Well, America was where everything that they... not
everything, but where all the... where the music was from. Where those
people were from. Where Johnny Ray was from or the movies were from. Elvis
was from America and Chuck Berry and the whole caboodle. I mean, you could
listen to whole caravans arrive of rock and rollers and R and B and Motown.
It was... it was it and still is. I mean lets face it, America is still...
it is now the only superpower and the idea that you could be number one in
America and get a turnout like that at Kennedy Airport, I don't know that I
understood it. I mean I am so much older now and so are they. I don't think
I quite realized at the time just how unusual it was to penetrate the
American consciousness so fast and so deeply because it's easy in America as
you know to have regional success and perhaps because in certain stra...
stratum of society, but to wipe them out just like that, inside a few days
so that all those events to anyone who's wide awake, Washington calls it a
snowstorm at the Sullivan Show and Kennedy Airport, funny answers, "Hard
Days Night" and all that stuff, it's... it takes quite some doing and they
went through it like a knife through butter, powering their way through it
just on a... I suppose...
So how did they do it in
America? The... the answer to, I mean there's all kinds of... it's a large
subject, because it's a large success in a large country, complicated
business. The time was right of course because of Kennedy's death and there
was a huge vacuum like that and a country, I don't think either we saw how
much the country must have been in mourning, yet it was …on November he
died... Kennedy died and this is only January, February... February the
ninth. Three months and it was also their power and it was also they were
interesting looking, nice looking chaps and there was a very big record and
I think a good publicity campaign, which I had nothing to do with because I
wasn't with them and they were just again, just there at the right time. But
it was sheer force of personality charm, the collective charm was and is
something remarkable and in a sense also they were and are right for the
American psyche whatever that is and without … the Americans have always
been very good Beatlemaniacs if you like or Beatle fans and they're still
well prized by those of us who are interested in the Beatles welfare. It's
not just the dollar. It's the fact that an American... a good American
Beatle fan is something to reckon with because they bought... they bought a
kind of angle to Beatleness, whatever any of this means, I don't know what
it means and how it will sound, but the American factor was crucial,
otherwise they would remained uninteresting and they would have done well,
but American input was very, very good.