- The Beatles thought the parents of their American fans were rude
- He aggressively, gratefully asked for her autograph
- The band rested in the Florida sun (away from the rude parents of their fans)
In 1964, The Beatles boarded a plane and flew to America for the first time to make their debut as a band. There, he made an appearance The Ed Sullivan Show and played venues across the country (they were most excited for Carnegie Hall). To the delight of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, America welcomed them with open arms. And the feeling was mutual. The Beatles were loved by their American fans. But they did not love their parents.
Rude parents of Beatles fans
in his 1964 column daily Express (With the help of Daily Express writer Derek Taylor), Harrison wrote about The Beatles’ conversations with the parents of American fans.
“The worst thing about America, despite what some commentators have said, are not teen fans, but their parents,” he wrote, as recorded in the book. George Harrison on George Harrison. “It’s the adults who come to us in hotels, trains, and planes who have given us a hard time. They’re so rude.”
He asked for autograph
Harrison cited the example of an “expensively dressed man” who approached McCartney for an autograph outside a restaurant in Miami.
“He did it like this: ‘I have two teenage kids who listen to your records. God only knows why. I wouldn’t. But they’re going to be in my house all day. So sign it,’” he wrote .
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The Beatles got the same behavior from fans’ parents on a plane ride to America.
“First class passengers asked for so many autographs that you would have thought they were going into the business of selling them,” Harrison wrote. “A man wanted 13 of each.”
“They talk about teenagers, but some so-called adults can take some lessons from their kids in terms of etiquette,” he continued. “Still, it’s been the biggest journey we’ve all ever had, it’s just a minor lament.”
The Beatles Enjoyed the Florida Sun
The Beatles in particular were looking forward to their stop in Florida. The sunny conditions at 75 degrees didn’t disappoint.
“When I looked out my hotel window this morning, I could see the bluest sea I had ever laid eyes on,” Harrison wrote. “Wonderful! And now we want to relax—if we get the chance. The crowds here for when we flew the Beatles were bigger than in New York. It was a great reception. And girls—they were great. Baths.” There was a line of to-be beauties waiting for us with welcome gifts and we hardly got off the plane before the photographers could kiss them.”
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Other notable celebrities were staying at the hotel The Beatles arrogantly.
“This is a great place for show business,” Harrison wrote. “Bob Hope and Red Skelton stayed at our hotel. Carol Lawrence is also seen here at the Supper Club.
But what the band was looking forward to the most was comfort in its own right.
“The main things that interest us are sunlight and privacy,” he wrote. “Although we had a wonderful journey, it has been exhausting.”
Thankfully, they got a little bit of both.