Phil Spector WIth John and Cynthia
On the flight to the U.S., Lennon, Harrison, McCartney and Starr had been up and about, talking with friends and companions, including Brian Epstein and producer Phil Spector. "Since America has always had everything," McCartney said to Spector, "why should we be over there making money? They've got their own groups. What are we going to give them that they don't already have?" Lennon, sitting with his wife, Cynthia, was – as he was throughout his life – a mix of anxiety and arrogance. "On the plane over, I was thinking, 'Oh, we won't make it' . . . but that's that side of me," he later told Rolling Stone's Jann S. Wenner. "We knew we would wipe you out if we could just get a grip."