By Brian Ives 

On Minimation, we comb through the CBS Radio interview archives and animate interviews with legendary artists. In this interview from 1975, John Lennon recalls sneaking out of his hotel room during the Beatles‘ first trip to the U.S. 

When the Fab Four first came to the United States, the country was in the full throes of Beatlemania. Before stepping off of the airplane, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr was major celebrities; this was evidenced by the huge crowd waiting to meet them at New York’s John F Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964.

The band didn’t have much downtime during their first trip to America, and when they did they spent a lot of it in their hotel room.

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