George Martin made us what we were in the studio. He helped us develop a language to talk to other musicians.
My only regret with The Beatles is that I was wrongly advised and signed away my royalties to their records — about half a penny per title but, with them, that would have been an enormous amount.
Someone mentioned the Colosseum in Rome, and I think originally Paul might have even suggested a bloody boat in the middle of the ocean. As for me, I was rapidly warming up to the idea of an asylum. (Let It Be)
I’m really glad that most of the songs dealt with love, peace, understanding. There’s hardly any one of them that says: “Go on, kids, tell them all to sod off. Leave your parents.” It’s all very “All you need is love” or John’s “Give peace a chance.” There was a good spirit behind it all, […]
We laid down a few tracks, but nobody was really into it at all. It was just such a very, very dreadful feeling being there in Twickenham Studios at eight o’clock in the morning with some old geezer pointing a camera up your nose expecting you to make good music with colored lights flashing on […]
We did it (the side two medley-“Abbey Road”) this way because both John and I had a number of songs which were great as they were but which we’d never finished.
The thing is, in America, it just seemed ridiculous – I mean, the idea of having a hit record over there. It was just something you could never do.
That became a very big bond between John and me, because he lost his mum early on, too. We both had this emotional turmoil which we had to deal with and, being teenagers, we had to deal with it very quickly. We both understood that something had happened that you couldn’t talk about – but […]
We were just writing songs a la Everly Brothers, a la Buddy Holly, pop songs with no more thought to them than that–to create a sound. And the words were almost irrelevant.
I was rung one day by one of the blokes at the office, who said, “Hey, there’s a rumour started by a DJ in America that you’re dead.” I said, “You’re kidding – just tell him I’m not.” He said, “No, that won’t do. You’ve got no shoes on on the cover (of the ‘Abbey […]