Wednesday, December 15, 2010


December 15, 1960

After a suitable (and short) period of inactivity, John Lennon again feels the tug of the creative urge.  Today is the day that he re-establishes contact with Paul McCartney, who doesn't even know that he is back in England.  In fact, it is interesting to speculate on what the world would be like today if John had fallen in with Tony Sheridan, a fellow Englishman, and just stayed on in Germany where he was developing a fan base, playing with whomever opportunity presented.  After all, that just what Tony did for the next 40 years.  I wonder if circumstances prevented it or if he just became homesick without the company and support of his "gang".

In any case, now here he is back at Aunt Mimi's, just across Calderstones Park from his partner Paul McCartney.  He must have trod the well worn path across to the McCartney's council house (public housing to us Americans) on Forthlin Road, probably with his guitar under his arm and amp on his back.  After catching up with each other, they begin to talk about the possibilities of playing some local gigs.

20 Forthlin Road in 1998

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