Famed Beatles Interviewer David Frost Dies at Age 74
One of the most famous men in Britain, television host Sir David Frost, died on Saturday (Aug. 31) when he suffered a heart attack while on a cruise ship. He was 74.
Frost interviewed hundreds of world leaders and cultural figures over the course of his nearly 50-year career, including all four Beatles, who appeared on his various shows. The most recent appearance was in 2012, when Paul McCartney put an end to the long-standing belief that John Lennon‘s relationship with Yoko Ono was responsible for the demise of the Beatles.
The Examiner lists three other guest spots for McCartney – in 1964, ’65 and ’97. Lennon and George Harrison turned up to discuss transcendental meditation in 1967, and four years later Harrison appeared with Ravi Shankar. Lennon and Ono were his guests in both 1968 – their first interview as a couple – and 1972, after they had moved to New York. Ringo appeared in 1970.
On Sept. 8, 1968, the group debuted the video (then called “promotional clips”) for their new single, ‘Hey Jude,’ on Frost’s show. The filming of the video four days earlier marked the return of Ringo Starr to the group after quitting two weeks earlier.
Frost, who was knighted in 1993, rose to fame in the early-’60s as part of the British satirical boom that also made stars of Dudley Moore and Peter Cook (who openly feuded with Frost). His mid-60s show, ‘The Frost Report,’ employed the five British members of Monty Python as writers and performers before they struck out on as a group.