FAMOUS PEOPLE ON THE BEATLES
"The story goes that around the time Pete Best was tossed out of the band,
Paul went around Liverpool trying to find the ugliest drummer he could that
happened to have his own kit. In those days it was very tough trying to find
someone with a full kit, you know. Anyway, along came Ringo, so there they
were with a homely drummer and a great kit to boot! Now to be honest, between
Pete and Ringo, technically I find Pete to be a somewhat better drummer,
but he probably lacked the overall appeal Ringo had. The point I'm trying
to make here is that according to Pete, it was jealousy that started the
whole thing, not musicianship." Bob Gallo, Pete
Best's mentor and producer, 1983
"Reguarding the sacking of Pete Best, he was frankly too conventional and
didn't fit well as either a drummer or a man. His beat was too slow, or George
thought so. I liked him even though he could be moody. He was friendly with
John and Paul, but George didn't like him. Finally the Beatles said we want
Pete out and Ringo in. Pete never played with the Beatles again. Rory Storme
was annoyed that we had taken his drummer. But I waan't too happy about Ringo.
I didn't want him, but then, as now, I trusted the boys' instincts."
Brian Epstein, 1966
"When I first saw the Beatles, I didn't think they'd make it. I remember
Brian Epstein booked me to play the Cavern with them. A couple of weeks later
he had me headlining a big concert at a theater in Liverpool. The Beatles
went on and sang "Love Me Do." They couldn't do my numbers, "Lucille" and
"Long Tall Sally" because I was there. Then I was booked for a tour of clubs
in Hamburg for Don Arden, and I took the Beatles with me. We spent two months
in Hamburg. I developed a very close relationship with Paul McCartney, but
John and I couldn't make it. John had a nasty personality. John and Ringo
had strange personalities." Little Richard,
"A guy from Capitol came to see me and asked if I would allow them to put
out an album of John's outtakes.After I listened tothem I realized they were
too unfinished and raw for people to hear. They were mostly rehearsals and
alternate takes anyway. When I told him no, you should have seen how he looked
at me. It was just awful. John used to tell me to get a lawyer to try and
get the Beatles' master tapes back, so that we could burn them. He was afraid
someone would remix the outtakes and put them out after we died."
Yoko Ono, 1984
"Just being with him and having fun was the most important gift he gave me.
I hope I'll meet him up there for a drink or whatever when I disappear."
Julian Lennon, on his father, 1990
"If Hitler were alive today, the German girls wouldn't let him bomb London
if the Beatles were there." Anonymous, date
"I never signed a contract with the Beatles. I had given my word about what
I intended to do and that was enough. I abided by the terms and no one
ever worried about me not signing it." Brian
"I don't think you can separate the Beatles from what was going on in the
sixties. The whole period changed a lot of people and brought on some new
attitudes, and I'm not saying it was all good.I didn't think about the Beatles
much., but they were always there. I grew up surrounded by them. And when
I heard Lennon was dead, there was no real reason for me to feel remorse,
but I did. I felt empty, like my past was gone."
Ronald Reagan, Jr., 1984
Elvis was no longer rocking, and they did the same thing Elvis had done;
they unlocked the music scene. No one was playing that raw stuff he played.
I think that when their real success came, the Beatles were a bit disappointed
in the scheme of things because they became so big so fast. They wanted to
conquer America, but we gave it to them on a silver platter."
Roy Orbison, 1984
"The killing of John Lennon altered everything. . . like fifty million other
people, I cared about Lennon." Norman Miller,
"If it hadn't been for the Beatles, there wouldn't be anyone like us around"
Jimmy Page, 1980
"Rubber Soul just took a hold of me, unlocked something in my imagination
that I never experienced in popular music. I can remember it so vividly.
You just had to take part in it, and before that, I was never someone who
took part." Bette Midler, 1984
"I resented the Beatles at first because it wasn't a fad I discovered for
myself. I wasn't a Beatles fan until I listened to the White Album and became
an instant convert." Stephen Spielberg,
"I think the best group over the last twenty years is still the Beatles."
Chevy Chase, 1988
"Basically I'm a melody freak and they were the masters. You went out and
bought a Beatles album, listened from cut one to the end, and liked them
all. I started writing real Beatley-sounding soungs on my own."
Billy Joel, 1979
"The sweet sounds made by groups like the Beatles in the early 1960's gave
way to harder-edged music that was heavily influenced by drugs. Suddenly
Sonny and Cher were no longer hip." Sonny Bono,
"The Beatles were one of the first groups to recognize the value of black
roots in music." Stevie Wonder, 1980
"I think the Beatles are the reason I'm a musician."
"He's the only person in this business I've ever looked up to, the only person."
Elton John, on John Lennon, 1989
"They were doing things no one else was doing. Their chords were outrageous.
Everyone else thought they were for teenyboppers, that they were gonna pass
right away. But it was obvious to me they had staying power."
Bob Dylan, 1980
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