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(CNN) -- The Beatles arrived in America with wits blazing. Here are some excerpts from the group's press conference at New York's Kennedy Airport, February 7, 1964:

FEMALE FAN: Would you please sing something?



RINGO: Sorry.

M.C: Next question.

Q: There's some doubt that you CAN sing.

JOHN: No, we need money first.

* * * * *

Q: How many of you are bald, that you have to wear those wigs?

RINGO: All of us.

PAUL: I'm bald.

Q: You're bald?

JOHN: Oh, we're all bald, yeah.

PAUL: Don't tell anyone, please.

JOHN: And deaf and dumb, too.

* * * * *

Q: Was your family in show business?

JOHN: Well, me dad used to say me mother was a great performer.

* * * * *

Q: What do you think of the campaign in Detroit to stamp out the Beatles?

PAUL: We've got a campaign of our own to stamp out Detroit.

* * * * *

Q: What do you think of Beethoven?

RINGO: Great. Especially his poems.

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