Classic Rock Almanac July 6, 2017


Today’s Question: Today is the 60th anniversary of the day John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met.

Where did they meet?

a) At a Gene Vincent concert in Liverpool.
b) On a train from Liverpool to Manchester
c) At a church picnic in Woolton where Lennon’s group The Quarrymen were performing
d) They bumped into each other walking through Strawberry Fields.

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2004-Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters plays his first solo acoustic set at a benefit for presidential candidate John Kerry.

1993-U2‘s Zooropa album is released.

1980-Thirty-six Ted Nugent fans are arrested at a Hollywood, Florida show for bottle-throwing, pot-smoking and other offenses.

1976-Punk pioneers The Damned make their live debut, opening for The Sex Pistols at London’s 100 Club.

1974-Bad Company releases its debut album.

1973-Paul McCartney gets a gold record for “My Love.”

1973-Queen release their first single, “Keep Yourself Alive,” in the U-K.

1969-Plastic Ono Band‘s “Give Peace a Chance” becomes the first solo single by a member of The Beatles.

1965-The Jefferson Airplane forms in San Francisco.

1964-The Beatles‘ first movie, A Hard Day’s Night, opens at the London Pavilion Cinema — on the seventh anniversary of the day John Lennon met Paul McCartney.

1957-John Lennon is introduced to Paul McCartney at a church picnic in the Liverpool suburb of Woolton. After Lennon’s group, The Quarrymen, does a 5:45 pm set, bandmate Ivan Vaughn brings Paul over. The 16-year-old John is very impressed when the 15-year-old Paul tells him his guitar is out of tune. The two jam on either Eddie Cochran‘s “Twenty Flight Rock” and Gene Vincent‘s “Be-Bop-a-Lula” or “Long Tall Sally” and “Tutti Frutti,” depending on whose memory is correct. Two weeks later, McCartney is invited to join the group.

1954-Elvis Presley makes his first recordings for Sun Records.


Jesse Harms – 65 years old
Ex-Sammy Hagar & the Waboritas/ex-REO Speedwagon keyboardist. Born 1952.

Michael Shrieve – 68 years old
Santana (classic lineup)/ex-Hagar-Schon-Aaronson-Shrieve drummer. Born 1949.

c) At a church picnic in Woolton where Lennon’s group The Quarrymen were performing


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