Paul McCartney in Audience Watching The Quarrymen!
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In this photo of the Quarrymen's 22 June 1957 gig we see John Lennon singing and what appears to be Paul McCartney in the audience looking on, in either glasses or shades.
This photo of the Quarrymen (aka Quarry Men) has been around for ages. Amongst numerous other Beatles books, it is included in Mark Lewisohn's 1992 book The Complete Beatles Chronicle and the companion book to the Beatles Anthology documentary, The Beatles Anthology, published in 2000.
Which is to say, it's not a fake or in any way doctored.
The photo is not as common as the one taken at the Quarrymen's 6 July 1957 gig at St. Peter's Church garden féte in Woolton (View it) where McCartney says he was introduced to Lennon, and where Lennon is looking straight at the camera.
What do you think?
In the detail below, compare Paul in the Quarrymen photo (at 15) and (inset) Paul at 19 or 20. The chin, the nose, the mouth, the ear, the whole thing. If it's not Paul, it's his doppelganger!
Here are some various Quarrymen photos after Paul joined, around the same time. Folks have said he was "chubbier" at that time, but I think he's pretty much like the guy in the photo.
Vote on it!
Vote on whether or not you think that guy is Paul on the PaulMcCartney Forum. (You'll have to register on the site to vote, but it's easy.)
The White Sports Jacket with Metallic Threads
"We were sitting round a table having coffee when Ivan and Paul came in. McCartney wa wearing a white jacket and black drainpipes" Len Garry, bassist with the Quarrymen
"Paul's main reason for going to the Woolton féte was not to meet John Lennon but to try to pick up a girl. To this end he wore an outfit loosely modelled on the popular hit 'A White Sports Coat and a Pink Carnation', then regarded as the height of teen fashion. His white sports jacket had metallic threads which made the fabric sparkle." Barry Miles, Many Years From Now, p.27
Is this the jacket?
Photos of the Teenage Paul McCartney
Some who are skeptical of the guy in the Quarrymen photo being Paul say that he was "chubby" at the time and they guy in the photo isn't. Paul may have had a chubby period, but the below photos show teenage Paul looking fairly trim. (Thanks to TheBeatlesBeat Website for a couple of these!
Yes, But Did Paul McCartney Wear Glasses?
A bespectacled Paul McCartney is clearly present at the Quarrymen's June 22, 1957 gig on Rosebery Street.
Many Beatles fans and experts aren't aware that Paul wore glasses and this perhaps is why Paul's obvious presence in the audience has been overlooked for 50 years.
Friends of the singer say McCartney rarely wore glasses because it was part of his friend John's image.
"He was always conscious that John was famous for his glasses," said one friend. "He felt that it was important to maintain their image and John's glasses were part of that.
"His eyesight is also pretty good, so he didn't need to wear them much."
Who knows whether or not Paul needed to wear glasses. Maybe it was just something cool to do, a la Buddy Holly (Lennon and McCartney were both huge fans and hugely influenced by Holly), or looking older (he'd turned 15 just 4 days before the above photo), or perhaps more intellectual and mature so as to appeal to the girls.
Anyway, there's a reason why this is a hot topic....