May 14, 1968. NBC Interview with John Lennon & Paul McCartney, and Johnny Carson’s Guest Host Joe Garagiola and (slightly drunk) actress Tellulah Bankhead. Quite stupidly for the public, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Almost all 1962-1970 episodes were erased by NBC (taped over).
What does still exist is due only to TV-viewing Beatles fans trying to capture the moment, back before the days of home VCRs. A small portion of the interview was captured on silent home-movie film by a Beatles fan aiming an 8mm movie camera at their TV set. A short home movie of the TV screen, while producing a poor-quality picture and only a very small bit of the full 2appearance, unfortunately is the only known ‘video’ in existence of John and Paul’s 1968 appearance on the Tonight Show.
Luckily, most of the audio was recorded by another Beatles fan who decided to capture the TV interview by placing their amateur audio recorder next to their TV set.
Here is the best that remains……
(Bankhead died weeks later Her last coherent words reportedly were “Codeine … bourbon.”)
This was taped in May of 1968; TellulahBankhead died in December of 1968.