Ringo dancing to Drive My Car
and george martin is like ringo stop
we are old men
we do not do this
August 17th 1966 during the North American Tour, writer Gloria Malerba interviewed John about his weight:
I told him we were running some old pictures we dug up of him in Tobago.
John: Not them fat pictures - I hate them pictures.
Oh really? I’m sorry - because we’re running them.
John: I think I’ll keep that copy of your magazine because fat ones remind me of how ‘orrible it is when I’m fat so I won’t get fat again.
You’ve lost a lot of weight though, haven’t you?
John: Yeah, sure.
Have you done it consciously - I mean, have you been on a diet?
John: Yes. Well, not dieting, just sort of laying off really. I still eat chocolates. I just think before I eat.
Do all of you have any weight problems?
No. George never puts anything on, you know. He only loses it. He goes from sort of one stone to one-and-a-half stones. I’m sort of the only one that had trouble. Paul used to have a bit of trouble - but he’s got control over it now. And I’m getting down - it’s just a matter of thinking really. You know, it’s not a desperate problem - I just sort of lean into getting fat. Also, I eat more when I have got nothing to do. That’s the trouble. When I’m just sitting around in hotel rooms - we sit for four hours - you’re drinking Coke and things all the time - and stuffing little bits in your mouth. That’s what I’ve got to stop. It seems to have worked.
Yes. I think you’re looking very fit these days.
John: It makes me feel better. It’s amazing. Your clothes fit. I’ve lost at least a stone. I’ve lobbed out all the clothes that fitted me before and now I’ve only got one suit that fits me at this size, so I’ve got to buy new ones or I’ll have nothing to wear, you see.
from “Life with the Beatles” in Datebook magazine, January 1967. (source: goodtimemusic)
The photo above is one of the “fat pictures” of John, Cynthia, Ringo, and Maureen’s trip to Tobago in January 1966.
Livro: As cartas de John Lennon
Para Cynthia, natal de 1958