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Before They Were Beatles

Before They Were Beatles

By Megrin Entertainment
This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur schoolboy skiffle bands evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck.

It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles.
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Episode 15 - Hamburg Days
Welcome to Season Two of the Before They Were Beatles podcast. This season we take a look at the group's first few trips to Hamburg, Germany, and their rise to the most popular band in Liverpool. As we start Season Two - John, Paul, George, Pete, and Stuart have arrived in Hamburg, Germany. But what awaits these young men from Liverpool?. ********* This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. The music heard in this episode included: The Beatles - Cry For A Shadow Judy Garland - Somewhere Over The Rainbow Duane Eddy - 3:30 Blues Reelin & Rockin’ - Chuck Berry More Than I Can Say - Bobby Vee Jambalaya - Hank Williams The Beatles - Long Tall Sally You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP0CDQdLe-G141LlqyBu8rC8ap6voBhZe. If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions The Before They Were Beatles Podcast is a production of  Megrin Entertainment, a division of 4Js Group LLC.
21:10
July 27, 2022
Episode 14 - Hamburg Bound
With their first tour behind them, the Silver Beatles start to get regular gigs in and around Liverpool leading to an invitation to play in Hamburg, Germany; but first, the boys must find that most elusive of creatures, a permanent drummer. ********* This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger Royston Ellis & The Shadows Paul McCartney  - Michelle Gerhard Gschossmann - Summertime Tommy Steele - Teenage Party Tony Sheridan - I Like Love Derry & The Seniors - Double Twist Paul McCartney on Drums Johnny Kid and the Pirates - Shakin’ All Over The Beatles - Kansas City (Live in Hamburg) You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel - for which I’ll add the link in the show notes. If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions The Before They Were Beatles Podcast is a production of  Megrin Entertainment, a division of 4Js Group LLC.
29:30
May 04, 2022
Episode 13 - First Tour
Ringo gives up the day job, while the Silver Beetles find another drummer, fail a major audition, but still end up going on their first tour. Before They Were Beatles - Episode 13 - First Tour ========== This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. ================== The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger Gene Vincent - Somewhere Over The Rainbow Casey Jones & The Governers - Dizzy Miss Lizzie Kingsize Taylor & The Dominies - Clarabella Sensational Alex Harvey Band - Boston Tea Party Johnny Gentle - Wendy Lindsay Ross & His Dance Band - title unknown  (Scottish traditional) Darren Young (Johhny Gentle) - I’ve Just Fallen For Someone You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP0CDQdLe-G141LlqyBu8rC8ap6voBhZe If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions ================== The Before They Were Beatles Podcast is a production of  Megrin Entertainment, a division of 4Js Group LLC.
28:34
April 15, 2022
Episode 12 - A Man On A Flaming Pie
The first half of 1960 turned out to be a significant one for John, Paul, and George as they find a new bandmate, a manager, and even a new name for their band. Before They Were Beatles - Episode 12 - A Man On A Flaming Pie This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. ************** The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger Eddie Cochran - Come On Everybody The Crickets - I Fought The Law The Beatles (with Stuart Sutcliffe) - Hallelujah I Lover Her So / You’ll Be Mine / Cayenne You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP0CDQdLe-G141LlqyBu8rC8ap6voBhZe . If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions ************* The Before They Were Beatles Podcast is a production of  Megrin Entertainment, a division of 4Js Group LLC.
16:22
March 16, 2022
Episode 11 - Rocking The Casbah
It’s late 1959 and The Quarry Men have a new gig, but not for long, while Ringo continues to rock the joint with The Hurricanes. The Quarry Men transform into The Moondogs and John gets persuasive with his friend Stuart. Before They Were Beatles - Episode 11 - Rocking The Casbah This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. ************** The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger Acker Bilk & The Paramount Jazz Band - Ackers Away Rory Storm & The Hurricanes (feat Ringo Starkey) - Something Else Buddy Holly - It’s So Easy / Think It Over / Rave On / Words of Love The Hollies - Bus Stop Billy Fury - Don’t Jump Freddie & The Dreamers - You Were Made For Me You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP0CDQdLe-G141LlqyBu8rC8ap6voBhZe . If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions ************* The Before They Were Beatles Podcast is a production of  Megrin Entertainment, a division of 4Js Group LLC.
