The Beatles meet Cassius Clay - aka Muhammad Ali
Various photographs of The Beatles' encounter with Cassius Clay - aka Muhammad Ali, February 18th 1964 at Miami's Fifth Street Gym. Clay was in training for his upcoming fight with Sonny Liston.
Later that evening The Beatles went to a drive-in movie to see Elvis Presley's Fun in Acapulco.
"Obviously we were having an effect, because all these people were clamouring to meet us - like Muhammad Ali, for instance. We were taken to meet him on that first trip. It was a big publicity thing. It was all part of being a Beatle, really; just getting lugged around and thrust into rooms full of press men taking pictures and asking questions. Muhammad Ali was quite cute, he had a fight coming up in a couple of days with Sonny Liston. There is a famous picture of him holding two of us under each arm." - George Harrison
Photos by Harry Benson.