Nightly News | November 27, 2012
>>> tonight we get to hear something for the first time. audiotape being released by the library of congress for all to hear. for music fans it amounts to something of a rosetta stone on tape. these tapes were recorded by a record executive named joe smith who once ran warner records while working on a book in the '80s, he conducted over 200 hours of interviews on tape. as you'll hear from the stars, they helped fill in some blank spots in modern music history.
>> for starters, we get to hear ray charles explain why he can never sing the same song the same way twice. especially when people want to hear it exactly the way it is on the record.
>> i sing, i can't stop loving you, georgia -- there ain't no way i can sing georgia the same way --
>> a lot of the newly released independent views have to do with the stones and the beatles .
>> i think it's very competitive. it's a very competitive business.
>> the two bands actually got along in a sweet way. then goes on to talk about the fab four. mccartney who admits to a strong sense of commercialism gives a candid assessment to his mate. saying john and ringo had natural wit. then mccartney talks about something else, drugs and sergeant pepper , the album that became to define the beatles psychedelic era .
>> sergeant pepper owes a lot to us getting into pop. compared to what you talk about these days, you're never sort of out of it on the floor.
>> reporter: finally we hear from yoko ono , john lennon 's widow, who takes on a long lingering rumor once and for all.
>> i didn't break up the beatles . the beatles were getting very independent. john, in fact, was not the first one who wanted to leave the beatles . paul was the only one who was trying to hold the beatles together. but then again, the other three felt that paul was going to hold the beatles together as his band. it was an incredible period of unpleasantness for john. he was delighted that he was out of it.
>> yoko says ringo was the first one who wanted out. and as time goes by, consider this, the stones 50th anniversary tour is underway. and today would have been jimi hendrix 70th birthday.