John Lennon and George Harrison fly to Tahiti
On May 4th 1964, John and Cynthia Lennon travelled to Tahiti with George Harrison and Pattie Boyd. The Beatles had just finished filming A Hard Day's Night and were craving time away from Beatlemania.
"In May, John and Cynthia and Pattie and I went on holiday. By now we were so famous that we couldn't get on an aeroplane without everyone knowing where we were going.
We took a private plane to Amsterdam and caught a flight going to Honolulu via Vancouver. After a long flight we got off the plane in Vancouver for twenty minutes while they refuelled, and by the time we reached Honolulu the whole American disc-jockey network had got us covered.
We had to stay in Honolulu for a couple of days awaiting the connection to Tahiti, so to get away from Waikiki we drove up to the north of the island to a beach where no one knew us." - George Harrison
"In Tahiti we were OK; we escaped there. Once we were on the boat, no one got near us – except for one fella from Sydney who we didn't speak to. He swam with us, saying, 'Can I come on your boat?' We said 'no' and he had to swim miles back!" - John Lennon
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr flew to The Virgin Islands with Maureen Starr and Jane Asher.