Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Holy Grail Recording #8 - Complete Quarry Men live songs (1957)

In this series, In The Life Of...The Beatles presents the top 10 unreleased recordings of the Beatles.

By some mysterious stroke of good luck, Bob Molyneux happened to record two songs of the Quarry Men's Woolton Fete gig on July 6, 1957 -- the day that John Lennon met Paul McCartney. The tape was put up for auction at Sotheby's in 1994. Molyneux said of the recordings, "They still give me goose pimples after 37 years." It eventually sold for £78,500 to EMI. Though the recordings are of poor quality, they would still be interesting to hear in their entirety. Here are fragments of the two songs recorded that day: Lonnie Donegan's "Puttin' On The Style" and Elvis Presley's "Baby, Let's Play House."

Next installment: June 2

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