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Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool

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The Quarrymen performed at Mona Best’s Casbah Coffee Club on seven consecutive Saturdays between August and October 1959. This was their third engagement at the venue.

Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool

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Following their success performance on the opening night of the Casbah Club, the Quarrymen were booked for a Saturday night residency by the owner, Mona Best.

Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool

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This was the opening night of a new social club for teenagers, based in the cellar of a large Victorian house at 8 Hayman’s Green, Liverpool.

Live: Woolton Village Club, Liverpool

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The Quarrymen performed at this venue on just one occasion. As with their 1 January performance at Wilson Hall, it was a late Christmas party.

Live: Wilson Hall, Liverpool

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This was the last known performance by the Quarrymen at Wilson Hall. Unlike the previous three, it wasn’t promoted by Charlie ‘Mac’ McBain, and there were no Teddy boys causing trouble.

Live: wedding reception, Speke, Liverpool

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Although The Quarrymen had few formal engagements between March 1958 and the end of the year, they did perform often at parties and family events.

Julia Lennon dies

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From 1946 John Lennon lived with his Aunt Mimi (Mary Smith) and Uncle George in their house, ‘Mendips’, at 251 Menlove Avenue, Liverpool, after his mother Julia had handed over care of her son to them.

John Lennon photographed in Liverpool

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This picture of John Lennon with friend and Quarrymen manager Nigel Whalley was uncovered by the BBC during research for a 2007 episode of Inside Out.

Live: Morgue Skiffle Cellar, Liverpool

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The Morgue Skiffle Cellar was an illegal club held in the basement of a large Victorian house at 25 Oakhill Park in the Broadgreen area of Liverpool.

George Harrison meets the Quarrymen

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George Harrison claimed the first time he saw the Quarrymen was at the Wilson Hall, opposite the bus depot in Garston, Liverpool. According to Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, the date was most likely 6 February 1958.

Live: New Clubmoor Hall, Liverpool

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The Quarrymen’s first live engagement of 1958 was their third at the New Clubmoor Hall, a Conservative Club in Liverpool’s Norris Green district.

Live: Wilson Hall, Liverpool

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This was the Quarrymen’s second of four performances at Wilson Hall in Liverpool’s Garston district, one of the venues run by local promoter Charlie ‘Mac’ McBain.

Live: New Clubmoor Hall, Liverpool

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The Quarrymen returned to the New Clubmoor Hall in Norris Green, Liverpool, less than a month after they first played there.

Live: Wilson Hall, Liverpool

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This was the first time the Quarrymen played at this notoriously rough venue in the Garston district of Liverpool.

Paul McCartney’s debut with the Quarrymen

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Liverpudlian promoter Charlie ‘Mac’ McBain held regular skiffle and rock events at his venues. On Friday 18 October he ran one such event, at the New Clubmoor Hall in Norris Green, Liverpool. It was the first show in which Paul McCartney appeared onstage with the Quarrymen. McCartney played lead guitar. First-night nerves, however, caused him… Read more »

The Quarrymen first play the Cavern Club

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The Cavern Club would become a regular venue for Beatles shows while they remained a Liverpool secret. Once Beatlemania took hold, however, they rarely played in their home city again.

Paul McCartney goes to Scout camp

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Three weeks after first meeting John Lennon, Paul McCartney and his brother Michael went to Scout camp at Hathersage in Derbyshire.