The Day John Met Paul

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a day that changed music forever

First broadcasted on BBC Radio 2 in June 2007

‘It was 50 years ago today, Paul McCartney saw the Quarrymen play. McCartney, his brother Mike, John Lennon’s first wife Cynthia and the surviving members of Lennon’s first band the Quarrymen, tell Bob Harris what happened when John met Paul and pop’s fate was sealed’. © Radio Times

‘Featuring an interview with Sir Paul McCartney and the music and memories of John Lennon’s group the Quarrymen, this programme recreates the moment when John and Paul met for the first time at a Quarrymen gig at a sunny garden fete in Woolton, Liverpool on 6 July 1957.

Made with the help of Colin Hall, custodian of John Lennon’s childhood home ‘Mendips’, and with the support of the Liverpool music community.

The Day John Met Paul’ has been awarded silver in the Music Special category. The judges said “The imaginative use of archive material was combined with contextual interviews to recreate the origins of the major musical phenomenon of the twentieth century at a Liverpool church fete. It was not only highly informative, but also profoundly touching in its unaffected presentation of such a momentous narrative.”

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