On February 9th, 1964, The Beatles make their 1st TV appearance in America, on the Ed Sullivan Show. A few days later (on Feb 18th) they meet with Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay), at his Miami gym where he’s getting ready for his fight against Sonny Liston for the heavyweight title. Ali and the Beatles got along well, joking, mugging as well. “At one point though, the Beatles and Clay were all up in the ring together, talking about how much money they made. So Cassius pulled out a line he uses at time. He looked at them straight and said ‘You guys ain’t as dumb as you look.’ And John Lennon looked him right in the eye and told him, ‘No, but you are’ “ 
History doesn’t tell if crickets were heard in the gym after Lennon’s remark.
Looking at pictures taken during that day though, Ali and The Beatles sure seemed to have had some fun.
Muhammad Ali and the Beatles, 1954
_ _ _ Notes _ _ _ _ _ _
 “King of the World” by David Remnick (Vintage Books, 1998), p 63)