Young John Lennon once told a reporter that the Beatles were not good musicians

John Lennon revealed that he didn’t think the Beatles were good musicians for a student journalist who spoke at a press conference before a gig.

In one notable recording, legendary songwriter Let’s Slip the Fab Four counted himself as more entertaining than the musicians, and said he struggled to write his songs because his record company wanted him to do cover versions. .

In an extensive, never-aired interview, Liverpool-born Lennon also stated that he would have been a layabout (loafer) if he had not been such a successful musician.

John Lennon revealed that he did not think the Beatles were good musicians for student journalist John Hill, seen here at right, with Lennon (middle) and an unnamed newspaper reporter (standing).
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He said the Beatles hoped they could get rich quick before their fame waned – and even joked about hiding their money from future Labor Prime Minister Harold Wilson.

He made a shockingly outspoken remark to 18-year-old John Hill during a gig in Hull, East Yorkshire, England, in 1964.

Art student Hill, who wrote for Hull Art College magazine, paid to attend the concert, but kept his word at a pre-gig press conference, where he recorded their chat.

When asked whether the Beatles considered themselves primarily musicians or entertainers, Lennon said: “I’ve never really thought about it, but I guess we don’t consider ourselves to be good musicians. , so I guess we’re gonna have fun.

“But we don’t entertain much ’cause that’s where we stand, so I think we should be musicians. We’re in the union anyway.”

Lennon also told Hill: “We were initially asked to record other stuff, but it was us who forced the issue to record our songs.

“We almost recorded ‘How Do You Do It,’ Gerry and the Pacemakers, and some other crap they gave us.”

The Beatles At The London Palladium
The Beatles on stage at the London Palladium during a performance in front of 2,000 fans on October 13, 1963.
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During the chat, he told Hill that his friends were taking university arts exams for him while he was on tour with the group in Scotland, and revealed that he never told the school he was going to Germany because He “wanted his grant.”

He also declined to send a message to Hull’s art students to keep working because he “never overdone himself.”

Recordings of the remarkable interview, taped as Beatlemania Swept Britain, come out nearly 60 years later.

It is expected to fetch around £4,000 ($4,904) when it goes up for auction this week.

Hill was tasked with doing a report for Art College magazine and Student Rag Mag. He paid money to be on the show and then bluffed into the room where the group members were talking to the press.

Hill later recalled: “I couldn’t do shorthand, so I borrowed a fi chord, an early portable reel-to-reel tape recorder, from a friend and took it along.

“I was the smallest in the room and the only person with the microphone. That got John Lennon’s attention.

“He was really interested in the machine and we were doing an interview in a corner with the passing newsman throwing up a weird question.”

The extraordinary recording would not last in a drawer for the next 50 years until Hill, a former teacher and university lecturer, was cleaning it.

He sold it to its current owner, a collector of plow antiquities and memorabilia.

The Beatles In 1966
The Beatles (LR) Portrait of Paul McCartney, George Harrison (1943–2001), Ringo Starr and John Lennon (1940–1980) before the start of their world tour, at the BBC Television Studios in London, June 17, 1966.
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Auctioneer Graham Paddyson said: “One of the most amazing things about the recording is how relaxed they were together, with only two art college students interacting.

“At one point, Beetle grabbed the microphone while the student was struggling with his kit.

“Lennon was as friendly as he could have been – not flippant or jockey or clever dick – treating his young interviewer’s questions with respect, which certainly makes his answers interesting.

“It was definitely another age. Some of John’s comments surround PR teams with modern stars with heart failure.”

Tapes, recording machines, and student magazine articles will go under the hammer this Friday at 2PM David Dugleby Auctioneers

This story was provided to Greeley Tribune zenger news,

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