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Paul McCartney: A life in pictures

1960: The birth of The Beatles



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Paul had a happy childhood with younger brother Michael, and at age 11 gained a place at Liverpool Institute for Boys. It was on the bus to this school that he first met George Harrison, later lead guitarist of The Beatles.

At age 14, traumatized by his mother's sudden death from breast cancer, Paul wrote his first song. In July 1957, he met John Lennon during one of his band's performances. Paul soon joined Lennon's band The Quarrymen after impressing him with his guitar and singing skills, with George Harrison joining the following year.

This would mark the beginning of the Lennon-McCartney partnership and the creation of the biggest band of all time, The Beatles.

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