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|David Crosby - Mojo, 2012
On visiting The Beatles at Abbey Road after they had finished recording Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band:
I walked in, and they were acting silly and strange and having fun, because I think they were thrilled with what they had done. They knew what they had created. They sat me down in the middle of a room on a stool, and they were laughing about it: they rolled over two of those huge, coffin-sized speakers up on either side of me, and then they played me A Day In The Life. And when they got to the end of the piano chord - man, I was dish-rag. I was floored. It took me several minutes to be able to talk after that.
On the Beatles' Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band:
You couldn't help but have it change your whole world. Think about where we were coming from, man – the kind of things you expected from bands before was...you know...Paul Revere And The Raiders. It was dim. And then here was this blazing, glorious panoply of colour and sounds – it was fantastic. No-one had done an album where the songs felt so right together. They were way ahead of us. When I was a kid, we'd be standing around in some burger joint and somebody would put Day Tripper on, and I would get competive about it. I would feel we were almost nipping at their heels. But by the time they got Sgt Pepper – man, they were so far ahead of everybody ... they hadn't stretched the envelope, they’d thrown the envelope away. But it was inspiring, all I wanted to do was approach my music with the same freedom."
David Crosby - Goldmine 1995
They (The Beatles)
were our heroes. They were absolutely what we thought we wanted to do. We
listened to every note they played, and savored it, and rubbed it on our
foreheads, and were duly affected by it. I was in Chicago, living with a
British guy named Clem Floyd on Well Street, right in the middle of it
Chris Hillman - Triste 2003
And then you know with McCartney and Lennon of course at the end, they were writing stuff themselves and they would publish it or copyright it as Lennon/McCartney, when sometimes it would just be Paul that had written the song, you know? But initially as they started out it was the two of them. And I'm sure that's happened with Jagger, and whatever.
Chris Hillman - Central Coast Magazine 2008
We also saw The Beatles first movie, A Hard Days Night, which also
opened our eyes quite a bit. That's where Roger McGuinn saw George
Harrison playing a Rickenbacker 12-string. Roger had been playing a Gibson
acoustic 12-string and when he saw Harrison, that was the guitar--and the
rest, as they say, is history. So, in the literal sense, yes, we plugged
our amplifiers in and by hook or crook, learned how to play to Rock and
Roll. It was actually what made The Byrds unique because we didn't have a
blueprint to follow.
Chris Hillman - Portfolio Weekly 2006
A lot of bands in those days, with the exception of The Beatles, didn't
play on their own records. But Tambourine Man was the only song the band
didn't play on. Columbia Records was sort of hedging their bets, 'we're
giving these guys a singles deal;' meaning that if the single takes off,
we have the option to do an album. We played on everything else; in fact I
will go on record saying we were better in the studio than we were on
stage. We took sort of a lackadaisical attitude onstage but in the studio
we made pretty darn good records."
Roger McGuinn - Modern Guitars Magazine 2006
Yes, we (George Harrison and I) were friends. He was very reserved. A
really sweet guy, he loved his music, loved his family. Not much to say.
We went to his house in Hyde Park and he was kind enough to show us
around. He let me play his Rickenbacker that he played on A Hard Day's
Night. Showed us around his studio and we all went out to dinner. Early on
the Byrds went to see A Hard Day's Night, a kind of reconnaissance trip.
And we took notes on what the Beatles were playing and bought instruments
like they had. We got a Gretsch Country Gentleman and the Rick.
Roger McGuinn - Christian Music Today 2004
George Harrison wrote that song (If I Needed Someone) after hearing the Byrds' recording of Bells of Rhymney. He gave a copy of his new recording to Derek Taylor, the Beatles' former press officer, who flew to Los Angeles and brought it to my house. He said George wanted me to know that he had written the song based on the rising and falling notes of my electric Rickenbacker 12-string guitar introduction. It was a great honor to have in some small way influenced our heroes the Beatles.
Roger McGuinn - Folk To Flyte 1996
If you listen to the very early Byrds recordings on, say, Preflyte, you can hear a pronounced Beatles sound. We moved away from that gradually, after getting into Dylan material. We weren't thinking of making a new musical style at the time; we were just trying to keep a beat.
Roger McGuinn - ByrdsFlyght 2000
Playing the Royal Albert Hall, and meeting the Beatles was the high point, the low came just as the Byrds were ending.
Roger McGuinn - PopMatters 2006
I guess you'd have to focus on the main points, which would be that
jingle-jangle sound of the Rickenbacker electric twelve-string, the pretty
harmonies, the melodies -- the folk-based melodies -- and combining the
folk songs or style of folk songs with the energy of the Beatles, kind of
combining the two because that had not been done prior to Mr. Tambourine
Man. Now some people say it was the Animals, but that was a blues song,
but (jokingly pauses), ok, anyway ... We were doing it, then exploring
different territories, like country and jazz, and what they called
psychedelia, which was really our jazz exploration.
Roger McGuinn - HeatBeat 2007
The blending of Folk and Rock was something that was inspired by The
Beatles when I was working for Bobby Darin in New York. I was in the Brill
Building in 1963 and I heard The Beatles and it inspired a combination of
Folk and Rock and I went down to Greenwich Village and I started playing
traditional songs with a Beatle beat and gradually when I went out to the
West Coast Gene Clark came along and David Crosby and we formed The Byrds
around that sound.
Roger McGuinn - O'Reilly 2005
Actually, the (jingle-jangle guitar) sound was already around in the
early 60s. The Searchers and The Seekers were doing it on songs like
Needles and Pins and Every Time You Walk in the Room. I think Harrison
picked up on that and started a little bit of that sound when the
Rickenbacker company gave him his first electric 12-string. The Byrds were
big Beatles and Searchers and Seekers fans, so when I got the electric 12,
I pursued that sound further myself. I had been playing around with
Bach-like stuff at that time, too, which together with the 12-string
became the basis of the intro riff to Mr. Tambourine Man. A little Jesu,
Joy of Man's Desiring kind of thing there.
Roger McGuinn - The Hornpipe 2005
I first saw the Beatles on television in 1963, in New York. It was the
clip with all the screaming girls. I loved the music! I got it right away
and started playing folk songs with a Beatle beat down in Greenwich
Roger McGuinn - PopMatters 2004
Back when the Byrds and the Beatles were more or less hanging out together, George had listened to the Byrds' version of The Bells Of Rhymney, the Pete Seeger song, and on it I had done the riff with the Rickenbacker going (de-de-de, de-de-de), so he took that and made the tune If I Needed Someone out of it. They had recorded it for Rubber Soul and they gave a preview copy to Derek Taylor, who was working with them in London as their press officer, and he was working for the Byrds in that capacity too. He flew back to L.A. and came to my house and said "George wants you to have a copy of this, and he wanted you to know that If I Needed Someone is based on the riff from The Bells Of Rhymney. It was kind of a cool cross-pollination in a way.
Roger McGuinn - Ear Candy 1999
I'd had my acoustic 12-string for years. The Beatles movie showed me
that there was a great electric 12-string on the market.
Roger McGuinn - BBC London 2009
"It was very much like being in A Hard Day's Night, coming down the
steps of our Pan Am plane the first time we were here (in England)," he
chuckles as he cradles a Martin acoustic guitar in his lap.
Chris Hillman - Musicangle 2004
I loved The Beatles. I thought they were really special when they came
out and Jim (Dickson) invited me down to hear the guys singing and I
thought that they were really great. It was above and beyond anything I'd
ever heard before, and I thought, "What an opportunity!" when they asked