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The Beatles in Australia: Press Conference (1964)

Q: “Is it true that you originally auditioned
for two record companies before you were finally signed by EMI records?” JOHN: “Yeah, uhh, we made tapes for Decca,
and I think…” GEORGE: “And Pye.” JOHN: “Yeah, but we didn’t actually go to
Pye.” GEORGE: “EMI turned us down, first of all.” (laughter) PAUL: “They did.” GEORGE: “Ahh, you may laugh– you may laugh.” JOHN: (giggling) “I don’t blame ’em after
hearing the tape!” (laughter) GEORGE: “And then George Martin, from EMI,
he decided to sign us up– just himself, you see.” Q: “Have you got any idea how many records
you have sold around the world?” JOHN: “No. Ask our publisher, he’ll give you
an idea.” GEORGE: “The last I heard it was around about
30 million.” Q: “Do you all read music?” BEATLES: (in unison) “No.” PAUL: “None of us.” JOHN: “Comics. We’re good at comics.” (laughter) Q: “We were talking about how you do like
to be entertained. How do you like to be entertained?” GEORGE: “Films.” PAUL: “Shows. Nightclubs. Caberet.” Q: “Probably hard to go to a caberet without
a mob.” JOHN: “Yeah, but people don’t walk around
in mobs, you know. If you go to a nightclub, you’re not going to bump into 500 kids, are
you.” Q: “In Liverpool– The Blue Angel– Is that
a nightclub you can sort of go to and relax?” JOHN: “It was when they opened it, you know.
Alot of places in Liverpool got sort of…” PAUL: “Commercialized.” JOHN: “…commercialized so that people come
from all over the place just to have a look at them, you know. So I don’t know now. I
haven’t been for years.” Q: “What was your Ireland reception like,
by the way?” JOHN: “It was very good.” GEORGE: “It was three in the morning and we
didn’t know until we got an hour away from it.” PAUL: “Apparently the press in Dublin had
known all day.” GEORGE: “I think they guessed.” PAUL: “And some fella said, ‘The police had
been trying to keep it quiet here all day.'” GEORGE: (jokingly) “A BOAC spokesman said…” JOHN: “Advertising again.” (laughter) GEORGE: “…it wasn’t definite but there was
a slight possibility.” JOHN: (jokingly) “He’s been trying to get
money for hours.” Q: “Fellas, did you enjoy doing the Shakespearian
excerpt in your TV show?” GEORGE: “Yeah, except he made us rehearse
for days!” JOHN: “And we STILL got it wrong!” (laughter) Q: “Would you like to play legitimate Shakespeare?” BEATLES: (in unison) “No.” JOHN: “…can’t stand it.” Q: “Did you like the costumes?” GEORGE: “Yeah, they were good for a laugh.” JOHN: “Mod.” PAUL: (laughs) GEORGE: (remembering a line) “‘What lantern
doth the ornard moon present?'” Q: “You’ve been likened with the likes of
the Marx Brothers. Do you find this a compliment?” JOHN: “Yeah, it’s a compliment. They’re funny,
aren’t they.” Q: “When are you going to play the London
Palladium?” GEORGE: “I really don’t know.” Q: “Would you like to?” JOHN: “We’ve done it.” GEORGE: “We’ve done it a couple of times.” Q: “What are you all going to do tonight?” JOHN: “Well I’m… We should go to sleep,
really. We’ve only had about a couple of hours. I’m hanging on so I won’t be getting up in
the middle of the night and order breakfast, you know. That’s what I’m gonna do.” PAUL: “We’ll probably watch telly.” Q: “You’re not planning to go out to the nightclub
or anything like that.” PAUL: “No.” Q: “Have you got an agreement that Jimmy mustn’t
speak?” (laughter) GEORGE: “Ask him a question.” JIMMY: “I can’t answer questions that, umm,
I don’t know anything about.” Q: “What’s the group you play with in England,
