So it was 6th July 1957 when it all began as John Lennon from Menlove Avenue played with his band, The Quarrymen at St Peter’s Church, Woolton . His friend and the band’s occasional tea chest bass player Ivan Vaughan bought along Paul McCartney of Forthlin Road to see them in action and introduce him to Lennon.
We can probably all quote the story by heart (“Twenty Flight Rock” blah di blah) and there are books, radio shows and TV programmes devoted to those 24 hours. Reading Mark Lewisohn’s recent Part One doorstop he suggests that they actually first met outside a paper shop but let’s not spoil the magic. It’s incredible how much of 20th century culture flows from this meeting and all through Mark’s book all 4 Fabs are in similar orbits but not intersecting & you actually fear that somehow they won’t even though you know they do. Life really is a patchwork of chance encounters.