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Contrary to mythological belief, The Beatles didn't all meet while crossing Abbey Road in their flared pants suits. John Lennon was already part of a skiffle group, known as The Quarrymen, when he one day met Paul McCartney while performing at a Liverpool garden fete. McCartney joined the skiffling merriment and, when they decided to bring in a third guitarist, he suggested an old friend he used to take the bus to school with: George Harrison. But whether it was coincidence, irony or a lack of amenities on the part of Lennon and McCartney, the meet-cute is gleaned from the fact that George's audition also took place on the top of a double-decker bus!

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