The Beatles would be nothing without the irreplaceable bond and songwriting partnership of Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Without Lennon-McCartney, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” or “Hey Jude” wouldn’t have happened. It is therefore fitting that the day they met became a sort of Beatles holiday and one of the most important moments of modern music. But how did fate allow the two to cross paths, and what were John and Paul’s initial impressions of each other?
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John and Paul met through a mutual friend named Evan Vaughan on a hot summer day in 1957, in the village of Woolton Parish Church in St Peters, Liverpool. Vaughn asked Paul if he wanted to come see John’s skiffle group, The Quarrymen. Paul, who was also a musician by that time, said yes. John was 16 years old and Paul was 15 years old.
during an interview for Beatles Anthology, Paul remembered that as soon as he entered the church grounds, he immediately looked upon John. He looked “cool,” wearing his checkered shirt and playing the guitar “guaranteed not to crack.”
Eric Griffiths played guitar, Colin Hunton played drums, Rod Davis played the banjo, Pete Shotten on the washboard and Len Garry the T-chest bass. The Quarrymen were playing The Dale-Vikings’ “Come Go With Me” and Paul was stunned.
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Paul’s initial reaction to seeing John on stage was astonishment. Even though John was playing a cheap guitar, Paul was impressed by his performance.
“I remember John singing ‘Come Go With Me.’ He heard it on the radio,” Paul said (per) udiscover music) “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 makes me a great lead singer. Looks like.’ Of course, he took off his glasses, so he looked really handsome. I remember John was nice.”
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After the set for the Skiffle group ended, Paul began talking to John. Paul taught John a tuning technique and played Little Richard’s songs, a medley of Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” and Gene Vincent’s “B-Bop-A-Lula”. Davis says that the moment Paul met John, he did not have “angels hidden behind the clouds playing trumpet”, he added. Board. The moment was not special, at least not now.
In 1967, John stated that he was impressed by Paul’s performance of “Twenty Flight Rock”. “He could clearly play the guitar, I half thought, ‘He’s as good as me’ … He also looked like Elvis (Presley). I dug him,” John said (per) my radio link) Soon after meeting, John asked Paul to play in The Quarrymen. On witnessing their first encounter, Paul says that he is lucky that fate intervened. Very lucky indeed.