Back in 1964, The Beatles began to approach international superstardom and Beatlemania was spreading like wildfire. Undoubtedly, there has never been a fan base like The Beatles in the ’60s. Why were fans of the group so uniquely passionate? George Harrison, with the help of Daily Express writer Derek Taylor, wrote about his theory in his column for the Daily Express.
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In his column of February 14, 1964 daily Express, Harrison wrote about the band’s first playing in America. First, they appeared The Ed Sullivan Show, then he toured the country, including a performance at Carnegie Hall (which he was most excited about). It was a whirlwind trip and Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were all delighted to learn that the Americans welcomed them with open arms. But they also found that they were the subject of investigation.
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“Ever since we came here, Americans have been trying to figure out what makes us tick – especially me,” he wrote, as recorded in the book, George Harrison on George Harrison. “Sending newspapers, as well as journalists and photographers to our press conferences, sending psychiatrists and psychologists. In fact, we thought it might be interesting if there was some explanation for our success. But we are no closer to finding this out from psychiatrists than anyone else. ”
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In a previous column, Harrison wrote that The Beatles had developed a cynical attitude as a “defense mechanism” to ground themselves. This is how they were treated with fame.
“The big point in this business is how to approach it and be flexible,” he wrote in a February 14 column. “It is not good to be carried away by your own propaganda man. That’s it for you. And it’s not a good idea to have all the girls yell and scream when you play, they love you. And quite honestly none of us do.”
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Harrison believed that Beatles fans had reason to love him. That, and they knew how to give them what they wanted.
“We love our fans, but we have adapted ourselves for them,” he wrote. “And so I guess they still like us.”
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr would laugh at what was written about them in the press
Another way the Beatles stayed grounded was to not pay much attention to what was written about them in the press. Lennon told Harrison that he had stopped reading anything about himself. “It’s a load of old garbage,” he said. “Enough to send you to a psychiatrist.”
But the band still had to try interviews and with reporters to find out what Lennon, McCartney, Starr, and Harrison did.
“The other day one of them got up and asked: ‘Ringo is known for his rings, Paul is clearly known for his looks, and John is known for his marriage. Then there’s you, Mr. Harrison—what are you known for? Go?’” Harrison wrote.
He told them: “As long as I get an equal share of the money, I am ready to remain anonymous.”
Plus, the headlines made for laughs.
“We all have a good laugh at the labels that rest on us,” he wrote. “They are far from the truth.”
In fact, “there was no real shyness, no real sexy.”
“But as long as the money comes and they keep on liking us, they can call us whatever they want,” Harrison wrote.