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!’
If John and George were still here it’s highly likely we would’ve had a Beatles reunion. I think we would’ve mellowed to the point where we would’ve said, “Come on, let’s do it.” The thing was whenever we got together, no matter if we were arguing, we played great. We knew each other so well…. We were like hands in a glove.
Paul McCartney, Daily Express, 11th October 2011.
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!
“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
Ringo Starr and George Harrison, Friar Park, 1978/1979. Photo: Nancy Lee Andrews.
“Ringo and I went to visit [George] and Olivia at Friar Park in 1979. They were so happy. Olivia cooked a delicious dinner, he played the guitar and we wandered around that huge mansion while he told us its history. He opened a door, I think it was in the kitchen and handed us candles and told us to follow him. I thought, Oh, we’re going to the spooky cellar but the stairs kept going down and down and finally we landed on a flat surface. I looked, and couldn’t believe what I saw… it was a cave complete with stylolites. Walkways through a cavern. There was even a stream running through it! I had my camera with me and we had a hilarious time shooting with and without the flash. I have so many incredible pictures of us in that cave.
After that we settled in his study/music room and he handed me a bowl of rubies… big ones, small ones that were all cabachons. It was days before my birthday and he said to pick what ever I want and have something made. While he and Ringo talked and played the guitar I settled in front of the fireplace and designed a necklace with lots of hanging rubies. One of those nights I’ll never forget.” - Nancy Lee Andrews, beatlesite.blogspot.com, 2008
“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.”
Q: “A psychiatrist recently said you’re nothing but a bunch of British Elvis Presleys.” JOHN: “He must be blind.” RINGO: (shaking like Elvis) “It’s not true!! It’s not true!!” JOHN: (dances like Elvis)
Ringo would always say grammatically incorrect phrases and we’d all laugh. I remember when we were driving back to Liverpool from Luton up the M1 motorway in Ringo’s Zephyr, and the car’s bonnet hadn’t been latched properly. The wind got under it and blew it up in front of the windscreen. We were all shouting, ‘Aaaargh!’ and Ringo calmly said, 'Don’t worry, I’ll soon have you back in your safely-beds.