Wednesday, July 06, 2016

1957: John and Paul met in Liverpool

On this day in 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met in Liverpool.   John was 16 and Paul had just turned 15.   They were both active in the music scene.

The meeting went down like this:    
"A mutual friend made the introduction in the nearby church auditorium, where John and his bandmates slouched on folding chairs and barely acknowledged the younger boy. Then Paul pulled out the guitar he was carrying on his back and began playing Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock,” then Gene Vincent’s “Be Bop A Lula,” then a medley of Little Richard numbers. 
As Jim O’Donnell writes in The Day John Met Paul, his book-length account of this historic moment in music history, “A young man not easily astonished, Lennon is astonished.” 
Paul’s musicianship far outstripped the older Lennon’s, but more than that, John recognized in Paul the same passion Paul had detected in John during his earlier onstage performance. Soon Paul was teaching a rapt John how to tune his guitar and writing out the chords and lyrics to some of the songs he’d just played.
Later that evening, walking home with one of his bandmates, John announced his intentions toward their new acquaintance. 
Two weeks later, John Lennon invited Paul McCartney to join the Quarry Men."
They had their first UK hit in October 1962 and the rest is history.



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