In the news: Meet The Quar­ry­men

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Way We Were -

Up in Liver­pool, some vi­tal pieces were fall­ing into place that would help de­fine the fol­low­ing decade. On 16 Jan­uary 1957, a new jazz venue opened in the city. It used the claus­tro­pho­bic cel­lars of an old ware­house and thus chris­tened it­self The Cav­ern Club. Grad­u­ally, the en­ter­tain­ment on of­fer changed to sk­iffle and blues, then to full-blown rock ’n’ roll.

And what of the most fa­mous Cav­erndwellers of all… well, af­ter ‘Our Cilla’?

In July, the 17-year-old John Len­non was play­ing with his sk­iffle group, The Quar­ry­men, at a fête at St Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liver­pool. Just be­fore the evening dance, he was in­tro­duced to 15-year-old Paul McCart­ney by a mu­tual friend. Paul im­pressed John with his mu­si­cal­ity and, even more cru­cially, his abil­ity to tune a gui­tar. Two weeks later, Paul was in­vited to join the band.

The fol­low­ing month, The Quar­ry­men played The Cav­ern for the very first time. Then on 9 Fe­bru­ary 1961, they made their ap­pear­ance there as the Bea­tles for the first of 392 gigs at the joint.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.