- George Harrison thought ‘French girl'[s]’ were different
- The Beatles were thronged by fans in Paris in 1964
- Beatlemania was spreading
In 1964, Beatlemania was taking over much of England. And it was starting to creep into other corners of the world as well. For example, Paris was beginning to gain the appeal of the Beatles. During a visit to the City of Light, the boys were filled with “hundreds of wonderful chicks”. Here’s what George Harrison wrote about him in his column for the Daily Express that year.
What did George Harrison think of French girls
Harrison and the rest of the Beatles had a considerable female fan base. He got a chance to meet women from all over the world. In his column for the Daily Express, Harrison (with the help of Daily Express writer Derek Taylor) shares his thoughts about Parisian girls.
For one thing, he appreciated her confidence.
“Here are hundreds of wonderful chicks – neat, very much in control of themselves,” he wrote, as recorded in the book George Harrison on George Harrison. “If you see a French girl she looks straight back and smiles. It simply means, ‘Thank you.’”
“Otherwise a smart French girl is like a smart girl all over the world,” he continued. “I think girls are here to stay.”
Early Beatlemania in Paris
In 1964 Paris, locals referred to The Beatles as “the yes-yes”—”cute title,” writes Harrison.
As they were accustomed to experiencing back in England, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Harrison found it difficult to move around town.
“We did a traffic stop in the Champs-Elysées today, or a crowd of girls shouting for autographs,” he wrote. “John, Paul and I went for a walk in the sunny afternoon when we were spotted. Beautiful girls ran through gown shops waving papers and pens. French cabbies cursed and waved their fists as we were trapped.”
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After noon walk didn’t work, the boys attempted to have a drink.
“Next we tried to sit in a curb-side cafe for a drink, but it was impossible,” Harrison wrote. “We ran for a taxi, the crowd followed, and a new traffic jam started. The gendarmerie dragged people from the bonnet of the taxi and we ran to our hotel.
An English fan told George Harrison ‘Paris is getting ready to go crazy’ for The Beatles
When Harrison was signing autographs, a fan told him that English fans in Paris were doing their best to spread the good word of the Beatles.
“A 13-year-old English girl, Jean Collinson, told me I signed my name for her: ‘Paris is getting ready to go crazy. The English here have made sure,’” he wrote.
Even at their hotel, the Beatles could not escape the initial frenzy.
Harrison wrote, “John and Paul slept until 3 p.m. today – reinventing ourselves for tonight’s trial at Versailles.” “They didn’t go out of town last night. I did. Night-clubbing at Place Pigalle and didn’t go to bed until 5 a.m. I’d fall asleep, but at about 10 a.m. the phone rang and an English girl’s voice AI: ‘I’m coming from London. Is Paul there?’ I said no. He is kicking. Who is he?’ She laughed a little and I realized it was a fan.”
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