John's band, The Quarrymen (Eric Griffiths, Pete Shotton, Colin Hanton, Rod Davis, Len Garry), played the church fete at St. Peter's Church Hall, Woolton, Liverpool. Bob Molyneux, a local amateur recording enthusiast, preserved portions of the show with his Grundig TK8 reel-to-reel machine. Afterwards, he copied portions onto a 3-inch reel, then erased the original tape.
Discovered after decades of storage, EMI acquired the tape and original Grundig recorder at a 1994 auction, for £78,500. At first, only a 27-second excerpt of the song "Puttin' on the Style" (composed by Norman Cazden, made famous by Lonnie Donegan) was permitted to be heard, on a sample tape given to the media, which found its way onto the bootleg CD Puttin' on the Style. In 2007, a further 29 seconds of this song were broadcast on the BBC documentary The Day John Met Paul, while another 44 seconds mysteriously appeared online. A short clip (28 seconds) of "Baby Let's Play House" (composed by Arthur Gunter, made famous by Elvis Presley) also played on The Day John Met Paul.
(ref: Winn, Way Beyond Compare; website beatlesong.info).
AUDIO: The best quality available for "Baby, Let's Play House," and a composite of all three snips of "Puttin' on the Style," are on Purple Chick's bootleg, Strong Before Our Birth, Disc One. Detailed information on the boot: here.
VIDEO: A nice fan video of the "Puttin' on the Style" composite is on YouTube: here.
MORE AUDIO: You can listen to the BBC documentary, The Day John Met Paul: here.
DRAMATIZATION: The 2009 film Nowhere Boy is essential viewing.
PHOTOS & INFORMATION: An excellent display: here, and its companion page: here.
BOOKS: You need to read Jim O'Donnell's The Day John Met Paul: An Hour-by-Hour Account of How the Beatles Began. Order: here.
FANBOY: View a painting of the historic moment that Paul was introduced to John: here.
TOURISM: Visit St. Peter's Church, Woolton: here. Read their Beatles page: here.
RELATIVES: Keep up with The Quarrymen, still going strong: here.
Although I use quotes from sources, or cited fact, much of the material on this and other pages of my blog is original, from my own pen. This is not cut-and-paste, it is a work of art. Copyright © 2010 Tom Wise.