Jimmy?” JIMMY: “Well, I’ve played with alot of groups
in England. Just before I left, I was playing with a rhythm and blues band.” Q: “You were in the Blue Flames for a while
weren’t you?” JIMMY: “Yeah, that’s right… well, only for
a matter of days. I played on Friday, I didn’t even know what I was doing just on Wednesday,
you know.” Q: “Does Brian Epstein manage you?” (long pause) JIMMY: “…nobody… No, he doesn’t.” BEATLES: (laugh) JOHN: “You’d know it if he did.” (laughter) Q: “Jimmy, what was your first reaction when
you were told that you were going to play with the Beatles?” JIMMY: “I couldn’t believe it. Really.” Q: “Did you have to do much rehearsal with
the boys to get their sound?” JIMMY: “No, we only rehearsed about five or
six numbers, which took half-an-hour.” Q: “And away you went.” JIMMY: “Yeah.” Q: “Pretty frightening?” JIMMY: “The first show very pretty frightening,
yeah. But, uhh, they reassured me.” PAUL: “He did grand.” JOHN: (in comical voice) “He did grand job.” Q: “George, if one of you stopped being a
Beatle, what do you think you’d do?” GEORGE: (mock seriousness) “Umm, I think I’d
train elephants in the zoo.” (laughter) Q: “It’s been said that you’re the keen businessman
of the group. Is that right?” GEORGE: (pause) “Yes, that’s what they say
in the paper, but I’ve never heard of it. That’s a new one on me. I may be. I don’t
know.” Q: “Do you have contracts between yourselves?” GEORGE: “There’s no partnership or something,
if that’s what you mean.” PAUL: “Oh, you mean personally?” Q: “What I meant was– if George suddenly
decides to leave the Beatles, could you do that?” JOHN: “I think he could.” PAUL: “Uhh… Of course he could ‘cuz, I mean,
we wouldn’t stop him, you know, if he…” JOHN: “He’s not under contract.” GEORGE: “Well, there is a contract between
the four of us, but if I wanted to leave then they wouldn’t try and stop me– or they wouldn’t
sue me I don’t think.” Q: “Apparently you earn many, many thousands
of pounds a year, but how much money do you actually get to spend from your manager?” JOHN: “Well, we don’t get money from him,
we get money from our accountant, you know. We don’t hardly need anything because most
things are sort of paid through the company. We just hardly spend anything in cash. Just
cigarettes– and even that– they’re bought by our road managers and things.” GEORGE: (laughs) PAUL: “We get a certain amount a week, and
we got at least half of it left at the end of the week because we don’t need it.” Q: “What about clothing? Does this also come
from your company, too?” GEORGE: “Usually we get our tailor to… you
know, we order a few suits, or how many we want, and then he’ll send the bill in to the
company. ‘Cuz it’s much easier for him to do that as well, and it’s easier for us.” PAUL: “I only got two suits.” JIMMY: (laughs) Q: “On-stage you all dress literally the same,
but off-stage you’re all dressed quite different. Is this also something you make up yourselves,
or…” JOHN: “Originally we didn’t dress the same
on-stage anyway, but that just had to come. You don’t go ’round looking the same all the
time.” PAUL: (chuckles) JOHN: “We like the same kind of clothes, so
we tend to come out sometimes wearing the same kind of gear, don’t we.” Q: “Who decided to change from leather jackets
to suits?” PAUL: “Brian.” GEORGE: “Well, he tried to persuade us.” JOHN: “‘Cuz when we were down south, it was
alright in Liverpool and ’round there. But as soon as we went anywhere else in sort of
jeans and leather jackets, they didn’t want to know, you know. ‘Cuz they wanted everybody
