How did The Quarrymen become The Beatles?

I’m starting a new series on YouTube taking you on the journey from the very beginning of the Quarrymen through to them becoming John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Here is the overview of the series giving you a taste of what is to come!

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From the Quarrymen to The Beatles

David and Rod Davis in Germany

On 20th May I flew out to Germany with Rod Davis from the Quarrymen.

Rod, like many people, didn’t realise that I play guitar and sing a bit too! So he suggested that ge would do a talk with songs, I would do my talk, and then we would sing some songs together. What an honour that was for me and we had so much fun too!!

Have a look at the video I’ve just uploaded to our YouTube channel and I hope you forgive the camera work from those watching and my singing too!

David and Rod Davis

Rock Island Line by The Quarrymen

George Harrison said, “No Lonnie Donegan, no Beatles” and he was right. It was Lonnie who started the skiffle craze and got John Lennon to start The Quarrymen, which started the Beatles!

Here are the Quarrymen performing “Rock Island Line”

Rock Island Line

The Day John met Paul – What Really Happened?

On 6th July 1957, Paul McCartney was introduced to John Lennon after watching The Quarrymen perform at St. Peter’s Church in Woolton, Liverpool.

What really did happen? Having spoken to all of the surviving members of the Quarrymen, I could finally get as close to the truth as is possible.

Watch for the story of that incredible day.

Walk in The Footsteps of John Lennon and The Quarrymen

John Lennon’s Woolton

In our latest Video on YouTube we are sharing some of the unseen footage and interviews from when we made “Looking for Lennon”.

Not many visitors to Liverpool realise that in the heart of Woolton, close to John Lennon’s home at “Mendips”, was a Quarry. This was still active in the 1950s. When the Quarrymen performed at the St Peter’s Garden Fete, they played on top of the Quarry.

You can view some drone footage (see photo) that we shot in the quarry – it is a residential area now – which looks over St Peter’s Church and the footpath, which many people also don’t know about, that runs from Lennon’s side of Woolton to St. Peter’s Church.

Walk in the footsteps of John Lennon and The Quarrymen. Enjoy the short film – more to come soon

Walking Through Lennon’s Woolton

Discover the UNTOLD story of the Country Roots of The Beatles in my NEW book

The Country of Liverpool
The Country of Liverpool

John Lennon said:

“There is the biggest Country & Western following in England in Liverpool… I heard Country & Western music in Liverpool before I heard rock ‘n’ roll.” 

* Discover the Country music scene in Liverpool from the 1950s

* The Country roots of The Beatles

* The Phil Brady story

You can PRE-ORDER the book now: The Country of Liverpool

Discover more about the story at the official website

Review of the book:

“In 1964, The Beatles created entire LP, Beatles for Sale, as a homage to their life-long love of country music. But how did this connection to musicians such as Carl Perkins begin? It began in The Country of Liverpool! And here, in exciting and accurate detail, David Bedford walks us through the Liverpool-link to The Beatles’ country and western vibes. Known for his detailed research and passion for “getting things right,” Bedford unfolds yet another dimension in The Beatles’ story that has long been overlooked. This book is a must-read for Beatles fans and scholars alike. I loved it!”

Jude Kessler, author of the John Lennon Series