The village fete in Woolton
was the scene of an event that would change music forever.
A 14 year old boy had been invited along to watch a band that a friend of a friend was in. The band in question was The Quarrymen
, and the boy liked the lead singer, although he noticed he was playing his guitar
tunings and was getting some of the words wrong or making up his own (singing 'come go with me/right down to the penitentiary' during Come Go With Me
by the Dell-Vikings
The boy went up to the singer in the bar afterwards and played him Twenty Flight Rock
by Eddie Cochran
. The singer was in turn impressed by the boy's guitar playing, and more importantly, by the fact that he knew all the words.
The boy in question was Paul McCartney
, the singer was John Lennon
, and from that meeting came The Beatles
Recently a short tape of that historic gig has turned up, and thirty seconds of it can be found (*cough*Napster*cough*) - part of a performance of Puttin' On The Style. The performance is bad, and the sound quality is worse, but it's still fascinating to hear history in the making...
Incidentally, the stage on which this historic event took place is soon to be destroyed, unless Beatles fans can match the money parishioners have raised to renovate their church. The fans have so far raised £800 to the parishioners' £1,000,000