in gray suits, doing that.” Q: “You single chaps don’t have any firm plans
to get married?” PAUL: “No, I don’t like the idea of marriage.
It’s a bit frightening.” GEORGE: “We’re all trying to save up a bit
before we get married.” (laughter) Q: “Did you enjoy your holidays to Tahiti–
and the Caribbean, wasn’t it?” PAUL: “Oh yeah.” JOHN: “We met one of yours.” GEORGE: “Some fella came swimming behind me,
saying, ‘You havin’ a good time?'” JOHN: “…saying, ‘I’ve come all the way from
Sydney.'” GEORGE: “Yeah– as if it was my fault!” (laughter) Q: “Why did you split up and take your holidays
down there?” JOHN: “It makes it harder for people to ‘catch
us up.’ If we all go together it’s a sinch, you know, going to airports.” GEORGE: “And anyway, besides all that, Paul
and Ringo fancied going to wherever they went, (to John) and I don’t know what happened to
us… (laughing) somebody just gave us a ticket.” BEATLES: (laugh) GEORGE: “…and we just ended up there.” Q: “How do you feel before a show? Do you
feel nervous?” PAUL: “Yeah, before most shows.” GEORGE: “Depends where it is and what it is.” Q: “…how big it is?” JOHN: “Well, if it’s a new place.” PAUL: “It can be a small show and a very new
place and we still get very nervous. We get nervous on the most ridiculous of things,
too. The Mersey Beat Awards, I remember. We got an award from a Liverpool paper, and it
was really quite a small thing compared to some of the big shows we’d been doing, but
we were all nervous.” Q: “Your Dad’s a bus driver, isn’t he, George?” GEORGE: “Well, he was.” JOHN: “He’s got a gold-plated bus!” (laughter) Q: “What do your families think about all
the attention showered on you?” GEORGE: “Well, naturally they like it. They’re
all proud and, you know, it’s just like if you had a son what was a Beatle– you’re bound
to like it more than any other grown-up.” Q: “Do you live fairly close together in Liverpool?” PAUL: “Yeah.” Q: “All fellas who work so close together
so often, and stay and travel together, you must have an occasional argument. So, how
do you work it out of your system apart from going away on holiday?” JOHN: “Well, it’s usually two against one,
or three against one.” (laughter) GEORGE: “We never have serious arguments.” PAUL: “Or, whoever can shout loudest. That’s
another one that settles it.” Q: “It’s reported that the Rolling Stones
are bigger than the Beatles in England. Can you comment on that?” JOHN: “Well, it’s untrue.” (laughter) GEORGE: (jokingly) “Dave Clark was bigger
than us last month, and Brian Poole the month before that.” JOHN: “It’s true they’re NOT bigger than us.
But they’re big.” Q: “How many people travel with you?” GEORGE: “Depends where we’re going. Now we’ve
got three people. We’ve got a fella who looks after the equipment, and our road manager,
and then we’ve got Mister Epstein’s personal assistant here, Derek Taylor.” Q: “When Brian Epstein took over managing
you, how did he first promote you?” GEORGE: “Well, when he first started handling
us he wasn’t a manager in show business, he was a director of his father’s business…” Q: (inturrupting) “Tell me, fellas, one last
question…” GEORGE: (pause) “And so…” PAUL: (chuckles) GEORGE: “…I’ll tell you later.” (laughter) Q: “One last question. Do you enjoy being
the Beatles as much as you did, say, a couple of years ago?” PAUL: “Yeah.” JOHN: “Well, it’s better now, isn’t it.” (laughter) PAUL: “In a different way, of course, but
it’s still marvelous.” Q: “Well, that just about covers it all.” GEORGE: (waving) “Bye, everybody.” JOHN: (comical voice) “Goodbye!”

