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Sat Jul 6, 2019, 08:56 AM

62 Years Ago Today; John meets Paul at the Woolton Fete - birth of the Beatles

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quarrymen#Paul_McCartney_joins_the_group


The famous photo of the Quarrymen playing at St. Peter's Church garden fête, where Lennon and McCartney first met. From left to right: Griffiths, Hanton, Davis, Lennon, Shotton, Garry

On 6 July 1957, The Quarrymen played at the St. Peter's Church Rose Queen garden fête in Woolton. They first played on the back of a moving flatbed lorry, in a procession of floats that carried the Rose Queen and retiring Rose Queen, Morris dancers, Boy Scouts, Brownies, Girl Guides and Cubs, led by the Band of the Cheshire Yeomanry. At 4:15, they played on a permanent stage in the field behind the church, before a display by the City of Liverpool Police Dogs. They were playing "Come Go with Me" when Paul McCartney arrived, and in the Scout hut after the set, Ivan Vaughan introduced McCartney to Lennon, who chatted for a few minutes before the band set up in the church hall for their performance at that evening's "Grand Dance". McCartney demonstrated how he tuned his guitar and then sang Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock", Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula", and a medley of Little Richard songs.

Vaughan and McCartney left before the evening show which started at 8 o'clock. During the performance, there was an unexpected thunderstorm, which made the lights go out. Bob Molyneux, a young schoolmate from Quarry Bank, recorded part of the performance on his Grundig TK8 portable reel-to-reel tape recorder. The tape included versions of Lonnie Donegan's "Puttin' on the Style" and Elvis' "Baby Let's Play House". In 1963, Molyneux offered the tape to Lennon via Ringo Starr, but Lennon never responded, so Molyneux put the tape in a vault.

As they were walking home after the evening performance, Lennon and Shotton discussed the afternoon encounter with McCartney, and Lennon said that perhaps they should invite McCartney to join the band. Two weeks later, Shotton encountered McCartney cycling through Woolton, and conveyed Lennon's casual invitation for him to join the Quarrymen, and Vaughan also invited McCartney to join. McCartney said he would join after Scout camp in Hathersage, and a holiday with his family at Butlins holiday camp in Filey, Yorkshire. Shotton and Davis both left the Quarrymen in August, feeling that the group was moving away from skiffle and towards rock, leaving their instruments superfluous. When McCartney returned from holiday, he began rehearsing with the Quarrymen, playing songs such as "Bye Bye Love" (The Everly Brothers) and "All Shook Up", which Lennon and the group had been trying to learn, without success.

McCartney made his debut with the band on 18 October 1957 at a Conservative Club social held at the New Clubmoor Hall in the Norris Green section of Liverpool. Lennon and McCartney wore cream-coloured sports jackets, which were paid for by the whole group—Walley collected half a crown per week from each member until they were paid for — and the others wore white shirts with tassels and black bootlace ties. To the irritation of the other group members, McCartney endlessly practised the lead guitar intro to "Raunchy". The Quarrymen continued to play sparse gigs throughout the autumn of 1957, mostly for local promoter Charlie McBain. During this period, the group almost entirely excised skiffle from their repertoire, focusing on covers of songs by rock and roll singers such as Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, and Larry Williams, and the Quarrymen's sound increasingly relied on harmony singing between Lennon and McCartney. An extremely important influence for them at the time was Buddy Holly and his group the Crickets. Around this time, Lennon and McCartney both started writing songs influenced by Holly - Lennon's "Hello Little Girl" and McCartney's "I Lost My Little Girl" - and both were impressed with each other's efforts. The two began writing together, and their writing partnership would become very successful throughout the 1960s.



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Reply 62 Years Ago Today; John meets Paul at the Woolton Fete - birth of the Beatles (Original post)
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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 09:05 AM

1. They were children.

Of course we all were then. I was 15 that year.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 11:44 AM

2. I didn't know that history.

Thanks for posting, Dennis.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:15 PM

3. K&R and thanks! nt

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 12:48 PM

4. Awesome find! A day that changed history!

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Response to ElementaryPenguin (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 03:52 PM

5. I wish I could travel back in time to that day...

...and get them under contract before anyone else!

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 04:37 PM

6. "their writing partnership would become very successful throughout the 1960s." understatement

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Response to TeamPooka (Reply #6)

Sat Jul 6, 2019, 04:44 PM

7. No shit!

They changed the world thru music. And in less than 10 yrs since the formal formation of the Beatles.

I am who I am because of their music and activism.

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