60 years ago today, July 6, 1957 was the day 15 year old McCartney and 16 year old Lennon had their first encounter at St. Peter’s Church in Liverpool.
It was a humble little meeting that turned out to be one of the most iconic in rock history. Paul came riding on his bike to the church to see The Quarrymen because a school friend of the band, Ivan Vaughan, had invited Paul to hang if he wished. And now that he was there, Vaughan went a step further, introducing McCartney to the leader of the band.
So, they chatted. McCartney noticed that Lennon’s guitar was in banjo tuning and he offered to tune it correctly for him, while breaking out into renditions of Gene Vincent’s “Be-Bop-a-Lula.”
Lennon impressed with Paul’s chops, asked his best mate Pete Shelton to talk to McCartney and see if he’d like to join the band!
Imagine what the world would be like if they hadn’t met that day!