In the news: Meet The Quarrymen
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.