The Beatles’ diary -- September 1957

September 1957

Sometime in September (date unknown) Paul’s family went to Butlins for a break and he entered ‘The People National Talent Contest’. This was his very-first performance on stage and he sang the Everly Brothers’ ‘Bye Bye Love’ and ‘Long Tall Sally’ by Little Richard.

It was also around this time that he first started practising with John: “We used to sag off school and go back to my house when there was no one in during the afternoon. We’d smoke Twinings Tea in a pipe. My dad kept a couple of pipes in the top drawer where the Prudential Insurance card and the birth certificates and family photographs were kept. We’d fill the pipes with tea and light them, which made us cough and did nothing else, and we’d think we were right little rebels doing that.”

“We never played our guitars …

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