Robin Kshlerin



  1. Sarah M. Posted on June 3, 2011 at 2:49 am

    the replacement drummer looks terribly out of place… Ringo truly was a perfect match

  2. DarkeningSkies1 Posted on November 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

    When John works to crack George up with the goofy face @ 6:27, I laughed my ass off. I hope they are having a good laugh at all our human folly in the great beyond. R.I.P., lads.

  3. Ada Posted on November 25, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    jimmy looks like frankenstein.

  4. CooperHaydenn Posted on November 29, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    @wellitstrue102 why did they need one?

  5. Sarah M. Posted on November 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    @CooperHaydenn ringo was sick at the time so jimmy stepped in…eventually ringo joined them later on the tour

  6. ilovedatasoong Posted on December 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    @Ami483 I thought he looked like Bill Hader

  7. Roger Cathey Posted on February 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

    That was a brilliant off-the-cuff analysis of record sales by Paul. But the frankest of them all was George. No bullshit, no shiftiness. John can be brutally honest and fake out the reporters in giving some answers, but George was straight across all the way while also being simply honest. John's brilliance is easy to miss because of the sound-quality of the recording, but sometimes he let down his guard and gave info that is garbled here. While Paul seems always guarded in his responses.

  8. Troy Rossi Posted on February 20, 2012 at 2:59 am

    @rogerscottq It's their personalities. You can tell Paul always tried to get along with the press and always gave that good kid vibe. George was straight up like a real man would be. John is straight up but has his own humor to spice it up a bit. And Ringo, even though not in this, is just the tag along guy.

  9. EveningSymphony66 Posted on February 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    The Beatles (Hip Hop War Version)

  10. Jordan Bishop Posted on March 23, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Where was Ringo?

  11. Jonathan Y Posted on March 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    lol George: "we don't wear suits when we swim, we wear overcoats"

  12. Alexa Dark Posted on May 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    george's laugh at 6:24 – 6:33 <3
    so cute!

  13. Xavier Rose Posted on November 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Where's Richard?

  14. Mimmie Törngren Posted on January 21, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    "um… I think I'd… train elephants in a zoo"

  15. Jeff Hinkin Posted on May 20, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Ringo was sick for this trip. look how important his personality was to the Beatles…

  16. littlemissmello Posted on May 26, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    George was wonderfully talkative in this interview!

  17. littlemissmello Posted on May 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    He's sick.. Jimmy Nichol fills in for him.

  18. littlemissmello Posted on May 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    He was sick. Jimmy fills in for him, while he's in the hospital

  19. UncleZoran Posted on August 22, 2013 at 7:35 am

    This is not The Beatles in Australia but in USA.

  20. darrenjray Posted on June 20, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    UncleZoran, it's Australia in June 1964.  

  21. ludaqryz Posted on March 23, 2016 at 6:09 am

    later than 64 lol

  22. jhanlon1903 Posted on April 7, 2016 at 2:16 am

    George was the hidden in sight core of the Beatles

  23. GingerGilligan Posted on April 13, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    They didn't like German beer, wtf?

  24. Sammy K Posted on June 4, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    "you may laff, you may laff"

    I Loooooove George's accent❤❤❤

  25. Jonathan Brimer Posted on June 8, 2016 at 4:37 am

    george <3

  26. Per Normann Posted on June 17, 2016 at 3:22 pm

    Is Jimmy Nichols a Vulcan..?

  27. Tia Blue Posted on August 12, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    "except he made us rehearse for DAYS" "And we still got it wrong!" lol

  28. wilby1414 Posted on August 21, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Replacement drummer when Ringo got sick.

  29. Oh Hecc Posted on October 6, 2016 at 3:16 am


  30. Okik E. Posted on November 19, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    ringo looks really different here maybe hes tired

  31. GingerGilligan Posted on January 30, 2017 at 6:34 am

    George didn't like beer? OK, I learned something, lol. 🙂

  32. B Ellis Posted on March 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Jimmie Nicol stand in drummer when Ringo was sick. I remember standing with my mate Aileen watching them on the balcony of their hotel in Adelaide. Happy days.

