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QUARRYMEN PHOTO EMERGES ON ANNIVERSARY OF BEATLES BREAK-UP

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A rare photograph of the trio who evolved into the Beatles has emerged on the 50th anniversary of Paul McCartney announcing he was leaving the group.

The previously unpublished photo of The Quarrymen shows McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison thrashing their guitars in a Liverpool house a year before they morphed into The Beatles.

The image was uncovered in a purchase by music memorabilia specialists Tracks Ltd but it is unclear who captured the moment on camera and when exactly – although it is thought to be dated towards the latter part of 1959.

Lennon formed the skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll group in 1956 which played at parties and school dances before McCartney and Harrison later joined up.

Tracks director Paul Wane said: “Having seen thousands upon thousands of Beatles photos in my career, I was amazed to stumble quite randomly upon this shot of the Quarrymen amongst a collection of photos that I bought recently.”

Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn said: “It’s late 1959, somewhere in Liverpool, and history shines in every dimly-lit detail. Schoolboys Paul McCartney and George Harrison, 17 and 16, are rock and rolling together with art-school student John Lennon, 19.

“John, Paul and George were a trio for much of 1958–59. ‘The rhythm’s in the guitars’, they’d audaciously tell promoters who wondered where their drummer was.

“Within a year of this moment the Quarrymen had become The Beatles, professional musicians playing long hours in Hamburg. Four years from here they’d have attained the inconceivable level of fame and popularity that joyously maintains to this day – out from this Liverpool room and across the universe.

“There are few Quarrymen photos and a discovery such as this is extremely rare. Precise information of where and when it was taken would be welcomed by collectors and historians alike.”

The date of April 10 1970 was a sad day in the lives of many music fans as the headline “Paul Is Quitting The Beatles” appeared in the Daily Mirror.

McCartney had sent out a press statement to promote his new solo album in which when asked if the break was temporary or permanent, he replied:  “I don’t really know.”

He added he could not foresee a time when the legendary Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership would become active again.

In 1974 the career of the most successful group in the history of popular music was legally and formally terminated.

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ON THIS DAY: PETE SHOTTON PASSED AWAY

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Peter Shotton (4 August 1941 – 24 March 2017) was an English businessman and former washboard player. He is known for his long friendship with John Lennon of The Beatles. He was a member of The Quarrymen, the precursor of the Beatles, and remained close to the group during their career.

He built an independent career as a restaurant manager, eventually founding the Fatty Arbuckle’s chain of restaurants.

Shotton, born in Liverpool to George and Bessie (née Wilson) Shotton, was a close childhood friend of John Lennon, and attended Dovedale Infants School and Quarry Bank Grammar School at the same time as the future Beatle. The two boys were frequently in trouble with their teachers and with their headmasters, often being caned by the headmaster as punishment for their various misdeeds, and they came to be known at Quarry Bank as “Shennon and Lotton” or “Lotton and Shennon.”

In 1957, Shotton was Lennon’s bandmate in The Quarrymen, playing percussion (specifically, a washboard), until Paul McCartney joined. Shotton was “fired” from the band when, after confiding that he really did not enjoy playing, Lennon smashed the washboard over his head at a party. However, he remained a friend and confidant – as he became friends with all of the Beatles as the group formed.
During the Beatles’ career

Shotton regularly visited Lennon’s house (Kenwood) on weekends to keep Lennon company, leaving his wife and young son at home, or to escort Cynthia Lennon for a night out when her husband was busy with band matters or songwriting.

Shotton had a minor, but uncredited, role in the Beatles’ songs: he was occasionally invited to observe them recording at Abbey Road Studios, and played percussion (maracas, tambourine) on a few records. Shotton also helped Lennon with the lyrics to “I Am the Walrus” (remembering a nonsense rhyme they had loved as boys) and McCartney with the storyline of “Eleanor Rigby” (he suggested that the two lonely people in the song meet, but too late). Shotton also recalls Lennon squinting at the words of a Victorian-era poster for Pablo Fanque’s Circus Royal that hung in Lennon’s music room at Kenwood while he worked out the tune for “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”. According to writer Stan Williams, Shotton’s wife Beth is the “pretty nurse” selling poppies mentioned in the lyrics of “Penny Lane”.

