On this day in history... Music changed forever as McCartney met Lennon



July 6 1957 may have seemed like any other ordinary day, but it was in fact one which would change musical history forever.

That innocuous 24-hour period contained the moment when John Lennon first met Paul McCartney, and you probably know what happened as a result of that chance encounter.

It was the beginning of a friendship, and at times a rivalry, which would affect the lives of millions, as the two went on to become the frontmen of The Beatles, the most famous band ever.

They spawned a following which is still as strong today as it was back in the 1960s - and with it a massive collectibles market.

It was in the little, middle-class village of Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool on Merseyside, that the two first met. A young John Lennon and his band, the Quarrymen, performed at the garden fete of the local church, St Peter's, and then again later that evening. The chances are it probably wasn't the biggest capacity crowd John Lennon would ever play for.

It was Ivan Vaughan, a mutual friend of both Paul and John, who first brought them into contact. Rumour has it that it was McCartney who initially showed Lennon how to tune a guitar, and so made an instant impression. Likewise, Lennon impressed Paul with his natural singing ability. With that, a partnership was born.

Of course, success wasn't exactly instantaneous, and it would be several years before the two, along with George Harrison and Ringo Star, would be rocking colossal stadiums worldwide.

Memorabilia linked to the Liverpudlian band is highly sought after, with many pieces being worth thousands. Items linked to the Fab Four are among some of the most valuable, up there with the likes of Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix.

Pieces like this wonderful signed in-flight magazine, uniquely containing autographs from each member, or this fantastically rare signed cover from their album A Hard Day's Night, are extremely rare and would make brilliant investments.


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