17:13
February 10, 2022
Episode 10 - Three Cool Cats
We pick up our journey in early 1959 when we find “Three Cool Cats” anxious to find somewhere to continue playing, while some other guy with a drum set finds himself in high demand. ******* This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. *********** The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger Anthony Newley - Personality Gene Vincent - Wedding Bells Paul McCartney - I’ll Follow The Sun The Clash - Rock The Casbah The Beatles - Three Cool Cats (from Anthology Vol. 1) You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP0CDQdLe-G141LlqyBu8rC8ap6voBhZe ********** Thanks for listening to this episode of the Before They Were Beatles podcast. If you would like to leave a rating or review on your favorite podcast platform that would be great, and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes. If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions The Before They Were Beatles Podcast is a production of  Megrin Entertainment, a division of 4Js Group LLC.
17:49
January 21, 2022
Episode 9 - A “Get Back” Special
In this episode, we take a break on our journey through the Beatles’ past and jump ahead to 1969 and the tail end of the group’s creative output as we will discuss the “Get Back” project. We’ll be dividing the discussion into three parts: The TV documentary series The “Let It Be / Get Back” vinyl box set The “Get Back” book ******* Thanks for listening to this episode of the Before They Were Beatles podcast. If you would like to leave a rating or review on your favorite podcast platform that would be great, and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes. The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger Paul McCartney - Get Back (initial creation) George Harrison - I Me Mine (first demo) The Beatles - Come Together (intro) Yoko Ono (with John Lennon and Paul McCartney) - Freak Out Jam The Beatles with Billy Preston - Don’t Let Me Down - (rehearsal) Streetband - Toast The Beatles - Let It Be (2021 Mix) The Beatles - One After 909 (1969 Get Back mix) George Harrison with Paul McCartney, John Lennon & Ringo Starr - All Things Must Pass (intro and first rehearsal) The Beatles - Across the Universe (1970 Get Back mix) You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP0CDQdLe-G141LlqyBu8rC8ap6voBhZe If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions The Before They Were Beatles Podcast is a production of  Megrin Entertainment, a division of 4Js Group LLC.
42:29
December 26, 2021
Episode 8 - Tragedy & First Recording
In this episode, we enter 1958, a year of personal tragedy and the first few steps towards recording for The Quarrymen. ******* This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. ******* Thanks for listening to this episode of the Before They Were Beatles podcast. If you would like to leave a rating or review on your favorite podcast platform that would be great, and don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on future episodes. The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger Quarrymen ‘58 - Raunchy Buddy Holly & The Crickets - Live - Peggy Sue Paul McCartney - Cats Walk John Lennon - Julia Quarrymen - First recording - That’ll Be The Day Quarrymen - First recording - In Spite Of All The Danger Trinidad Steel Band: - "Steel Meringue" (1957) Paul McCartney (on piano at his childhood home) - When I’m 64 You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP0CDQdLe-G141LlqyBu8rC8ap6voBhZe If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions The Before They Were Beatles Podcast is a production of  Megrin Entertainment, a division of 4Js Group LLC.
