BBC Radio 'Pop Chat' Interview (1963, July 30)
|This brief interview with the Beatles was recorded on July 30th 1963 by the BBC, and was later aired during the month of August on a program segment entitled, 'Pop Chat.' The Beatles were interviewed by BBC Radio's Phil Tate. The Fabs were in London during a two-day break in their busy performing schedule.
Q: "Our guests this week on 'Pop Chat' are The Beatles - John, Paul, George and Ringo. Let's start off with you, Ringo. Everybody knows that the Beatles are a Liverpool group, but were you all actually born in Liverpool?"
Ringo: "Yes, every one of us."
Q: "Are you keeping your homes in Liverpool, or do you plan to move into London, or anything like that?"
Ringo: "I don't think any of us are moving. We must have a base in London, you know, because we're there more than we are in Liverpool at the moment. But we're not moving our houses."
Q: "John, over to you for a minute. You do alot of songwriting of late. Do you always work as a team?"
John: "Well, mainly. All the better songs that we have written - the ones that anybody wants to hear - those were co-written."
Q: "Do you write the words and music together, or does one of you write the words?"
John: "Yeah, well... Sometimes half the words are written by me and he'll finish them off. We go along a word each, practically."
Q: "Did you write your new record release?"
John: "Uhh... 'She Loves You'? Yeah."
John: "We wrote that two days before we recorded it, actually."
Paul: "We wrote it in a hotel room in Newcastle."
Q: "This brings me to a question from one of your fans. How did the distinctive hairstyle come about?"
George: "Well, umm... I don't think any of us had been bothered with having haircuts, and it was always long. Paul and John went to Paris and came back with it - something like this. and I went to the baths and came out with it like this."
Q: "Another fan was anxious to know how you manage to get any private life. I mean - If you take a girl out, how do you avoid being recognized, Paul?"
Paul: "Uhh, I don't know... just sort of run."
Q: "Now, John, I know you have very little time for anything but music at the moment. But if you had spare time - What sort of hobbies and sports do you enjoy?"
John: "Well, none of us are very sporty, you know. The only sport we do bother with is swimming. We don't count it as a sport, but... and hobbies are just writing songs."
Source: Beatles Tapes 2 (Jerden)