TBT: The day John Lennon and Paul McCartney met


The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most recognizable bands in the history of music, and their success and popularity has given rise to an endless number of legends about their members, one of the most emblematic of them being how John Lennon and Paul McCartney were, today known as the Big Bang rock ‘n’ roll .

1957 John Lennon, barely 16 years old, was part of a troupe called The Quarrymen, which performed at the beginning of July of that year at St Peter’s Church, in Walton, Liverpool, as part of a school activity.

Lennon’s friend Ivy Vaughan attended the event with a young music fan named Paul McCartney who was only 15 years old. The group, which was led by Lennon, performed rock ‘n’ roll classics and mixed blues.

“In the background there was some kind of little stage where some boys were playing. I especially noticed one of them had a plaid shirt, curly blond hair and sideburns that looked very good. He was playing guitar not very well, the kind that ensure they won’t break,” McCartney said at 2010 during an interview with Dave Letterman: “He was doing really well, I remember liking it.”

When the party was over, Vaughan came over to say hi to John and introduced him to Paul, who picked up an ice-breaking guitar and began playing Twenty flight rock.

Lennon and the rest of the band were impressed by this young man’s talent. Minutes later, Paul sat down at the church piano and played the classic “Whole lot of shakin’ goin” by Jerry Lee Lewis, John sat next to him and they played together for the first time, ushering in one of modern-day music.

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After a few drinks and a long conversation, the members of The Quarrymen, at Lennon’s request, made the decision to invite Paul to join the group, which took place days later.

In 1959, together with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they decided to change the band’s name, stop being “The Quarrymen” and become “The Beatles”, and thus began the history of one of the best rock bands of all time. Times, whose influence was a large part of the 1960s, and set a unique precedent in global popular culture.


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