Before They Were Beatles: The Quarrymen

 

 

I've been looking for a relevant reason to post up some demos and rehearsals from the earliest incarnation of what would become The Beatles: The Quarrymen. John Lennon put together the earliest forms of this band in March 1957 with several friends. Paul McCartney joined in October of that year, followed by George Harrison in early 1958. And ever-shifting lineup ensued throughout those years with The Quarrymen playing gigs all around their native Liverpool, changing their name several times, among them The Blackjacks, Johnny and The Moondogs (in late 1959), and The Silver Beetles (in 1960), finally settling on The Beatles in late 1960. And so it goes.


A friend forwarded me an article this weekend with the subject line, Mad cool Beatles history. Reading below, I would have to agree.
Tunes from The Quarrymen are at the end.

 

THE QUARRYMEN
LISTEN: Earliest known recording: "Puttin' On The Style" (1957) 

(From Wiki) On 6 July 1957 the band played at St. Peter's Church garden fête. In the afternoon they played on a temporary stage in a field behind the church. After the set, Ivan Vaughan, an occasional tea chest bass player with the band, introduced Paul McCartney to John Lennon while the band was setting up in the church hall for the second set. McCartney showed the band how to tune a guitar and sang Eddie Cochran's "Twenty Flight Rock" and Gene Vincent's "Be-Bop-A-Lula" to his own guitar accompaniment. The evening show started at 8 p.m. and cost two shillings admission. Audience member Bob Molyneux recorded part of the evening performance on a Grundig portable reel-to-reel tape recorder.

In 1994, Molyneux, then a retired policeman, rediscovered the recordings that he had made of the concert in 1957. The scratchy recordings included covers of Lonnie Donegan's "Puttin' On The Style" and Elvis Presley's "Baby, Let's Play House". On 15 September 1994 Molyneux put his tape up for auction at Sotheby's. The tape sold to EMI for £78,500, making it the most expensive recording ever sold at auction, but the recording quality was too poor to issue and the tape remains in the EMI archives.

REHEARSALS & DEMOS, circa 1960
01. "That'll Be The Day" (Buddy Holly cover)
02. "
Well Darling"
03. "
Matchbox" (Carl Perkins cover)
04. "
One After 909"
05. "
Cayenne" (instumental)
06. "
Hello Little Girl"
07. "
That's When Your Heartaches Begin"
08. "
Wildcat" (Gene Vincent cover)
09. "
I'll Always Be In Love With You"
10. "
Some Days"
11. "
Hallelujah I Love Her So"
12. "
You'll Be Mine"
13. "
The World Is Waiting For Sunrise"
14. "
I'll Follow The Sun"
15. "
You Must Write Everyday"
16. "
Movin' And Groovin"

QUARRYMEN DEMOS IN A ZIP FILE