January 13th, 1969 (Twickenham Film Studios, London): In the middle of a personal discussion with John and Ringo about the band, its tenuous future, and their relationships with one another, Paul (in response to John’s admission of insecurity in the face of external pressures from the public and media to perform) is emphatic about his faith in them and their abilities and contends that whatever interpersonal problems they have can be resolved, for what their music is worth. (Note: I am sheepishly and frustratedly uncertain of my transcription. And yes, Yoko and Linda seem to be having a fascinating conversation about Paul and George.)
PAUL: [trying] If all of you were for sale on a shop, I’d want you as, you know, that, but I really don’t want you as that!
PAUL: But I want you as that! I don’t want him as that. You see, I want you to want yours. You’re [inaudible]. Ringo wanted— When I say those things, you know, I can hear myself sort of – but I don’t know what it is you want me to do! In period and in fact, I want you all for whatever you are, because I’m placing it – after all the bests, and all it bloody does, and what’s best, is that what you are is alright. Because if it isn’t, then it’s just stupid of me [inaudible], you know. Because if it’s what you are, and I would want us anywhere! So I’m placing all the money, all the fame, and everything, on what you are. So if this is what you two are, then get on with it.
|—||Mark Lewisohn, footnote in The Beatles: All These Years (Vol.1) – Tune In. (proof copy) (2013)|
July, 1964: Paul, George, and Ringo record a promotional spot for the radio music show Top Gear and fool around with Paul’s posh voice versus Paul’s “ordinary” voice.
PAUL: [posh broadcaster voice] Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, this is the BBC announcer speaking, and I’d like to tell you about a new program which will be coming on your sets, your radio sets. I’m speaking now with a very posh voice, because BBC announcers— [George and Ringo heckling in background] —BBC announcers— You’ve got to have a posh voice!
RINGO: [slurring] What’s the matter with these songs yer—
RINGO: Look, Paul.
GEORGE: Let’s tell ‘em, proper. None of this!
PAUL: Now look, George, you’re gonna have a very posh voice if you’re on the BBC. They all do.
RINGO: Anyway, the sixteenth— [starts speaking gibberish]
PAUL: [posh broadcaster voice] Ladies and gentlemen, we—
GEORGE & RINGO: No!
RINGO: It’s not you, then. What about your image? [laughs]
GEORGE: They never – they can’t understand that. See, if you just say, “It’s on on Thursday night, the sixteenth, and it’s on from ten o’clock until eleven fifty-five—“
PAUL: Okay, I’ll try—
GEORGE: “—and that Brian Matthew’s on it—“
RINGO: [chiming in] Good old Brian.
GEORGE: “—and that we’re on it—that’s us, ‘cause we’re The Beatles—and also Dusty Springfield, and our good friend Carl Perkins—“
RINGO: Oh, good ol’ Carl. Remember Carl? I dig his record, you know.
GEORGE: “—and Mark Winter.” And you see, you just tell it like that, and get it, and it’s much – ‘cause they can understand it, you know. They can’t understand that!
PAUL: Just in me ordinary voice, then?
RINGO: Yeah, just in your—
PAUL: [pronounced posh voice] Ladies and gentlemen—
GEORGE & RINGO: No!
Unlike bands today, The Beatles always took their work very seriously
oh my god. I have never heard this before, it’s hilarious!
|—||Paul McCartney on playing concerts (via sapphirechicken)|
Help! Beatle swamped by grasshoppers! The green bugs stormed the stage at a Paul McCartney concert in Brazil.MORE GRASSHOPPERS!
Animal-lover McCartney carried on for almost three hours in Goiania as he remained unfazed by the grasshoppers, which even landed on him during the show.
One remained on his shoulder for much of the show and the musician introduced his new pal to the 47,000-strong crowd as ‘Harold’.
HE NAMED IT HAROLD