On This Day In 1957, The Meeting That Changed The Course Of Musical History

July 6, 1957 was a pivotal day for the course of musical history. It was the day John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the very first time.

The story goes.... it was the afternoon of the 6th when the Quarrymen (a local Liverpool skiffle group) played at the garden fete of St Peter's Church in Woolton. The performance took place on a stage in a field behind the church. In the band were Lennon (vocals, guitar), Eric Griffiths (guitar), Colin Hanton (drums), Rod Davies (banjo), Pete Shotton (washboard) and Len Garry (tea chest bass). The group arrived on the back of a truck. As well as music, there were craft and cake stalls, games of hoop-la, police dog demonstrations and the traditional crowning of the Rose Queen. While setting up their equipment, 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. Scroll down to watch Paul tell the tale.

 

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