The Beatles’ diary -- July 1957

July 1957

Sometime during the summer George got together with his brother and a few mates, and formed a band called The Rebels. “I remember we had a tea chest with a lot of gnomes around it,” he said. “It was just my brother, some mates and me. I tried to lay down the law a bit, but they weren’t having any of that. We thought we made a pretty good sound but so did about four million other groups.”

His mother recalled that “he came home one day and said he’d got an audition at the British Legion Club in Speke. And I told him not to be so daft.” But when they got themselves down there none of the other bands had bothered to turn up so they were forced to play all night! “And they were so excited when they came home,” she said, “all shouting together. I couldn’t make out what happened at …

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Tuesday, 2nd July

John tried signing onto the seaman’s register with Nigel Whalley down at the docks, but as soon as Aunt Mimi found out she went totally doolally and sent them home at once. “I was rung up by this place at Pier Head,” she said, “some sort of seaman’s employment office… ‘We’ve got a young boy named John Lennon here,’ they said. ‘He’s asking to sign up.’ ‘Don’t even dream of it,’ I told them.” Then she put on her coat and hat and stormed straight down there to show them who’s boss.

Saturday, 6th July

The Quarrymen at St. Peter’s Church FeteThe Quarrymen at Woolton fete – 6 Jul ’57

Performance at St. Peter’s Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool.

This was the famous day when John met Paul. Pete Shotton’s mum had managed to swing them a gig at the Woolton Parish Church Garden Fete, and Paul was dragged along by his old mate Ivy Vaughan.


 
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