  33. Anthony Battams Posted on May 27, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    When John Lennon was asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world, he replied 'He's not even the best drummer in the Beatles'. Well a Battersea boy got the chance to stand in for Ringo and was once briefly a Beatle – and here he is in action in this YouTube clip. James George (Jimmie) Nicol was born at 93 Silverthorne Road in 1939, and was a drummer who could play everything from jazz to ska, and rock to big band jazz. Nicol's break came when 'pop guru' Larry Parnes caught Nicol playing with various bands at the 2 i's Coffee Bar and hired him to play with Tommy Steele's younger brother's group, Colin Hicks & the Cabin Boys which were a name on the Italian pop scene.
    In 1964 Ringo had tonsillitis, just as the Beatles were about to undertake a major foreign tour. Brian Epstein contacted Raye Du-Val, the drummer with Emile Ford and Checkmates, Bobby Graham, a top session drummer and finally Jimmie Nicol who was playing with Georgie Fame.
    Nicol was reputedly paid a £2500 (£45k nowadays) signing on fee and £2500 a gig. Though the reality is Epstein paid him £500 for the whole tour, confirmed in an interview that Nicol gave to the Daily Mirror in the mid-sixties. At the time, he would have been earning about £30 to £40 pounds a week.
    At first Nicol was nervous but came into his own, even adding his own touches to the arrangements. As there wasn't time to get Nicol his own stage outfit he wore Ringo Starr's. McCartney sent Ringo a telegram stating; "Hurry up and get well Ringo, Jimmie is wearing out all your suits." Unlike the Beatles, Nicol could wander around the various cities they were playing without being recognised. As for the after-hours partying, Nicol was up for it and, as it was the swinging sixties, there was some hard drinking and womanising. He stated, "I thought I could drink and lay women with the best of them until I caught up with these guys. I was not even close to them when it came to mischief and carrying on.”
    But when Ringo returned it all ended for Nicol. Towards the end of the tour, he had an intense argument with Epstein, and they fell out. Epstein presented him with a gold watch, engraved with the message 'From the Beatles and Brian Epstein to Jimmy – with appreciation and gratitude', as well as the £500 for his services. Nicol took it as a joke and Nicol brooded about it for the remainder of his career.The Beatles treated Nicol ok. He stated, "They accepted me, but you can't just go into a group like that – they have their own atmosphere, their own sense of humour. It's a little clique, and outsiders just can't break in." Nicol also stated, “The day before I was a Beatle, not one girl would even look me over. The day after, when I was suited up and riding in the back of a limo with Lennon and McCartney, they were dying just to get a touch of me. It was very strange and quite scary.”
    During the Beatles tour, Lennon and McCartney would often ask Nicol how he was coping, and he would reply, "It's getting better." It was this memory that inspired the song Getting Better. As Nicol had only been out on loan, Georgie Fame expected him to rejoin The Blue Flames however, Nicol decided to reform his original group and poured most of the money he'd earned from the Beatles tour into this project. This move led Fame to state, 'the Beatles tour went to his head'. No matter how hard he tried to cash in on his Beatles fame the success he craved eluded him. He appeared with The Beatles one last time, when his group played on the same bill with The Fourmost, at the Brighton Hippodrome in 1964. Now penniless, Nicol fell back to being a session drummer.
    However, Nicol's fortunes changed in 1965, when offered the chance to join The Spotniks – a Swedish version of The Shadows. This engagement was just the kick-start his career needed, but when he moved on from marijuana to heavier drugs Nicol's habit became a liability, and was let go during their 1966 tour of Mexico. Nicol remained in Mexico where he had some success. Still thinking that Epstein had him blacklisted Nicol continued to harbour a grudge and smashed the watch he received from the Beatles. Nicol returned to London ever hopeful that stardom was just around the corner.
    Nicol carried on playing but made his last public appearance playing with The Clarks.
    He was now bankrupt and back living in the basement of his mum's house in Silverthorne Road. He once stated, “After the money had run low, I thought of cashing-in in some way or other, but the timing wasn’t right, and I didn’t want to step on The Beatles’ toes. They had been damn good for me and to me.” Nicol sadly added "Standing in for Ringo was the worst thing that ever happened to me. Until then I was quite happy earning £30 or £40 a week. After the headlines had died, I began dying too

