ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW:
On February 10th 1964, after breaking American television ratings records with their first
appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show the night before, the Beatles again met with the
In the following interviews, part of a day-long press conference consisting of one-on-one meetings with the press, both CBS News and the Associated Press asked the Beatles about a negative
review of their Sullivan performance by a professional music critic. Once again, the Beatles
showed they could charm not only the American public, but also the American press
with their humor. These brief interviews were filmed by CBS-TV and the Associated Press in the Terrace Room of the Plaza
Hotel in New York City.
As a bit of historical trivia, the Beatles are asked in passing about their opinions of the Keeler/Profumo affair. This was a recent sex scandal, involving a British model and a British government minister, which would disgrace the then-current conservative government in Britain.
The next day, the Beatles would travel to Washington D.C. for their February 11th performance at Washington Coliseum, their first American concert.
- Jay Spangler, www.beatlesinterviews.org
Associated Press interview:
Q: "Your program was reviewed by a music critic, and uhh..."
RINGO: (comically exaggerated) "OH NO!!!"
RINGO: "Not again!!!"
Q: (reading from newspaper) "...and he said that you had 'unresolved leading tones,
a false modal frame ending up as a plain diatonic.' What would you say to that?"
JOHN: "He ought to see a doctor about that."
PAUL: "No, he's just copying the fella in the London Times who did a review like
that. The only difference is, I don't know if that's favorable or not. The London one WAS,
RINGO: "Why doesn't he just say if it's good or bad."
Q: (laughs) "What do you think of the reaction of Amer... What do you think of
American girls in the first place, now that you've had your first contact with them?"
PAUL: "Marvelous. They're the same as British girls only they've got a different
Q: "Is it your ambition to continue what you're doing, or what do you plan to do?"
PAUL: "Well, as long as it lasts like this. As long as we keep enjoying it.
Once we stop enjoying it, and people stop enjoying it, then uhh..."
GEORGE: "We'll pack in."
RINGO: "We'll HAVE to pack in if people don't enjoy it."
GEORGE: "That's a British saying for 'give up.'"
Q: "One of the big attractions is your haircut and your manner of dress.
What prompted that? The haircuts, for instance."
RINGO: "It just happened, you know. (looks up at his own hair) You just wake up
one day and there you are."
CBS News interview:
Q: "Who came up with the name Beatles, and what does it really mean?"
RINGO: "John thought of the name Beatles, and he'll tell you about it NOW."
JOHN: "It means Beatles, doesn't it. But that's just a name, you know,
PAUL: The Shoes, you see? We could have been called The Shoes for all you
Q: "There have been huge crowds of teenage girls outside complaining that
they don't want to mob you, they just want to speak to you. What do you think about
this? Do you want to talk to them?"
RINGO: "Well, have you ever tried talking to about two hundred people at
JOHN: "We'd love to, you know. If we wave, somebody always says 'Stop that
waving! You're inciting them!'"
Q: "How do you feel about your appearance at Carnegie Hall this week, the center of musical culture?"
RINGO: "Umm well, a bit nervous, but not too much, you know. We just hope we go down, 'cuz we're on with a lot of Americans. So we hope they like us."
Q: "What have you done in New York, and what do you hope to see while you're here?"
JOHN: "Well, we've been out to a couple of clubs. Rock clubs, mainly. 'Cuz we just like listening to rock when we're not working, anyway. And we're hoping some of our favorite artists will come up, but you know, they're all out on the road or something. They're not here."
Q: "Who is your favorite American artist?"
JOHN: "There's a lot, you know. Marvin Gaye, Miracles, Mary Wells. Those people."
Q: "When was the last time you had a haircut?"
PAUL: "Uhh, quite a long time, actually. (jokingly, but straightfaced) The last time was about 23 years ago, was the last time I had one."
Q: "Have you met any interesting American girls?"
GEORGE: "Umm... not yet, but hoping."
Q: "What do you think of the police protection you've been receiving here in this city?"
RINGO: "It's marvelous. They're doing a great job, you know, looking after us."
Q: "Are the crowds as large as you expected?"
JOHN: (giggling) "No. We didn't expect anything like this, you know."
Q: (aiming the microphone at Paul) "What is the most interesting
offer you've ever received?"
PAUL: "Ahh... Yes... Umm... We've had a lot of interesting offers,
actually. (pause) No comment!"
Q: (laughs) "What do you think of the Christine Keeler Profumo affair?"
GEORGE: (dryly) "It's great, yeah."
PAUL: (laughing) "Good publicity!"
GEORGE: (laughing) "Yeah."
JOHN: "They're all happening."
Q: "Have you heard any reviews of your appearance last
PAUL: "The papers this morning just sort of... we only read two of them, and
they weren't very favorable. I think one of the microphones was off, so that may..."
JOHN: "The kids still liked it, you know."
PAUL: "Yeah. The audience was fantastic. Great reception."
Q: "Thank you, gentlemen."
BEATLES: "Thank you!"
Source: Transcribed by www.beatlesinterviews.org from video copies of the interviews