After the Beatles became famous, Lennon and George Harrison bought a supermarket on Hayling Island, and gave it to Shotton to run. Later, Shotton served as manager of the Apple Boutique, then as the first managing director of Apple Corps.

After Lennon began a relationship with Yoko Ono and Apple started to flounder, Shotton parted company with Lennon and the Beatles. He resumed his ownership of the Hayling Island supermarket, which he continued to run until the late 1970s. He then began the Fatty Arbuckle’s chain of restaurants, a franchise designed to bring the feel of the American diner to Britain. The franchise was highly successful in the 1980s and was later sold for an undisclosed sum. He later moved to Dublin, Ireland, living as a tax exile.

Upon hearing the news that Lennon had been murdered on 8 December 1980, Shotton visited Harrison at Friar Park, Harrison’s home.

Shotton is the co-author of John Lennon: In My Life (1983, republished later as The Beatles, Lennon and Me), which told the story of their friendship, from the age of six until Lennon’s death.

Shotton died of a heart attack on 24 March 2017 at his home in Knutsford, Cheshire.


NEW WOOLTON CAFE BAR WHERE JOHN LENNON USED TO REHEARSE IN THE CELLAR

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Open from today, Nowhere will welcome guests across the weekend, before permanently opening on Tuesday offering breakfast, brunch, evening small plates and cocktails

Nowhere, Woolton Village’s quirky new cafe-bar, where John Lennon and his Quarrymen used to rehearse in the cellar, will open its doors for the first time for the Bank Holiday weekend. Open from today, Nowhere will welcome guests across the weekend, before permanently opening on Tuesday. The new venue will offer a breakfast and brunch menu and evening small plates, along with a creative cocktail list, artisan coffees and a wide selection of loose leaf teas.

The cafe bar will also be available for private parties and will showcase the best of Liverpool’s up-and-coming singing talent. When there isn’t a live performance, “relaxed, soulful beats” will set the tone for Nowhere. Owner Neil Davies created the venue’s concept with trips to New York giving him inspiration, after finding cool coffee shops and quirky bars. He said: “I thought of having Nowhere as the name of the venue because I wanted something different, that was a little bit of a play on words.

“But once I’d chosen the location and got into the site to refit it, a man came in to see what we were turning the place into.He said that the Quarrymen used to sing and rehearse in the cellar when it was a milkshake shop. It was a total coincidence that John Lennon is known as Nowhere Boy and I’d already named it Nowhere. It was meant to be.”

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FIRST RECORDING SESSION FEATURING JOHN, PAUL AND GEORGE TOOK PLACE ON THIS DAY

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The first recording session featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison took place on 12 July 1958.

The Quarrymen recorded two songs in a Liverpool studio – In Spite Of All The Danger and a version of Buddy Holly’s That’ll Be The Day. The songs were pressed directly onto a 10″ aluminium and acetate disc to be played at 78rpm, which is now owned by Paul McCartney. The Quarry Men consisted of John, Paul and George, plus Colin Hanton on drums (not that there’s much audio evidence of him) and on piano, John “Duff” Lowe. For a fee of 17 shillings, three pence, the youths were able to take home a 10” 78 rpm acetate of their work (the master tape was then re-used), which they then lent to each other for a week apiece.

Duff ended up keeping it for 23 years before selling it to Paul for an undisclosed amount in 1981.

Paul said: “When we got the record, the agreement was that we would have it for a week each. John had it a week and passed it on to me. I had it for a week and passed it on to George, who had it for a week. Then Colin had it for a week and passed it to Duff Lowe – who kept it for 23 years.”

