Den 8 mars 1958 på 147 Dinas Lane i Liverpool togs nedanstående färgfotografi av Pauls McCartneys bror Mike McCartney, som nyligen hade kommit över en färgfilm. Detta var det allra första färgfotot på dåvarande The Beatles. Vid den här tiden – mars 1958 – hette bandet fortfarande The Quarrymen. Tillställningen var en bröllopsmottagning för Pauls 19-åriga kusin Harry Ian Harris och dennes 16-åriga brud Cecilia Jacqueline Gavin.
Brudgummen Ian bad Paul McCartney att bandet The Quarrymen skulle spela på tillställningen. Trion spelade vid tillställningen. Pianisten John ‘Duff’ Lowe, Len Garry (som då och då spelade tea chest bas) och trummisen Colin Hanton spelade bara om omständigheterna tillät det. Så den här kvällen kunde bara John Lennon, George Harrison och Paul McCartney ställa upp.
Om fotot ovan har Mike McCartney sagt följande:
In those days colour film was very expensive so it would have been a special present from Dad to get the colour film for me. We used to get Dad a £1 cigar every year for Christmas and he would have got this as my gift. It’s brilliant to see their matching jackets in colour.
Dennis Littler föddes 1938 och växte upp i Huyton. Han, gick bort den 3 november 2022 och blev 84 år. Hans son Simon Littler har låtit dela några minnen från sin far, som var en nära vän till beatlarna.
My dad was actually friends with Ian Harris, who was Paul McCartney’s cousin, and his mum was ”Auntie Jin” who was actually named in a Beatles song.
Paul McCartney spelade på Dennis gitarr
And basically my dad had a really nice guitar and he would go round, Paul was only very young at this point, probably around 16, and he would play the guitar with them and the lads would absolutely love playing on this guitar.
Gitarren som John, Paul och George turades om att låna från Dennis var en Antonia Acoustic.
Dennis nobbade ’The Beatles’
Dennis hade ett eget band och minns den tiden i en artikel i Daily Express:
…When Paul, John and George started rehearsing their own group at Aunty Ginny’s they actually looked up to us…They even pleaded to join us. We turned them down flat-too young and too inexperienced. They were all still at school. We were slightly older, we had been going longer than them…they all wanted to take it in turn to borrow my guitar. John had paid 30 bob (£1.50) for his battered guitar. Mine had cost £19 on hire purchase, which in those days was a fortune. In three weeks, Paul was playing better than I could ever hope to. It didn’t make any difference to him that he was left-handed and my guitar was not. He could play anything. After a few spins of Little Richard’s “Long Tall Sally” record he could knock out the right chords on the piano and make it sound right…
I David Bedfords bok The Fab one hundred and Four: The Evolution of The Beatles from The Quarrymen to the Fab Four, berättar Dennis så här:
Paul, George and John would often come to my house and play on my guitar, because it was a lot more expensive than the guitars they had, and obviously was a much better guitar too. I never performed with The Quarrymen, but rehearsed with them. I remember Paul coming to me one day and saying that he had worked out how to play ‘Butterfly’ by Charlie Gracie and he played it perfectly.
He had that knack of being able to pick a song up so quickly and it was obvious how good he was. He could pick up songs like ‘Long Tall Sally’ by ear, and sing like Little Richard too because he had such a great voice.
“When Ian got married, John, Paul and George were asked to provide some music, which is when the photo was taken by Mike McCartney, the first colour photograph featuring The Beatles. I am seen next to the wall with my glass of Guinness. I don’t remember much about the day I’m afraid.
Paul had always promised that he would have his 21st birthday at that house on Dinas Lane in Huyton (Auntie Jin’s house.)
At this point The Beatles had gained some fame so there was a lot of fuss around the party, Paul came over the road and asked my dad why he wasn’t at the party, and he introduced my dad to Hank Marvin and Gerry Marsden at the party, and there will have definitely been some wild stories from that night.
Dennis Littlers begravning kommer att äga rum den 29 november 2022 kl. 15.00 på Southport Crematorium.