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On This Day George Harrison Met the Quarrymen

06 Feb 2021

6th February 1958, is often credited with being the day George Harrison first saw the Quarrymen perform. Fronted by John Lennon, Paul McCartney had also joined the band at this point and seeing the performance left an impression on George.

'I'd been invited to see them play several times by Paul but for some reason never got around to it before. I remember being very impressed with John's big thick sideboards and trendy Teddy Boy clothes. In a way, all that emotional rough stuff was simply a way for him to help separate the men from the boys, I think. I was never intimidated by him. Whenever he had a go at me I just gave him a little bit of his own right back.' - George Harrison

While there is disagreement about 6th February being the day George first saw the Quarrymen, we know that this event, whichever day, would be a pivotal moment in the young Beatles' life.

George went on to join the band himself at the young age of 15, and so the foundations to the Beatles were set. It was Paul's brother and budding photographer, Mike McCartney, who took the first ever colour photo of the trio as they performed at the wedding reception of Paul and Mike's cousin.

In Mike McCartney's Early Liverpool, the early days of the Beatles and their rise to fame is documented through Mike McCartney's exquisite photographs. Featured alongside original commentary, his photographs also capture other talent to come out of Liverpool, including his own group, the Scaffold.

Mike McCartney's Early Liverpool is available to pre-order now.
Mike McCartney's Early Liverpool

Mike McCartney's Early Liverpool

Mike McCartney


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