In August 1964, with an epidemic of Beatlemania sweeping the nation, COUNTRY SONG ROUNDUP asked 13 of Nashville's biggest hit-makers what they thought about the Beatles.
Since their answers were surprisingly free of rancor and disdain, my guess is that the the whole thing was basically fiction and the stars in question were never actually asked the question at hand. Of course I could be wrong but, really, I'm having a hell of a hard time believing that Ray Price judged 'em to be "good and country."
For the record (and the search engines) here are their responses.
Jimmy Newman: I like the Beatles. I like their stage presence but I don't like some of their tunes. They won't affect country music one way or another, but Capitol Records has been so busy pressing Beatle records that they might hold back on country releases. I cut a tune myself recently that originally had a Beatle-type arrangement. The tune, "Summer Days and Golden Sand" was written in England by the way. I switched it to a country arrangement though.
Ferlin Husky: I don't know how they done it, but they did it.
Roy Drusky: Who said they couldn't sell records.
Chet Atkins: They've done a lot for the record industry.
Simon Crum: Wish they'd let their hair grow.
Ray Price: I think they are all right - good and country.
Tompall & the Glaser Brothers: Good harmony.
Bill Anderson: They got what it takes, money.
Dave Dudley: Some of their material is fine.
Skeeter Davis: They've got a good beat.
The Carter Family: Great act.
The Browns: Good beat, good music.
Del Reeves: Smart dressers.