Friday, November 17, 2006

George Answers

The December 1964 issue of Datebook magazine published the Beatles' replies to letters from their fans. Here are some of George's answers:

Me and my friend Doris have seen you on stage and on the telly in shows and on the news too. You always seem to be having jokes with one another. Don’t you think you would make good comedians if you tried? I bet you’d get lots of laughs. Do you plan the funny things you say or do you just make them up on the spur of the moment? I bet you make a funny answer to this letter, if you ever read it, that is. – Peggy and Doris

If we ever read your letter we will try to make a funny answer. I showed it to John and asked him to write something funny and he said try it on Paul. I showed it to Paul and he said show it to Ringo and Ringo said he wasn’t a comedian but a tragic figure and would rather say something sad. Anyway, cutting out the joking, we like ourselves as we are and don’t particularly want to be comedians but will always have a go if are ever pleaded with.

What does Ringo do with his feet while he’s playing on stage? – Monica Carney

In hot weather he takes them off and leaves them in the wing where it’s nice and cool. At other times he does other things like (1) using them to hang his shoes and socks on, (2) using them to kick other Beatles if they annoy him, (3) using them to cover up little holes in the stage for us if there’s a draught. Oh yes – sometimes he also uses them on stage to push the bass drum pedal!

Can anyone tell me how to strangle a jelly? - Brenda

Well, as I was saying to Paul as he stepped out of that frying pan I think we should…how to strangle a what??? Well, first of all you have to wait until there’s a full moon to make sure the jelly is full-grown. Then tie a knot firmly round the moon and pull hard. The jelly will think you’re such a blooming idiot that it will strangle itself laughing. As I was saying to Paul, “who are those men in the big white coats coming towards us?”

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