After the Beatles became worldwide phenomenons, there is very little of what they said or did that didn’t get recorded in some way. From 1964 until today, whether on film, radio or print media, when a Beatles speaks…people listened! So on August 1, 1966, when Paul McCartney was interviewed on BBC’s David Frost at the Phonograph, the first minute of his interview made the front page of the Sunday Argus-Leader in Sioux Falls, SD on August 7, 1966. Amazingly, the article does a very good job of misquoting McCartney (imagine that!), so here’s a transcript of the fist minute (out of nine minutes) of the interview that this story was pulled from:
Frost: It is alleged by certain people in your organization that you’re very soon off to America. Does that fill you with delight?
McCartney: Yeah. It’s good. I enjoy it in America. I think I like England much better as a place.
McCartney: I don’t know. It’s the atitude of the people generally, in America that makes it, um, not as good a place to be as England.
Frost: Whatja mean? Uh…just sort of the intolerant or…
McCartney: Well, I don’t know really. The kind of people we meet in America tend to be…uh…you know, heads of corporations and publicity business things, so I know we don’t get a good feel of American life, but they all seem to believe that, sort of, money is it! Which is true to an extent but not all the time, ya know. They believe in it all the time!
Frost: Yeah, well, they’ve carried it all much further than we have. They’re much more efficient about it and much more frightening about it.
McCartney: Mm yeah, much more frightening!
Just to bring you all up to date, Paul McCartney currently owns no less than four properties in the U.S., including Beverly Hills, Manhattan, the Hamptons, and Arizona. And as of today (June 2018), his net worth is estimated at $1.2 billion making him the 2nd richest musician in the world behind Andrew Lloyd Weber! And let’s not forget that he’s currently married to a Jersey girl, Nancy Shevell…his second American wife.
Whaddya think of us now, Macca? Not so scary….huh?