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Here is another of the many interviews John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave from their room in Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel during the May 1969 Bed-In. This one, conducted by Ken Seymour for CBC Radio, may have been taped the morning of the 27th, before the Bed-In officially began, according to this:
"Ken was roaming around Montreal, where he was living, looking for stories and contacts. At about midnight, he received an anonymous tip that John and Yoko had booked in at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. At the time, they couldn’t enter the USA because of his drug convictions in Britain.
“As soon as I got up the next morning, I went straight round there,” recalls Ken, now from Saltash, Cornwall, during a visit to the museum. “I asked to see them and eventually talked to Derek Taylor (then The Beatles’ publicity officer). I think he remembered me from coverage of Ringo’s honeymoon in Hove, Sussex. He said that they’d give me five minutes, so I went in. I did the five minutes, but we struck it off so well. It was flowing beautifully.”
Ken said that was all he needed for the news bulletin, but he invited them to continue the interview for a possible documentary about their “bed-in”. They agreed.
“John was wearing pyjamas and Yoko was in a nightdress,” says Ken. “They were preparing to do the bed-in, but hadn’t yet started it."
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A snippet of the report had been shown on the morning news on November 22, 1963, the day that With the Beatles, the band's second album, was released in Britain, and the full four-minute version was to be broadcast on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. But President Kennedy was shot that day and CBS cancelled its regular programming.
Ms. Albert happened to be watching when the segment was finally aired on December 10. It opened with a clip of the Beatles playing She Loves You.
The next day, she wrote to her local DJ, Carroll James of WWDC in Washington, asking: "Why can't we have music like that here in America?" Mr. James, who had also seen the CBS report, got a BOAC flight attendant to bring him a copy of the Beatles' latest single from Britain. On December 17, 1963, he invited Ms. Albert to the studio to introduce I Want to Hold Your Hand. Listeners went berserk.
"The switchboard went crazy," Mr. James recalled. "They were begging us to play it again, and you know, I did something that I had never done until that day - and that was play the same song twice during my show. For ten days, WWDC was the only station in America to have a copy."
Capitol Records had not planned to release the Beatles record until January 13, 1964, and hired a lawyer to seek a cease-and-desist order. But the record label decided that it would be wiser just to bring forward the release date."
When The Beatles finally arrived in Washington DC on February 11th, they were more than willing to chat live on the air with Carroll James, who would also MC their first US concert that night at the Washington Coliseum. The result was a loose and silly interview, and even Marsha was there to meet the boys!