Recording of John Lennon’s First Song Discovered
Paul McCartney singing “Till There Was You” appears on With The Beatles, released in the U.K. in 1963, and on the U.S. version of the album, Meet The Beatles!, released in 1964.
The 10-inch 78 rpm recording was discovered in the attic of Les Magquire, keyboardist for Gerry and the Pacemakers, a “Merseybeat” band that came out of Liverpool around the same time as the Beatles. Described as a Holy Grail collectible by Ian Shirley, editor of Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide, the record is slated to go up for auction on March 22 at Omega Auctions in Warrington, U.K.
From the Mashable report:
The 78 RPM record bears the handwriting of the band's manager Brian Epstein and is thought to fetch at least £10,000 ($14,000) and possibly much more. It was made at the HMV shop in London's Oxford Street and presented to future producer George Martin at EMI in an effort to bag a record deal.Read the full story here.
Within months the band had signed to EMI and recorded the tracks for Please Please Me and Beatlemania was imminent.