“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.”
“This band was like… They were like a single person. It was an odd phenomena, in fact, that they seemed to move together and think together. It was almost like a little family unit.” - Eric Clapton, Living in the Material World
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)
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!
The Beatles rehearsing at The Cavern on 22nd August, 1962 - Part Two.
“There were quite a few drummers around Liverpool and I used to go home and tell Paul about Ringo. I often saw him play with Rory Storm. …With Rory he was a very inventive drummer. He goes around the drums like crazy. He doesn’t just hit them – he invents sounds.”
[Mike McCartney, 1983]
These photos are the first photos of the final Beatles line up, Ringo having joined the band officially only a few days earlier.
Photos: Bill Connell & Les Chadwick (most, if not all, probably).
“I’d like to say thank you to all the Beatle people who have written to
me during the year and everybody who sent gifts and cards for my
birthday, which I’m trying to forget, in October. I’d love to
reply personally to everybody but I just haven’t enough pens.” - John Lennon, The Beatles Christmas Record (1963)
TOP: George photographed by Nigel Parry, BOTTOM: Abbey Road Studios, June 1967
INT: Do you think that music can change the world?
GEORGE: I think it can change people and people can change the world. But I don’t believe that you know… The Beatles did a lot to change the consciousness of a generation. Or even of a couple generations because that was the thing that seems to be. The Beatles were liked by the kids and their parents, even some grandparents. And it did have an effect on a lot of people’s consciousness. Not enough to change the world. It might have changed the world to some individuals.” - George, Swedish TV, 1990
”I decided I’d like to enter art college if we flopped in show business. I got my GCE in art, and I’m still very interested in the subject. I often sketch when we’re on tour – when I’m not writing songs or go-karting! That’s the big rage for me these days, go-karting. We were doing some of it recently and now I’m thinking of taking it up in a big way.” -
Paul McCartney, 1963
Scans - A postcard from George and Olivia (featuring a self-portrait of their shadows) sent to Ringo in February 1978, scanned from Ringo’s Postcards From The Boys (originally posted a few years ago: here).
Written by George, it reads:
Lots of love from Hawaii….. George + Olivia ॐ †
Ringo Starr: “This is from George and Olivia in Hawaii - what a great shot. It’s actually a home-made shot of their shadows. It’s cool. This was at Woodrow Wilson when I lived in Los Angeles in ‘78. This was the house that burned down.
It was when I was doing my television special Ognir Rats and George came to play a part. But before he arrived he had an accident on a mountain in Maui. He’d fallen on his face but he still came because that was what he was like.”