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Beatles Secrets / Open Lines

Date Friday - January 31, 2020
Host George Noory
Guests Ivor DavisOpen Lines

As a foreign correspondent Ivor Davis has written widely on movies and medicine for the London Daily Express, The Times of London, The New York Times Syndicate, and Los Angeles Magazine. He discussed his rowdy and riotous recollections of being a reporter for the London Daily Express and having unrestricted access to the Beatles as a member of their entourage on their 1964 tour of the United States. He recalled traveling to hook up with the band at a San Francisco hotel, where thousands of young girls had it surrounded for a glimpse of the Fab Four. "They couldn't go anywhere, they couldn't leave their hotel," Davis said, noting he became like family with them. The boys from Liverpool were "feeling their oats rather nicely" during the tour, he confessed.

Davis remembered the band's warped sense of humor, particularly John who would go out of his way to get a reaction out of him. He estimated the audience at those early concerts was composed almost entirely of fanatical young women. "They were screaming so much I could hardly hear the music," he noted. The best seats for a Beatles concert back then were around five dollars, he explained, pointing out a concert ticket now for Paul McCartney could run up to $1500. Davis wondered if certain events had happened differently, would The Beatles have lasted longer as a band. "This year is the 50th anniversary of The Beatles breaking up... I saw it happening," he revealed, blaming the death of manager Brian Epstein and Paul and John heading in different directions for the split. "They thought they would last five years at most," he added.

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During Open Lines, George asked listeners to share the most foolish things they've ever done. Keith from Ohio admitted as a kid he did not wear a restraint on a roller coaster at an amusement park in Cleveland. As a result, his body flew forward when the cars came to an abrupt stop and his nose smashed into a pole. "To this day I've had problems, I think I've had five surgeries on my nose," Keith said. he also told George he was able to get Paul McCartney to sign his 45 record of "Let It Be" at a recent concert.

Tracy in Kentucky recalled when he was a child and he chose to ignore his mother's warning about riding a bicycle without shoes. According to Tracy, he found a big hill and started to ride down it when the chain on his bike came off. They only way he could slow the bike was to use his bare feet as brakes. "I rubbed every bit of skin off the bottom of my feet," he said, noting his tootsies were bloody and raw. Tracy hobbled home where his mother reminded him about how many times she had told him to always wear shoes when riding a bike.

Blair from Sedona, Arizona, recounted the time in 1972 he was traveling on the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge when his car started acting up. Blair decided to try the on ramp anyway and halfway up it the car died. "I'm the big traffic jam starter - the helicopters are overhead, the TV and the radio are talking about the car there, my car, stopping all the traffic," he said.

The final half hour featured a replay from 10/4/2019 when Rich Martini discussed Amelia Earhart and his afterlife research.

News segment guests: Charles Coppes / Peter Davenport / Tim Binnall

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