Skip to comments.John Lennon meets Paul McCartney (55 years ago today!)
Posted on 07/06/2012 6:04:35 PM PDT by yorkie
On the afternoon of 6 July 1957 the Quarrymen skiffle group played at the garden fete of St Peter's Church, Woolton, Liverpool.
The performance took place on a stage in a field behind the church. In the band were John 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 lorry. 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. The fete was a highlight of the year for the residents of the sleepy Liverpool district.
The entertainment began at two p.m. with the opening procession[snip]
That evening the group were due to play again, minus Colin Hanton, this time 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, a year his senior. McCartney wore a white jacket with silver flecks, and a pair of black drainpipe trousers.
The pair chatted for a few minutes, and McCartney showed Lennon how to tune a guitar - the instruments owned by Lennon and Griffiths were in G banjo tuning. 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.
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Taken by John Lennons girlfriend May Pang at the Louis B. Meyer/Peter Lawford Santa Monica house Lennon was renting around March 1974.
It was during the Harry Nilsson sessions. He had popped in (the studio) the night before. . . . The next day, Paul came over with Linda and kids in tow. Everybodys just hanging out at the Santa Monica beach house. Everyones just talking, just relaxing.
All of a sudden I looked up and said, Paul? John turned around and said, Oh, hello, Paul. It was like theyd seen each other just the night before. John hadnt seen him in a couple of years at that point. Then Pauls heading to the drums; he just went to Ringos drum kit and started to jam. Stevie Wonder happened to drop by. Stevies on the electric piano, Lindas on the Hammond B3. . . . Everybody was just hanging out and jamming.
Harry Nilsson, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Linda McCartney
John Lennon, Keith Moon, Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney
No, I can’t believe it! My heavens...so glad this pair got together. They wrote some of the most beautiful music together (even though they really rarely wrote together. As Paul explained it, one of them would listen to the other’s song and add “a bit.” Some of those “bits” made for wonderful melodic and lyrical surprises).
Be that as it may, I will never listen to a Beatles song again. Not too long ago, PM made a snarky comment about President George Bush, something really nasty.
I have absolutely no compassion for the man. Just one more person removed from my listening or viewing pleasure.
Paul: “Your second wife sings like a cat in a blender.”
John: Your second wife doesn’t have a leg to stand on.”
And the legend began. I’ll always equate good times with the Beatles!
That was a few years ago! ;)
Were the Beatles that band that Paul McCartney was in before Wings?
John Lennon - Vocals, Guitar
Paul McCartney - Backing Vocals, Drums
Stevie Wonder - Backing Vocals, Electric Piano
Linda McCartney - Organ
Harry Nilsson - Backing Vocals
Jesse Ed Davis - Guitar
Ed Freeman - Bass
Bobby Keys - Saxophone
Oops, that was the full version, not just part 1.
Best meeting in rock history: “John, meet Paul.”
Worst meeting in rock history: “John, meet Yoko.”
I saw this special about the Beatles, I kinda took it with a grain of salt... John’s girlfriend at the time, May Pang, said there was talk of the Beatles getting back together.. Then John went back to Yoko Ono.. Again I take it with a grain of salt.
I tell ya, if Lennon hadn’t met McCartney, Elvis would still be making those wonderful movies of his, Hal Wallis producing.
That’s my VW Bug in the pic, parked illegally, by the way.
i wonder if any truth to rumors that lennon was closet pub who loved ronald reagan...
Sure do miss ol' Pete.
I saw a bumper sticker on a car yesterday — sticker read “I still blame Yoko”!
Out on the road today I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.
Don’t look back.
You can never look back.
Jesus, Reagan and John Lennon — What Secrets Has Yoko Ono Been Keeping From Us?
Reagan Republican ?
John Lennon was a closet Republican: Liked Ronald Reagan
Two years ago we toured Liverpool and all the Beatles haunts. We went to The Casbah and met Pete Best brother, went to the Cavern Club and all the important sites. The most interesting was going inside Pauls family home and Johns aunts house where he lived for several years. I had always heard John referred to as the Posh Beatle. The reason was that his house was the only one that had indoor plumbing. The other three had outhouses. After they returned from doing the Ed Sullivan show the first time, Paul went back to his dads house with no indoor plumbing.
Nothing beats Billy Preston on “Get Back”.
Boy - I hope you didn’t lay down good money for that CD! Although the group and the title of the CD is cool. More suitable for framing than listening IMHO.
No doubt. Preston was probably more technically skilled on the keys than any of the real Beatles were on their instruments. He didn’t have their songwriting talents, but together, they made a dynamite combination.
No way, I just heard it on the interwebs. It’s an interesting piece of history, but most of it is pretty bad listening. I did like the Sam Cooke medley at the end though, as sloppy as it was.
I read a funny story about that guy. Apparently, he decided to quit the skiffle band at one point, because he wasn’t into it anymore. Lennon took the washboard and smashed it over his head. He ended up joining back up with them for the next show, but they had to fix the busted washboard so he could play.
Some favorite Beatles’ music:
The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby:
The Beatles - Norwegian Wood:
The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun:
THE BEATLES - Across the Universe:
The Beatles - In My Life:
The Beatles - Something
The Beatles - While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Beatles - The Long And Winding Road
The Long And Winding Road is a great one.
Thank you, for putting that all together for us! Memories!
i like that term
I AM THE EGG MAN!!!
That’s my car! ;-)
I saw Ringo and the All-Starrs last night; it was a good time!
If every bit of music involving an autotune disappeared at midnight tonight, the world would be a much better place tomorrow.
One thing that blew my mind is that the Garden Fete was a celebration of the 750th anniversary of Liverpool being granted its charter.
One of the things I am grateful for in the timing of my birth (1952) is that I was the perfect age to be a Beatles fan.
There is simply no way of explaining to someone what is was like to go down to the local Kresge’s to pick up a brand new Beatles album and being completely blown away at how it was like nothing that had ever come before it.
Nowadays you are just presented with their catalog fully formed with no context or sense of place.
The TV show Mad Men brought that home recently with an episode where the ad guys are looking to get to the “yutes” by adding a Beatles or Beatles-like song to a commercial. Don Draper says...”They all sound alike....”
He goes home to his new, young bride who says, “Listen to this” and puts on Revolver, second side, last cut and “Tomorrow Never Knows” starts playing through the headphones.
Imagine...from “I Want To Hold Your Hand” to “Tomorrow Never Knows” in three years!
You’re welcome—glad you enjoyed it!