The Beatles were the main instigators of what has come to be
known as the 'British Invasion' period of rock-and-roll, the overwhelming
majority of their fans throughout the world do not realize that the
roots of the famed Liverpool quartet lie not in Merseyside, but actually
across the stormy waters of the Irish Sea in Ireland.
The afternoon of 6 July 1957 forever changed the history of rock, as
it was the day that fifteen year-old James Paul McCartney happened to
attend the annual fair at St Peter's Church in Woolton. The young McCartney
saw a skiffle band called the Quarrymen, led by another young Liverpudlian
named John Lennon who, like McCartney, had Irish grandparents.
Despite Lennon being intoxicated and singing the wrong words to Come
Go With Me by the Del Vikings, McCartney was not only impressed by Lennon,
but also wanted the opportunity to show him that he was a better guitar
player. A mutual friend introduced the two boys, and thus the most famous
musical partnership in modern history followed.
The Lennon/McCartney partnership focused world attention
on British rock music, but the two surnames are, of course, Irish in
Executive Honorary Members:- Sir
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Executive Patrons:- Sir George Martin,
Julian Lennon. Patron:- Astrid Kirchherr. Honorary Members:- Cynthia
Lennon, Pete Best, Yoko Ono, Gay Byrne, Geoff Rhind, Gerry Marsden, Allan
Williams, Richard Lester, Harry Prytherch, (The Original Quarrymen):-
Rod Davis, Colin Hanton, Eric Griffiths, Len Garry, Pete Shotton.
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