 

RECORDING STUDIO WHERE FIRST DISC WAS MADE REMEMBERED 60 YEARS ON

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The Liverpool studio will be mocked-up for the exhibition in August, housing historic memorabilia and previously unseen and unheard artefacts from the time
The first ever recording – now thought to be the most valuable record in the world – will be remembered in a studio exhibition in Liverpool in August.

The debut recording from The Quarrymen, recorded at Percy Philips’ Sound Recording Services studio in Liverpool on July 12, 1968, took place 60 years ago this month.
The Quarrymen recording featured Buddy Holly cover That’ll Be The Day and a McCartney/Harrison track In Spite Of All The Danger.

The studio was founded by First World War veteran Percy Phillips in 1955 in his small terraced house in the Kensington area of Liverpool. It will be mocked-up for the exhibition during International Beatle Week in August, housing historic memorabilia and previously unseen and unheard artefacts from the time.

Phillips’s grandson Peter said he has wanted to showcase the studio for more than 30 years in order to get his grandfather’s name added to the history of the Beatles.
Peter told the Press Association: “It’s been a long-held ambition of mine to release this material. Grandpa died in 1984 and we were left with his studio equipment and all of this archive of acetate discs, which we looked after.”
The Percy Phillips Studio Collection exhibition, part of International Beatle Week in Liverpool, will take place August 26.

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THE QUARRYMEN PLAY ROMSTOCK 2018

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John Lennon’s first band The Quarrymen showed they still know how to put on a show at Romstock 2018. The four-piece– were the highlight of the music festival staged on playing fields off St Kenelms Road in Romsley, near Halesowen.

Originally formed back in 1956 with John Lennon, The Quarrymen features Rod Davis,Colin Hanton, Len Garry and Charles Newby. And the skiffle band Music lovers flocked to the ‘In Spite of all the Danger’ and ‘That’ll be the Day’
John Lennon’s former band The Quarrymen stole the show at Romstock 2018 at the weekend.

In its seventh year since it began in 2012, Romstock 2018 pulled in over 2000 people to raise money for youth projects in the parish.
Band Co-ordinator Mark Moran was delighted with how everything played out.

“It was a staggering success,” he said. “The cost to put together these events is so huge and we had to raise the prices to £15 this year and I was a bit worried about that, but in the end it was so worth it.”We sold 1000 tickets before the event and reached in excess of 2000 for people on the door, it’s phenomenal. Everyone had a fantastic time and it was a joyous event. Aside from the birth of my kids it was probably the best day of my life.”It was a lovely, family-friendly day. So many bands want to come and play for us now, it really was like a field of dreams out there. A great community spirit.” “They’re legends,” Mr Moran added.
“They were so nervous to start with but they came on and stormed it, it was wonderful. They’re fit as a fiddle for their age and they were such lovely guys.
“What shocked me was that there were a lot of young people that came to see them. Music itself was changed because of these guys and they were the catalyst for the Beatles beginning. It was special, words can’t describe how good it was. It was like a magical history tour of music taking part in our little village, I’m still on cloud nine.”

John founded the Quarrymen in 1956 at Liverpool’s Quarry Bank school before Paul McCartney and George Harrison joined the existing line-up.

The event, that takes place at Romsley Playing Fields on St Kenelms Road near Halesowen, broke its own records for attendance and money raised to help it’s youth.
“The organisation from the parish is fantastic, everything worked so well. The security guards were bored in the end as everything went so smoothly. It couldn’t have gone any better,” Mr Moran said.
“We’re trying to add to it each year with little bits hear and there. I have a plan and it’s a bit ambitious, but I think people would book their tickets for next year now if they could. We’re aiming to top this year and we’ll do it.
“I also want to thank David Powell, the Chairman, he’s taken this from a small plastic tent with 200 people and upped it a gear but still as a small village affair as we want it to be.

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