Beatles Browser Four
The national newspapers based in London were initially keen to dampen the enthusiasm about the musical revolution in Liverpool and wanted to put London back in the forefront again. When Dave Clark Five went to No. 1 in January 1964, the headline on the Daily Express read: TOTTENHAM SOUND HAS CRUSHED THE BEATLES while the Daily Mail featured a cartoon showing a bunch of Dave Clark fans ridiculing one of their friends, saying, “She must be really old. She remembers the Beatles.”
When ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ was due to go on general release in America in 500 theaters on 12 August, 1964, a United Artists executive from America tried to persuade Dick Lester to dub their voices with mid-Atlantic accents. Paul said, “Look, if we can understand a fuckin’ cowboy talking Texan, they can understand us talking Liverpool.”
George Harrison was to recall: When I was 13 or 14, I was sat at the back of the class trying to draw guitars in school notebooks. I was totally into guitars. I heard about this kid at school who had a guitar at £3.10., it was just a little acoustic round hole. I got the £3.10 from my mother: that was a lot of money for us then.” The instrument was a Dutch Egmund flat top acoustic guitar.
Although Tommy Roe and Chris Montez were the bill-toppers on tour, Roe recalled: “After one night it was necessary for the Beatles to close the show as they were the crowd favourite. The Beatles sounded better in person than they did on record in the early days, and they were able to control the crowds with their tight stage show.”
Tommy sat next to Lennon on the tour bus and said that John was keen to learn the chords of Roe’s hit ‘Sheila.’ He commented, “I spent hours working with John on the chord progression, and he was the nicest, easiest person to teach.”
Tony Sheridan reminisced: “John, George, Paul, Stuart and Pete and I were booked to open the smart Top Ten in the Reeperbahn. We moved into a dormitory over the club and slept in bunks. It was terrible really, now I look back. We all washed our own shirts and socks so the place smelt like a Chinese laundry. But we had great times and I’m afraid we used to tease the life out of the old lady who did for us.”