70 Years Old – Oh My Goodness !


Today, Paul McCartney turns 70. To celebrate the legendary rocker, TIME looks back at that fateful day when McCartney, then a cherub-faced 15-year-old, asked John Lennon if he could borrow a guitar…

An incised sandstone plaque on the wall of St. Peter’s Church Hall in Woolton, a sleepy suburb on the outskirts of Liverpool, commemorates the event as if it had religious significance—as indeed it very nearly does:

In This Hall On

6th July 1957

John & Paul

First Met

No need to ask about last names.

The afternoon was oppressively hot and humid. The occasion was a church fete, a few -summer hours of festivities in the yard next to St. Peter’s cemetery: lemonade and ice cream and cakes and musical acts and performing horses and police dogs. Lots of kids. One of the acts was a group of local boys called the Quarrymen, named after the public high school…

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