A: In the spring
of '64 I was trying to track down interviews with the Beatles no
matter who conducted them. Our listeners had shown us that they
wanted to hear the voices of them as much as hearing their music,
but the interviews we had gotten with them ourselves at the Plaza
Hotel in February were getting stale being played over and over
again. I contacted Beth Coleman in New York. She was the U.S. liaison
Epstein. In conversing with her on the phone she said she'd be happy
to ask Brian if any other interviews were available. I asked her
then if I could have a ticket on the Beatles' plane for their summer
U.S. tour. She said she could ask but their were no sure things.
A month later she called back saying I could go on the tour.
Kane with Paul McCartney
and John Lennon.
So you landed a spot on their month-long American tour plane.
Were other radio people on it as well?
only 2 American radio people to take the whole tour were myself
and WFUN (Miami) newsman, Larry Kane. On board also were two
journalists from London newspapers. For part of the trip we
had Art Schriber(sp?). I think he was from Cleveland, and
from the same station, dj Jim Stagg. Those last two covered
50 per cent of the tour each. There were various other dj's
who climbed on board the plane at the city just before their
own so they could deplane in their own home towns for the
Murray the K is often referred to as "the fifth Beatle," but you
told me he wasn't on that 1964 tour.
A: Murray was
not on the summer 64 tour.
You said you had to "sell" DRC management on letting you go for
a month - what convinced them?
A: The cost
for going on the tour, for making hotel and transportation, and
so forth was $5,000. I convinced WDRC management to resell my reports
to other stations across the country which they did to 11 others.
While you were touring, Don did your show. What was it like having
a brother act on the air?
A: I don't remember
what arrangements were made for my brother to do my show while I
was on the tour, but that exposure got him the morning show when
Ron Landry decided to leave.
Do you remember your introduction to the Beatles? What was their
reaction to your being there?
A: I don't
remember my first introduction to the Beatles but I know they were
suspicious. In February, Murray the K had attempted to bug their
rooms and they distrusted all those connected to the media.
Doing 'Round Connecticut column - August 23, 1964
Did you get backstage passes for every concert? What did you think
of the bizarre crowd reactions?
A: We got news
passes for each city which meant we could travel between back stage
and audience at will. The crowd reaction was surprising at first...ear
splitting, flash bulbs going off producing a gigantic light show,
but after a few concerts with the same reactions from the same show
each time I got used to it...sort of numbed.
During the tour, did you get the feeling the boys were trapped in
their hotels? Did they actually get to see any of the USA?
A: Yes, they
were trapped in hotels, back stage, in police cars, and such. They
did not get the chance to be tourists.