65 years ago today, a chance encounter occurred.
Any guesses as to what fell into place after that?
You might think the Quarrymen are just a footnote in the story, but they are still a group.
The Quarrymen (also written as “The Quarrymen“) were British skiff/rock and roll group, formed by John Lennon in Liverpool in 1956, which evolved into the Beatles in 1960. Originally composed of Lennon and several classmates, the Quarrymen took their name from a line in their school song, the Quarry Bank Secondary School. Lennon’s mother, Juliataught his son to play the banjoshowed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars the same way as the banjo, and taught them simple chords and songs.
Lennon founded a skiffle group which was briefly called the Blackjacks, but they changed the name before any public performance. Some accounts credit Lennon with choosing the new name; other accounts credit his close friend Pete Shotton suggesting the name. The Quarrymen performed at parties, school dances, movie theaters and amateur skiffle contests before Paul McCartney joined in October 1957. george harrison joined in early 1958 on McCartney’s recommendation, although Lennon initially resisted because he felt Harrison (age 14 when introduced to Lennon) was too young. Both McCartney and Harrison attended the Liverpool Institute.
The group made an amateur recording in 1958, performing holly buddy‘s”It will be the day” and “Despite all the dangers“, a song written by McCartney and Harrison. The band branched out into rock and roll, causing several of the original members to leave. This left Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, who performed under several other names, including Johnny and the Moondogs and Japage 3 before reverting to the Quarrymen name in 1959. In 1960, the band changed their name to “The Beatles” (chosen for its double meaning).The name was devised late one night by Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe, then the fourth member of the group, and introduced to the other two the following day. They were first booked as “The Silver Beetles” by local clubs who saw it as a more marketable name than “The Beatles”. and became the best-selling musical act of all time.
In 1997, the four surviving original members of the Quarrymen reunited to perform at the 40th anniversary celebrations of the Garden Party at which Lennon and McCartney first met. Since 1998 they have performed in many countries around the world and have released four albums. Three original members still perform as Quarrymen.
What is even stranger is that there is a recording of the performance from that day.
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