When Muhammad Ali Met The Beatles

by Joey deVilla on May 15, 2010

beatles and ali

It made for a nice picture, but a less-than-nice story.

Here’s an excerpt from Muhammad Ali: Through the Eyes of the World describing the meeting:

Cassius Clay and The Beatles climbed into the ring and, as if they just hadn’t met each other, they went through what seemed like a total choreographed routine. There are wonderful photographs of this, in which he pretends to hit the first Beatle and they all fall down like dominoes and scamper about the ring. Then they go off to their history and he goes off to his. Then, a few minutes later, he called me over and said, “So who were those little faggots?”

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Gordon Rodwell January 2, 2011 at 12:07 am

What year was this picture taken?

Muhammad Ali January 8, 2011 at 6:49 pm


the beatles January 18, 2011 at 3:37 am

So who was that nigger?

Ringo January 18, 2011 at 9:26 am

What’s that you said now, Cassius? Cat got your tongue?

fbeat January 18, 2011 at 9:55 pm

@ the beatles
This was from a time when the word “faggot” meant “man from Liverpool.” you idiot.

anonymous January 20, 2011 at 2:13 am

Maybe he was joking? I don’t wanna sound like a queer or nothing but I think the Beatles were pretty famous…

MUHAMMED ALI August 19, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Who am I? I was the guy that knocked yo head off honkey! Now go back to banging drums with yer butt buddies, Ringo – you not gay, but your drumming now certainly is!

Muhammad Ali November 3, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I don’t remember who I am 🙁

Mike February 25, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Was this photo taken at Ali’s Camp in Deer lake Pennsylvania?

R June 4, 2016 at 10:52 am

This was on Feb 18th 1964 and NOBODY really knew who they were. They had just arrived in the United States. This was right at the beginning of Beatlemania.

Joe August 18, 2017 at 9:14 pm

Men didn’t have long hair then . It was 1964 . Trust me it was the hair . No one could believe at that time that a man would have hair like that . After the Beatles came then men began wearing their hair long again . The older generation called them ” commie pinko faggots” . I was 14 then and soon I too was growing my hair longer… “pinko commie fag” . I heard that a million times

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