is vital that you fasten your seat belts …” Everyone froze, then returned to their seats and quietly fastened themselves in.
Then Paul appeared, returning to his seat, a huge grin on his face at pulling one over on his mates.
September 8 1966
// The Beatles Diary Volume 1: The Beatles Years //Barry Miles