John Lennon meets Paul McCartney
On July 6th 1957, Paul McCartney met John Lennon and his Quarrymen band at St Peter's Church Hall Fete, in Woolton on 6. The band were playing a gig in a field behind the church, when Quarrymen bassist Ivan Vaughan introduced the group to 15 year old McCartney.
This was the very first time John and Paul met. John was slightly older than Paul, had sideboards and was drunk.
"At Woolton village fete I met him. I was a fat schoolboy and, as he leaned an arm on my shoulder, I realised he was drunk. We were twelve then, but, in spite of his sideboards, we went on to become teenage pals." - Paul McCartney
"I remember coming into the fete and seeing all the sideshows. And also hearing all this great music wafting in from this little Tannoy system. It was John and the band.
I remember I was amazed and thought, 'Oh great', because I was obviously into the music. I remember John singing a song called Come Go With Me. He'd heard it on the radio. He didn't really know the verses, but he knew the chorus. The rest he just made up himself.
I just thought, 'Well, he looks good, he's singing well and he seems like a great lead singer to me.' Of course, he had his glasses off, so he really looked suave. I remember John was good. He was really the only outstanding member, all the rest kind of slipped away." - Paul McCartney
The pair chatted about music for a time and Paul showed John how to tune a guitar properly; something that may have offended John Lennon, who was one year Paul's senior.
Lennon was very impressed with the young McCartney, who had already seemed to master difficult songs that the Quarrymen worked really hard to get right. After much consideration and thought, Lennon invited McCartney to join his band as rhythm guitarist.
The Quarrymen's performance that day was recorded by an audience member on a reel to reel tape recorder. This recording was eventually sold at auction to EMI Records. Discussions were made about releasing it on the Anthology series of albums, but the quality was ultimately deemed substandard.