Paul McCartney was famous at school because:
"I could draw naked ladies. I could do them on folded paper so that when it was closed up the lady had her clothes on and then when you opened it up…wey-hey! The only trouble was before she did the washing my mum used to go through my pockets for school dinner tickets and,of course,one day she found one of my naked ladies, I came home and my dad said,I want a word with you. Did you do this? It was like death. Anguish. Tears".
The Beatles wave to fans in Liverpool at the premiere of their film “A Hard Days Night” on July 10th 1964.
Premier of A Hard Day’s Night; Crowds gather to catch sight of The Beatles before the Northern premier starts in Liverpool, 10th July 1964
May 10, 1960: Stu, John and Paul (George is out of the shot and Tommy Moore is behind Paul) during an audition for Larry Parnes at the Wyvern Social Club, 108 Seel Street, Liverpool.
paul & john: film vs. real life
"This was taken by Mum or Dad. What I remember best of this time are the cozzies [bathing costumes]. They were made of wool, and as you went through the water they became heavier and heavier until they’d start slipping down and eventually the bloody things came off.
We were typical brothers, always fighting (and we still are). Paul was bigger and stronger than me at first, and when he started to put on some puppy fat, the only way I could get back at him was by calling him ‘Fattie.’”
- Mike McCartney
Dangerously ill from the eve of his seventh birthday, Richy in Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital a happy shot that belies a bleak and tedious yearlong recovery from peritonitis. Three times doctors predicted he wouldn’t last the night.
From the book The Beatles All These Years Tune In Vol. 1 by Mark Lewisohn, Page 218
He proved them wrong
“His Liverpool College of Art roommate, Rod Murray, recalled how Stuart had occasional severe headaches while enrolled at school. ‘Stuart fell over from time to time. We thought he just has a bad sense of balance’”.——biographer Bob Spitz: The Beatles
This quote, if accurate, is important: it reveals that Stuart had health problems before Hamburg’s long nights, alcohol, overwork and pills.
Happy Birthday, George!
Julian Lennon with John’s Uncle Charlie (Alfred’s Brother)
Also found this cute story that Charlie Lennon told about young John:"It was a Saturday morning in Liverpool in 1945. Four-year-old John Lennon stood in Penny Lane, gazing longingly at the toys in a sweetshop window while he and his Uncle Charlie, home on furlough from wartime service, waited for John’s mother to return from an errand in a nearby fish shop.
"We’re lookin’ in the window, and John’s pointin’ at this tin bus in the window," recalls Charlie, now a robust 79. "I said to him, ‘You want that?’ So we go in and I buy it for him, don’t I? I asked, ‘How much for the bus?’ They said, "Well, the bus is two pounds fifty, and the Donald Duck…’ I said, ‘What Donald Duck?’ They said, ‘The one he’s walking out with.’ John was walking out the door with a Donald Duck on wheels, pulling it with a piece of string. Mind you, he’d broken it before he got home!
"When I was invited to John’s home [in 1967], his dad said to me, ‘What are you going to say to John when you see him? You haven’t seen him since the Newcastle Road days.’ I said, ‘I’ll ask him for me bus back!" He’d still got the bus-it was up in the music room when I last saw it."