New Yorker John Loengard's Life Magazine cover from February 28, 1964. I recall it clearly and still have a copy. His recollections are interesting and hark back to a very exciting time to be a young teen.
“I went down to Florida to make this photo after being asked if I had any ideas on what to do with the Beatles as a cover,” Loengard recalls. “It was my idea to put them in a pool—but we couldn’t find a heated pool, the water in the pool we did use was cold, and there was always the problem of other press trying to get in. It would have to be a pool that we could close off to everyone else. So, in the end, it was a very quick shoot in a private pool, with the Beatles shivering and singing in the water before jumping out. My impression of these guys was that they were like four high school kids. You know, they had beards, sort of—like when you first start having to shave, but aren’t quite sure how to do it.
Still, better than being in the Mersey.
This is a one-off Original piece on Saunders Waterford 300gsm HP paper, using mixed media including Watercolour Paint, Acrylic Paint, Inktense Pencils and occasionally Unison Colour Soft Pastels.