day john and paul met

ifuckinglovethebeatles  asked:

Yeah I was wondering if it's fiction based on facts or it's true?

I loved it. Jim O’Donnell is primarily a Beatles fan, then a really good writer. He spent many years doing researches before writing this book, and in the end you have this beautiful tale of the day John and Paul met. It’s based on true facts, but of course he couldn’t know how  the weather was that day, he added those details to immerse the reader in the world of John and Paul, and I personally loved it. He gives a very personal view of that day to let the reader understand a little more of their genius. I don’t know you but reading it made me feel like I was actually there, in Liverpool, watching them playing and writing songs together, it’s the best reconstrustion of July 6, 1957 I’ve ever read.


July 6th 1957- The day John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time

“I just thought, ‘Well, he looks good, he’s singing well and he seems like a great lead singer to me.’ Of course, he had his glasses off, so he really looked suave. I remember John was good. He was really the only outstanding member, all the rest kind of slipped away.”- Paul when he met John for the first time

“I half thought to myself, He’s as good as me, I’d been kingpin up to then. Now, I thought, if I take him on, what will happen?”- John

“I still remember his beery old breath when I first met him here that day. But I soon came to love that beery old breath. And I loved John.”- Paul

“We were recording the other night, and I just wasn’t there. Neither was Paul. We were like two robots going through the motions. We do need each other alot. When we used to get together after a month off, we used to be embarrassed about touching each other. We’d do an elaborate handshake just to hide the embarrassment… or we did mad dances. Then we got to hugging each other.”- John

“John had his thing, and Paul had his, and together there were two different things all together. But they fit.”- Billy Preston

“Paul hits this chord, and I turn to him and say, That’s it! Do that again! In those days, we really used to write like that- both playing into each other’s noses.”- John

“One of my great memories of John is from when we were having some argument. I was disagreeing and we were calling each other names. We let it settle for a second and then he lowered his glasses and he said: "It’s only me.” And then he put his glasses back on again. To me, that was John. Those were the moments when I actually saw him without the facade, the armor, which I loved as well, like anyone else. It was a beautiful suit of armor. But it was wonderful when he let the visor down and you’d just see the John Lennon that he was frightened to reveal to the world.“- Paul

“Before John Lennon died I got back a good relationship with him. That was very special. The arguments we had didn’t matter. We were able to just take the piss about all those songs; they weren’t that harsh.”- Paul

“He was always saying, ‘I wonder what Paul is doing.’ When John and I were together, and this is about a week or two before our relationship ended, I remember him saying, ‘Do you think I should write with Paul again?’ I said, ‘Absolutely. You should because you want to. The two of you as solo performers are good, but together you can’t be beaten.”- May Pang

“Well, he’s like a brother. I love him. Families – we certainly have our ups and downs and our quarrels. But at the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, I would do anything for him, I think he would do anything for me.”- John, hours before his death

“I look in the mirror and think, ‘Nice one! You wrote songs with John Lennon on his porch, then you went to his bedroom and listened to Fats Domino and Elvis! How brilliant is that?’”- Paul


When Ivan Vaughan took Paul to meet the Quarrymen, John acted a bit wary and standoffish at first while Paul seemed very confident as he played Twenty Flight Rock by Eddie Cochran to them. He knew the lyric and the chords perfectly. John was pretty impressed with him. Not satisfied yet, Paul did his own version of Be-Bop-A-Lula, which John and the boys had played earlier. “It was uncanny. He could play and sing in a way that none of us could, including John. He had such confidence, he gave a performance. It was so natural. We couldn’t get enough of it”, Eric Griffths recalls.

For a millisecond, they eye each other in motionless tableau - Lennon sitting, McCartney standing. Then their eyes meet squarely and, momentarily, you can practically hear the dust motes settle on Lennon’s guitar next to him on a chair. The sight each beholds is hardly astonishing: brown eyes, brown hair, average height, average weight… No, the astonishment would surge from something inside the two of them - something behind the eyes, under the hair, over the height, beyond the weight; something about a certain attitude toward a certain kind of music.
—  The Day John met Paul
“And that was the day, the day that I met Paul, that it started moving.”- John Lennon

Sometimes I don’t believe in destiny; however, John Lennon and Paul McCartney story wasn’t just a Universe accident. At 5 years old, John almost went to live in New Zealand when his father appeared to see him; John even chose to go away with him, but when he saw his mother leaving, he chose to stay in Liverpool. Years later, Paul would come across John in random places of the city; the bus, the chips shop queue, the newspaper store. In the afternoon of 6th July, 1957, it’s when they would really meet up though. Ivan Vaughan invited his school mate Paul to come along to this Annual Woolton Festival, in St Peter’s Church Fete, where his friends’ band, the Quarrymen, would perform. He invited Paul to try to pick some girl though, but apparently Macca totally forgot that when he saw the checked shirt boy on the stage. Paul, being nearly a professional musician, knowing to play the chords in his guitar perfectly, thought that this boy, who just used 4 strings of his guitar because he learned banjo chords and didn’t know all the words of the song, was brilliant. When Ivan took Paul to introduce him to The Quarrymen and Paul played them Twenty Flight Rock, John, who was so cocky and sarcastic, instead of being envious and rude, admitted that Paul was pretty good. They weren’t a threat for each other, but the compliment; the queen for the king – or better, the little flower princess for the prince

Thanks for everything, Johnny and Paulie.

The Happiest Day of My Life
—  St. Mother Teresa when she met Pope John Paul II

When Paul Met John: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years •


There was a piano in the church hall and Paul started to play it. “It’s when John leaned over my shoulders, contributing a deft right hand in the upper octaves”, Paul recalls. He surprised Paul with his beery breath. “I still remember John’s beery old breath in the day I met him for the first time. Soon I came to love his beery old breath. And I loved John”. And Paul never forgot about John’s beery breath.


The Quarry Men started to play about 4 p.m. At some point of their performance, Julia heard the music and brought Mimi to see the boys. John saw his aunt right out of the crowd, and she looked so shocked that John was scared of her, but actually she was so proud of him. “I couldn’t take my eyes off him. I was pleased as punch to see him up there”.