John Lennon and Paul McCartney  met for the first time 60 years ago

July 6, 2017

John Lennon and Paul McCartney 

met for the first time on June 6th in 1957

 

In the afternoon the Quarrymen skiffle group

played at the garden fete of St Peter's Church

in Woolton, Liverpool

 

The performance took place

on a stage in a field behind the church

The band members were

JohnLennon (vocals, guitar)

Eric Griffiths (guitar)

Colin Hanton (drums)

Rod Davies (banjo)

Pete Shotton (washboard)

Len Garry (tea chest bass)

 

As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent)

That evening the group were due to play again 

at the Grand Dance in the church hall on the other side of the road

 

They were due on stage at 8pm and admission to the show in which the Quarrymen alternated on stage with the George Edwards Band was two shillings

While setting up their equipment to play

the Quarrymen's sometime tea-chest bass player

Ivan Vaughan introduced the band

to one of his classmates from Liverpool Institute

the 15-year-old Paul McCartney

 

This historic occasion

was the first time McCartney met John Lennon

McCartney wore a white jacket with silver flecks

and a pair of black drainpipe trousers

The pair chatted for a few minutes

and Lennon was impressed

when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars

something they'd been paying someone

else to do for them

 

McCartney then sang Eddie Cochran's Twenty Flight Rock and Gene Vincent's Be-Bop-A-Lula, along with a medley of songs by Little Richard

Lennon and Pete Shotton discussed the young McCartney and whether to invite him to join their group

 

For Lennon it was a dilemma...

should he admit a talented member who may pose a challenge to his own superiority within the group

or should he persist without McCartney

retaining his leadership yet likely consigning the group to failure?

They decided McCartney would be an asset, and roughly two weeks later Shotton encountered McCartney cycling through Woolton

 

Paul mulled over the invitation to join

and eventually agreed to join the Quarrymen

 

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