28:56
November 19, 2021
Episode 7 - Changes
In this episode we look at a vital three months in our story as the boys face changes in their lives, and John and Paul start their song-writing partnership. This is the story of how one of thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid 1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. The music heard in this episode includes: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger John Lennon - Hound Dog The Beatles - Bye Bye Love The Beatles - Long Tall Sally Les Paul - Guitar Boogie The Goons - Eh! Ah! Oh! Ooh! You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel -  If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions
25:06
October 22, 2021
Episode 6 - The Day Paul Met John
For this episode, we focus on one single day. The date is 6th July 1957 - some say the most imporatnt day in the Beatles story. The day that Paul McCartney was introduced to John Lennon. This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger The Original Quarrymen (2017) - Midnight Special John Lennon - Blue Suede Shoes Quarrymen (recreation from the movie Nowhere Boy) - Maggie Mae Quarrymen (from Beatles Anthology) - That’ll Be The Day Paul McCartney - TwentyFlight Rock Eddie Cochran - Twenty Flight Rock (from The Girl Can’t Help It) Quarrymen - Puttin on the Style & Baby Let’s Play House (recorded on 6th July 1957) You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel  If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles, or email me at alan@beforetheywerebeatles.com You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions
22:44
September 08, 2021
Episode 5 - The Boys Began To Play
It's 1957 and the boys start to take the stage with the first public performances by the Quarrymen (John), The Rebels (George), and the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group (Ringo). This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity,  and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy,  coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. The music heard in this episode includes: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger The Merseysippi Jazz Band - Snake Rag George Harrison & Eric Clapton - While My Guitar Gently Weeps The New Rebels - Young Blood Elvis Presley - All Shook Up You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel - If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow  the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles, or email me at alan@beforetheywerebeatles.com You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions
22:44
August 16, 2021
Episode 4 - "Quarrymen old before our birth"
It's fall 1956 and a return to school means new friends and new ideas for John Lennon - and one idea, in particular, that will be the catalyst for everything that follows - the formation of a schoolboy skiffle group - The Quarrymen. This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger The Vipers - Don’t You Rock Me Daddy’O The Stanley Brothers and the Clinch Mountain Boys - Worried Man Blues Paul McCartney - I Lost My Little Girl Lonnie Donigan - John Henry You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel -  If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles, or email me at alan@beforetheywerebeatles.com You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions
19:18
June 08, 2021
Episode 3 - George, Paul, & Richie
Our journey continues as we meet the teenage George Harrison, James Paul McCartney, and Richard Starkey, plus take a side trip to discuss the impact on British rock of guitar virtuoso Bert Whedon. This is the story of how one of thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence, and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger (Harrison & McCartney) Burt Weedon - Guitar Boogie Shuffle The Beatles - extract from A Day in the Life (Lennon & McCartney) Louis Armstrong - When The Saints Go Marching In (trad.) Gerry & The Pacemakers - Ferry Across the Mersey (Gerry Marsden) You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel  If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles, or email me at alan@beforetheywerebeatles.com You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions
23:09
May 12, 2021
Episode 2 - Beginnings: Elvis, Lonnie & John
We begin our journey in January 1956, with the rise of Elvis and the beginnings of rock-n-roll, the British skiffle craze, and the impact they had on the young John Winston Lennon. This is the story of how one of the thousands of amateur British schoolboy skiffle bands in the mid-1950s evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. The music heard in this episode included: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger Bill Haley - Rock Around The Clock Lonnie Donegan - Rock Island Line Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel Fats Domino - Ain’t That A Shame Little Richard - Long Tall Sally You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast You Tube channel If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles, or email me at alan@beforetheywerebeatles.com You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions
22:01
April 14, 2021
Episode 1 - Strawberry Fields - Introduction
In Liverpool , England, October 1956. Schoolboy John Lennon and his best friend, Peter Shotton, decide to start a skiffle group as “a bit of a lark.” Four years later John, now accompanied by Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Pete Best, left Liverpool to start a series of near-legendary gigs in Hamburg, Germany. His group now performing under their newly acquired name – THE BEATLES. This is the story of those four years. The story of how one of the thousands of amateur schoolboy skiffle bands evolved into the beginnings of the greatest band in popular history. It’s a story of hope, creativity, and exploring musical boundaries. It’s also a story of tragedy, coincidence and at times just sheer luck. It is a story of beginnings, the story of John, Paul, George, and Ringo - Before They Were Beatles. The first introductory episode covers host Alan J. Porter's personal connections with Strawberry Fields and how the genesis of his original Before They Were Beatles book. The music heard in this episode includes: The Quarrymen - In Spite of All The Danger John Lennon - Strawberry Fields For Ever (acoustic) Various voices - Imagine (John Lennon) Lonnie Donegan - Rock Island Line You can find full versions of the music heard in this episode in the dedicated Before They Were Beatles Podcast YouTube channel  at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLP0CDQdLe-G141LlqyBu8rC8ap6voBhZe  If you would like to make a comment or ask a question you can follow the podcast Twitter account at @BeforeBeatles, or email me at alan@beforetheywerebeatles.com You can also find copies of the original Before They Were Beatles book on Amazon in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions
10:30
March 17, 2021