  34. shweta chaudhari Posted on May 28, 2017 at 10:30 am

    George and John are so cute and funny!!! George is like a sweet little child here! <3

  35. xxx xxx Posted on June 5, 2017 at 9:33 am

    is it me or has anyone else noticed how uncomfortable Jimmy looks. and all the interviews with the Beatles Jimmy always looks uncomfortable he never talks almost as if Brian told Jimmy you have no comment about anything you are only a temporary replacement

  36. Bellyflops2 Posted on June 24, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    The quiet one did a lot of the talking here. Pretty cool video thanks.

  37. Macie Espinoza Posted on September 6, 2017 at 11:55 am

    2:32–2:37 is hilarious 😂😂😂😂

  38. Sandra H Posted on September 9, 2017 at 4:18 am

    Who is this drummer guy ? I do not recognize him at all, not even by name…

  39. Leroy Brown TM Posted on October 10, 2017 at 2:28 am

    ahh! The real paul mccartney.Now compare him to this faul schmuck.

  40. Janetta Martin Posted on October 13, 2017 at 2:19 am

    George was so sexy.

  41. Martina Dejaquiz Posted on November 5, 2017 at 1:43 am

    Jeff Hinkin: why in the hell you would throw a bone to ringo to lead sing on those tracks (either studio or live) gets me when you have the other 3? you notice ringo's mic is dead other than those tracks he lead sings. ringo doesn't harmonize with the band. my greatest fear is that ringo will be the last beatle left and that he'll run-off at the mouth then. ringo was just a replacement to me i never could stand ringo and i have always loved the other 3. the other 3 are my fav musicians of all time. ringo though… unimpressive and not even really a real beatle to me because the others grew-up together. george martin was probably more of a beatle than ringo to me and i think george martin was a dear man… certainly were important to this band. ringo though to me just not impressive. i don't even like the tracks ringo sings because of ringo's lack of vocal talent. the yellow sub was ok though. why put a below average singer on the mic especially when you had john, paul & goerge available to sing instead….. waste of a song either on a studio cut or a live track. thumbed it and thanks.

  42. Darwin Blinks Posted on November 14, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    George: "They wouldn't sue me." Uh….

  43. Immi Posted on March 7, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    John at 0:28 : "I think I've got odd socks on". Haha!

  44. GangstaPotatos Posted on June 30, 2018 at 3:29 am

    Wait… Jimmy Nichols, Murdoc Niccals… CONSPIRACY

  45. tive 1 idéia Posted on July 13, 2018 at 4:40 am

    Paul looks gorgeous in this interview 💓

  46. Akchun Posted on July 15, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Jimmy God bless u

  47. ML Soul Sisters Posted on July 16, 2018 at 3:11 am

    George’s laugh makes me smile 😂

  48. Jade Martin Posted on July 27, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    4:20 The Media tabbed George the "business man of the group", because of one scene in 'A Hard Day's Night'….but everyone knows that was Paul.

  49. Marina Panteli Posted on August 22, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    There's something about the way they smoke together 😍

  50. Paul D Posted on September 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    They seem such close comfortable friends here. A shame that money, drugs, and egos split them up down the road. What a ride they had together.

  51. fenderfetish Posted on September 5, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    Of all the Beatles press conferences this is one of the most laid back =^)

  52. roy didlock Posted on January 28, 2019 at 10:02 am

    I take it that this press conference is in either Sydney or Adelaide, as Ringo rejoined the band in Melbourne and Jimmy departed for the UK.

  53. Kaitlyn Reynolds Posted on May 10, 2019 at 4:00 am

    The questions here are actually good compared to the stupid questions the media started asking around 1965

  54. Oconachar Posted on September 7, 2019 at 12:32 pm

    god bless whoever did the subtitling