Repetition inför The Ed Sullivan Show
Denna fredag var det dags för The Beatles att repetera inför gruppens andra framträdande på The Ed Sullivan Show, som skulle äga rum på deras hotell den 16 februari 1964.
Förutom dagens repetitioner inför showen den kommande söndagen, tog gruppen del i en fotosession för Life Magazine. Den ägde rum i en swimmingpool hemma hos en av cheferna på Capitol Records.
Paul McCartney minns: We’d told Brian we wanted a pool, and a guy from a record company had one. Looking back, it was quite a modest little pool for Miami. Not a huge affair. We would go round there in the afternoon and not get bothered. It was great – four Liverpool lads, you know: ‘Get your cozzies on.’ Life magazine was taking photos of us swimming.
De fick också tillfälle att ta en båttur runt Miamis hamnområde i en båt som de fick låna av Bernard Castro, uppfinnaren av bäddsoffan!
Två reportrar försökte gömma sig ombord på båten, men upptäcktes och lämnades i land.
Ringo Starr minns: People were lending us yachts, anything we wanted. There were two great things in Florida. One: I was taken to my first drive-in in a Lincoln Continental by two very nice young ladies. Two: a family lent us their boat and let me drive. It was a sixty-foot speedboat, which I proceeded to bring into port head-on, not really knowing much about driving speedboats.
They have those pretty rails on the front, and I bent the bugger all over the place. But they didn’t seem to mind, you know; they were just happy!
Efter båtturen tog deras livvakt Sergant Buddy Bresner hem grabbarna till sin familj, som gav beatlarna något att äta.
Grabbarna stannade på festen till framåt 23-tiden, varefter de begav sig tillbaka till hotellet, där de tog del av underhållningen i hotellets nattklubb.
De fick se komikerna Don Rickles och Myron Cohen samt sångerskan Carol Lawrence.
Ringo Starr: Probably everyone has heard of Don Rickles now, but we hadn’t in those days, and he was playing in the Deauville Hotel where we stayed. He was a vicious type of comedian. He would say, ‘Hello, lady, where are you from?’ and she’d say, ‘Oh, I’m from Israel.’ He’d go to another table, ‘Where are you from?’ They’d say, ‘Germany,’ and it’d be: ‘Nazi, get out! What the hell is this?
Paul McCartney: Even The Beatles weren’t exempt from Rickles’ act.We were all on one table with our policeman buddy, our chaperone – we had this one bodyguard who came everywhere with us; he was a good mate and we often went back to his house – and he started on him: ‘Hey, cop, get a job! What’s this? Looking after The Beatles? Great job you got, man, looking after The Beatles!’ He went on, ‘It’s great. They just lie up there on the ninth floor, in between satin sheets and every time they hear the girls screaming they go “Oooohh”.’ Very funny, we thought. We were not amused, as I recall. Very cutting. I like him now but at first he was a bit of a shock.