The Beatles’ diary -- April 1956

April 1956

It was around April sometime that John bought his very first record – Lonnie Donegan’s skiffle-hit ‘Rock Island Line’. He followed this up with Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’ and the Goons’ ‘Ying-Tong Song’. Soon after that he tried dragging Mimi down the shops to buy him a guitar but she baulked at the idea, thinking that it might affect his studies. Not to be deterred, he went and ordered one out of a magazine and sent it round his mum’s in secret! “It was a Gallotone Champion,” he said proudly, “a beat-up old Spanish model which cost about ten quid. It was advertised in Reveille magazine as ‘guaranteed not to split’.”

This wasn’t John’s first bash at making music, however, as Mimi remembered packing him off with his cousins to stay with his sister every year… “He’d got a battered …

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