RIP Muhammad Ali! Ali Knocks The Beatles Out! Amazing Beatles Pictures!

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1964 file photo, boxer Cassius Clay lifts Beatles member Ringo Starr while the singers visited Clay's camp in Miami Beach, Fla. Others from left are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon. A few days earlier the British musicians had appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. A week later, Clay would beat Sonny Liston and go on to even greater things as Muhammad Ali. (AP Photo)

FILE – In this Feb. 18, 1964 file photo, boxer Cassius Clay lifts Beatles member Ringo Starr while the singers visited Clay’s camp in Miami Beach, Fla. Others from left are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon. A few days earlier the British musicians had appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. A week later, Clay would beat Sonny Liston and go on to even greater things as Muhammad Ali. (AP Photo)

RIP Muhammad Ali…

A sad day for everyone as Muhammad Ali has died…there are many places to go for the incredible story of this man’s life, but I wanted to show a time when he was playful and fun – with the Beatles!

Here is the setup:

Beatles Seattle fishing 1964

Fishing With The Beatles!

Growing up in Seattle, I always heard the stories about how rock bands would fish out of their hotel room windows from the legendary Edgewater hotel!

Edgewater-hotel Seattle The Beatles

As you can see the hotel is right on the water – and I always heard stories that The Beatles actually fished from their rooms when staying there – and it was true! Look at these amazing photos!

Edgewater Hotel The Beatles fishing

Yes, The Beatles enjoyed some down time when they visited Seattle in 1964 – and since the Edgewater Hotel is right on Puget Sound, they ALL really did go fishing!

John Lennon The Beatles Fishing

Beatles Seattle fishing 1964

These are just some of the fascinating pictures from “Beatlemania”, when the Fab Four would hold spirited press conferences in every city they visited!

Beatles press conference

The Beatles Know How To Throw A Punch!

Some of the most hilarious Beatles quotes came from these press conferences, like this one:


Reporter: “They think your haircuts are un-American.”
John: “Well, it was very observant of them because we aren’t American, actually.”

John’s acerbic wit wowed the press – along with Paul, George and Ringo as well…and they got to meet some of America’s greatest entertainers!

The Beatles Muhammad Ali

Yes, The Beatles Knew How To Take A Punch, Too!

The Beatles posed for some incredible photos with Muhammad Ali!

According to a Facebook comment by Scott Mantz, this photo shoot was set up by Dezo Hoffman, the official photographer who joined The Beatles on their first US visit (when this photo was taken) — John in particular was SO humiliated by this, he didn’t speak to Hoffman for months!!

muhammad-ali The Beatles

To me, the photos are hilarious, but if ANY ONE of The Beatles wouldn’t like this, it would have been John!

Ringo, on the other hand, didn’t seem to mind at all!

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1964 file photo, boxer Cassius Clay lifts Beatles member Ringo Starr while the singers visited Clay's camp in Miami Beach, Fla. Others from left are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon. A few days earlier the British musicians had appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. A week later, Clay would beat Sonny Liston and go on to even greater things as Muhammad Ali. (AP Photo)

FILE – In this Feb. 18, 1964 file photo, boxer Cassius Clay lifts Beatles member Ringo Starr while the singers visited Clay’s camp in Miami Beach, Fla. Others from left are Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon. A few days earlier the British musicians had appeared for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show. A week later, Clay would beat Sonny Liston and go on to even greater things as Muhammad Ali. (AP Photo)

These are pictures from 1964 when Ali was still known as Cassius Clay – and they are just amazing to me!

Great pics from The Beatles are always fun to see, perhaps none more so than the outtakes from the iconic “Abbey Road” shoot!

Beatles Abbey Road pictures

Yes, they still had fun, even when things weren’t going as well behind-the-scenes…all of their music videos and behind-the-scenes videos show sparks of camaraderies, all the way to the end…

The Beatles Abbey Road Pictures

If you want to see some incredible outtakes from the “Abbey Road” cover shoot, AND hear The White Album amp’ed up by a hundred, click on my story here:


https://johnrieber.com/2014/02/10/the-beatles-remixed-white-album-x100-beatles-abbey-road-greatest-outtakes/

One of the greatest documentaries ever is “Let It Be”, the story of the making of the album…

Let-It-Be-1970

It was, of course, a disaster…John was sullen and alienated the others by bringing Yoko into the studio – at one point in a hospital bed! It created bad blood between them – but they rallied of course with their last live performance ver, from the roof of their office building in London:

The Beatles Let It Be

I got my hands on an early VHS copy of the film, which was withdrawn from circulation…if you want to read more about this – and see some of the great live performances, click here:


https://johnrieber.com/2013/04/06/let-it-be-the-beatles-lost-documentary-londons-live-beatles-rooftop-concert/

And finally, some of their best songs were recorded during this time…and a couple are overlooked gems:

The Beatles Let It Be

You can read some great trivia about John and Paul’s songs by clicking here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/01/26/the-beatles-forgotten-gems-john-lennons-monkey-mccartneys-primal-feeling/

Leave me a message and let me know if The Beatles did anything unique in your town!

Beatles Seattle fishing 1964



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