Beatles Tell Memphis Newsmen They like Negro Vocal Groups
Jet Magazine September 1966
When Four long-haired Britishers—John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harris (sic) and Ringo Starr – known professionally as the Beatles –sang to a Memphis, Tenn audience of 20, 128 (which included two performances) only a handful of Negroes were spotted. Included among the screaming fans was Carla Thomas, a top recording star who current disk B-A-B-Y has caused many screams at rock n roll concerts Carla, without reservation, let it be known that “I am a Beatle fan.” Carla continued, “:I’ve always wanted to see them in person but was disappointed because I couldn’t hear anything for all of the screaming teenagers. I like them, especially Paul.” Between performances, the notorious foursome held a 25 minute so called “press” conference which was no place for a working newsmen (teenage girls broke It up with their screams). Paul McCartney, seemingly the happiest of the four, didn’t hesitate to answer, “We like American colored groups,” when a reporter asked, “Who is your (The Beatles) favorite American singer?” John Lennon, the most talkative member of the British quartet, confirmed that last spring they planned to record an album in Memphis but “little things like money” kept getting in the way. Lennon noted that, “We would love to record with Booker T. and the MG’s” Booker T. Jones, a recent graduate of Indiana University, is a Memphian who hit it big several years ago with “Green Onions” His latest platter is “My Sweet Potato” Touring with the Beatles on their second American tour were the Ronettes and Nashville born singer Bobby Hebb. Just before taking to the stage for their final Memphis show, Beatle Manager Brian Epstein permitted only one photographer (of more than 150 reporters and photographers) inside their dressing room—Jet’s Memphis lensman Mark Stansbury.