“It was magic, it was the first time we’d left the country. Especially going on our own on a boat train and not knowing what we were going to see or do or where we were going to stay. But when we got there it was just fantastic we had the greatest time.”
Cynthia Lennon on her trip to Hamburg – Drawing by Klaus Voormann
In the hospital George asked the nurses to put fish and chips in his IV. The doctor – thinking he was delusional – said to his son “don’t worry, we have a medical name for this condition.” “Yes,” said Dhani, “humor.”
“This is what we’re like with our trousers off. So would you please end the game now?”
“George told me once that I smelt like home. I got all paranoid, you know, thinking I smelt of fish and chip shops or dirty bars or something. But he said no, I just always smelt of home.” — Paul McCartney
Q: “Good. Who was principally responsible, Paul or John?”
PAUL: “John, really.”
JOHN & PAUL: “No. No.”
Q: “I see.”
John Lennon and Paul McCartney asked about progress on their upcoming album (March 1967)
“Those guys’ inability to express love for one another was classic. The exception is Ringo, who says [in the film], ‘I love George, and George loved me.’ That wouldn’t have been so easy for Paul. (..) Paul had to admit that he didn’t know ‘All Things Must Pass,’ and that was an awful thing to confront. It was huge humble-pie stuff for Paul to be among these people who he may have thought had a better relationship with George than he did. But I believe Paul missed George as much as — if not more than — anybody.”
Q: If Lennon was alive, which song of yours would you like him to play?
A: Maybe I’m Amazed comes into my mind. That would be interesting to hear him sing that.
Q: Which song of yours would you like to be remembered by?
A: Your songs are like your babies, you don’t want to have a favourite. But Maybe I’m Amazed – ‘cos John’s got to sing it.
Paul McCartney, 2009.
Reporter: How long will you be in Los Angeles?
John: Haven’t a clue, I didn’t even know we were here.
“He didn’t talk about his Mum to anybody but me,” says Cynthia. “It shattered his life. He often said how terrible it was that he’d lost her just at the time she was becoming his best friend. I could see the feeling welling up deep inside him. I’d say: “Come on, John. I want to know all about you.” And he’d shake his head as if to say no. It was obviously too painful for him to open up very much” (Cynthia Lennon)
“I thought they were a scruffy load of louts. Lennon was wearing leather jacket, jeans and cowboy boots, hair quiffed. Same with McCartney. We were wearing V-necked red sweaters. They just looked so confident, and rock’n’roll. They had a sex appeal that us, in our V-necked jumpers, just didn’t. The first thing I noticed [when The Beatles started playing] was the noise. Pete Best playing fours on the bass drum. I thought Hang on, he’s not doing it like you’re trained to. It was so powerful. They’d just turned up everything louder. They did Long Tall Sally, Red Sails In The Sunset … The audience were dancing, then suddenly they stopped. There was a spark going round. You could feel it. There was a slow movement towards the stage. People just stood and watched. Boys and girls, just stood there, watching this band jumping on chairs, doing Chuck Berry stuff backwards and forwards across the stage, absolute crackers. Suddenly you realised, there something happening here. A generation’s moving. You can either jump on it, or watch it go by.” (John McNally, guitarist and vocalist of Johnny Sandon and The Searcher, talking about the show on December 27, 1960, at Litherland Town Hall Ballroom, near Liverpool)