The Beatles’ diary -- January 1960

January 1960

Things had been moving on since Lonnie Donegan in the 50s, and the skiffle craze was starting to fade. All the beat groups were getting electrified now, which left The Quarrymen with a problem. Ever since Ken Brown left the group with their amp they had to rely on natural acoustics to put their stuff across. John solved this problem by enlisting the help of two of his college buddies, Bill Harry and Stuart Sutcliffe, who handily sat on the Student Union’s college committee. They managed to persuade the committee to stump up the money for a new ‘public address system’ for the use of all the students. But within a few weeks they’d nabbed it for the group.

John then badgered Stu to join the group. Stu was no musician, but he’d recently sold a painting for sixty-five quid – …

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