The Beatles’ diary -- August 1959

August 1959

Sometime in the summer George got himself a job as an electrician’s apprentice at Blacklers. “It became obvious that I wasn’t going to get any qualifications at school,” he said. “The most I could get, pushing it, would have been two O-levels. But in order to take the GCE at 16, we first had to pass three subjects in the mock GCEs. My first result was in art, which I passed. Then the next result came. I failed, and the next. I failed, failed, failed, failed: I failed every one except art – even English Language, which they had decided that everyone could take regardless of what their marks had been, everyone except me! I got two per cent. Really, I didn’t pass any and they said, okay, you can go, everyone’s off doing their exams, so you can go.”

George spent the next eight months …

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Saturday, 29th August

The Quarrymen’s first gig at the Casbah Coffee ClubPlaying at the Casbah Coffee Club – 25 Aug ’59

Performance at the Casbah Coffee Club in West Derby, Liverpool.

The Les Stewart Quartet (with George on guitar) was supposed to be playing at The Casbah Coffee Club’s opening night, but they had a big dust-up and Les Stewart stormed off, leaving band-leader Ken Brown in the lurch.


 
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