“Once I saw them, that was it”.

Freda Kelly   


Cavern girls/2

“They’d keep their rollers in and jeans for the first groups. Then when it got near the time for the Beatles to come on, if there was a gang of four, say, they would go off in turns to the ladies with their little cases to get changed and made up. When the Beatles came on the look as if the’d just arrived.”  (Maureen Cox)

The calm eye

“Their public posture toward the girls’ behaviour was sympathetic  but distanced, tolerant but unpatronizing, and pepetually amused. “They, who are causing the storm, are its calm eye,” gushed the Daily Mail. To the press, they defended the fan’s “right” to scream. But neither they hesitated to tell their audiences in as many words to “shut up” – shrugging it off when girls only roared louder at their apparent refusal to pander.”  J. Gould (Can’t Buy Me Love)

Liverpool girls

“John’s going, ‘Jesus Christ, she doesn’t really think I would do that with her, does she?’ It was incredible stuff like. ‘I want to sit on your guitar while you put your tongue down my…’ These Liverpool girls, they were the best.” (Photographer P. J. Griffiths describes the Beatles reading fanmail in their dressing room, 1963).

All that frenzy

“…John Lennon has an upper lip which is brutal in a devastating way. George Harrison is handsome, whimsical and untidy. Paul McCartney has a round baby face, while Ringo Starr is ugly but cute…. ‘Their physical appearance,’ said my friend, who is a Liverpool houswife, ‘inspires frenzy. They look beat-up and depraved in the nicest possible way.’…”  (From the article Why the Beatles create all that frenzy, written by Maureen Cleave and published in the 2/2/1983 issue of the Evening Standard)

It had to be that

“They had just gotten up when this picture was taken, about three or four in the afternoon. A huge pile of fan mail had just arrived. They all sat around going through the letters and the packages addressed to each of them. John was the best looking one in the classic sense, but I think I would have a lot of women arguing with me on that. Paul had a cute little face. And George was nice looking, too. But Ringo, I believe, received the most fan mail. I think it was because he was the one they could get to. Women seemed to think their chances were better with Ringo. It had to be that.”( Harry Benson, The Beatles In the Beginning)

Paul & Meryl

“In August 1965, after I cried for about three days, promised that I’d do the dishes for the next 4 years, my parents finally relented and let me go into New York, on a date, for the first time, to see this new English band we were all so emotional about. (…) I had a little sign that said ‘I’ll love you forever Paul’. I don’t think he saw it. That’s why I’m so beside myself happy to be here tonight to finally meet him and to present him with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award: Paul McCartney”. ( Meryl Streep presenting Paul McCartney with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 1990s Grammy Awards)

A known behaviour

“We have only to think of the troop of women and girls, all of them in love in enthusiastically sentimental way, who crowd around a singer or pianist after his performance. It would certainly be easy for them to be jealous of the rest; but, in the face of their numbers and consequent impossibility of their reaching the aim of their love, they renounce it, and instead of pulling out one another’s hair, they act as a united group, do homage to the hero of the occasion with their common actions, and would probably be glad to have a share of his flowing  locks. Originally rivals, they have succeded in identifying themselves with one another by means of a similar love for the same objects” – Sigmund Freud 1921