On Fifty Years Ago Today

Something monumental happened on July 6th, 1957.

John Lennon met Paul McCartney.

It was at the Woolton Church fete. Wikipedia has the story:

On Saturday 6 July 1957 [The Quarrymen] played at St. Peter’s Church garden fête. In the afternoon they played on a stage in a field behind the church. After the set, Ivan Vaughan, a pal of Lennon who was attending the event with another of his friends Paul McCartney introduced his two friends to each other. Lennon and McCartney chatted for a few minutes while the band was setting up in the church hall for the second set. McCartney demonstrated how he tuned his guitar and sang Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” and Gene Vincent’s “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, and a medley of Little Richard hits to his own guitar accompaniment. The evening show started at 8 p.m. and admission cost two shillings. A young audience member, Bob Molyneux, recorded part of the evening performance on his Grundig portable reel-to-reel tape recorder. After the show, Lennon and Shotton discussed the afternoon encounter they had had with Ivan Vaughan’s young friend and Lennon indicated that he thought they should invite McCartney to join their fledgling group. Two weeks later, Pete Shotton encountered McCartney, who was cycling through Woolton. Shotton conveyed Lennon’s casual invitation to McCartney to join the group.

I think I’m going to listen to The Beatles Anthology 1 today.

And I wonder. Did the Doctor ever attend the Woolton church fete? Surely one of the Doctors would have wanted to be there for such a momentous happening….

Fifty years ago today.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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