Scans - George Harrison and Ringo Starr, 1964
"Some of the fans – a couple of them – were shouting ‘Pete is best!’ and ‘Ringo never, Pete Best forever!’, but it was a small group and we ignored it. However, after about half an hour our it was getting a bit tiring so I shouted to the audience. When we stepped out of the band room into the dark tunnel, some guy nodded me one, giving me a black eye. The things we have to do for Ringo!" – George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology
"George fought for me." - Ringo Starr, The Beatles Anthology
Scan - Ringo Starr on stage, England, 1963
Photo: Terence Spencer
Happy Birthday, Ringo!
Scans - At the after-premiere party of A Hard Day’s Night at London’s Dorchester, 50 years ago today, 6 July 1964… John with George’s mother Louise, Paul with his Aunt Joan, Ringo with his mother Elsie and George with his mother Louise.
Scan - It was 50 years ago today… The world premiere of A Hard Day’s Night, London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus, London, 6 July 1964
Piccadilly Circus was closed for traffic and 12,000 fans were at hand to catch a glimpse of The Beatles. The premiere was also attended by Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.
George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Cynthia Lennon arriving at the “A Hard Day’s Night” premiere, London, 6 July 1964
Photos found at imagecollect.com
"Alun [Owen] wrote a scene about us being harassed by the press - which was a real part of our daily duty. They would ask things like, ‘How did you find America?’ and we’d say, ‘Turn left at Greenland.’
I think this was an important part of The Beatles - people associate humour with us. When all the new bands first came out, Gerry and the Pacemakers and others, nobody could tell who was who; one hit was the same as another, everybody got the same amount of coverage. So even if you had a hit you needed something else to carry you. The Beatles actually were very funny, and even when our humour was transported to New York or somewhere else, it was still great. We were just being hard-faced, really, but people loved it.
Everyone in Liverpool thinks they’re a comedian. Just drive through the Mersey a Tunnel and the guy on the toll booth will be a comedian. We’ve had that born and bred into us.
And in our case the humour was made even stronger by the fact there were four of us bouncing off one another. If one dried up, somebody else was already there with another fab quip.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology
"I think because I loved films I was less embarrassed than the others to be in one; John really got into the movie, too. I felt a lot of the time that George didn’t want to be there. It was something he was doing because we were doing it." - Ringo Starr, The Beatles Anthology
"I don’t know what he’s talking about, I loved it! The only thing I didn’t like was having to get up at five in the morning.
It was a very early start. We’d have to arrive and get dressed and have our hair and faces done. While all this was going on they would set up with stand-ins. They wouldn’t call us until they were ready to rehearse us for a scene.
There was always so much happening that I never knew how many cameras there were. We didn’t take too much notice of every detail - we were in the middle, surrounded by everything.” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology
"There were some things that we made up as we went along (although I must say they don’t look very spontaneous) - for example, the press conference scene. We made up a lot of answers and Dick Lester said, ‘Keep that one, use that one.’ He was very good like that." - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology
"On balance, I would say the person that was the most accurate of all The Beatles in terms of ‘give him a line and he will get the right elements in it without trying too hard’ was George. In ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ if you watch George he just gets his lines right. Paul is all over the place, and John, sometimes it’s wonderful and sometimes it’s thrown away too much. George was just so wonderfully accurate." - Richard Lester, Very Naughty Boys: The Amazing True Story Of HandMade Films
Courtesy of YouTube (user stunnedpaulpro), a pricelessly amusing moment during the Royal world premiere of “A Hard Day’s Night” at London’s Piccadilly Circus 50 years ago today, on 6 July 1964…
ever time i see this i find it really funny because john’s fan is like an angry babysitting yelling at him for being on stage
meanwhile george’s fan looks absolutely devastated
hahahaha i’m still laughing at the comments omg the angry babysitter HAHAHA
A moment of silence for George’s fan