1957 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where Lennon’s band The Quarrymen are appearing. While the band is setting up for their evening performance, an eager McCartney snatches up a guitar and plays “Twenty Flight Rock” and “Be-Bop-A-Lula.” He further impresses Lennon when he teaches him and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.
1938 – Louis Armstrong and his Orchestra record “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
1962 – The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein meets with EMI producer George Martin, who eventually signs the band to record demos on June 4, 1962. It is their first recording contract.
It’s the day before The Night Before on XPN … and to help get us prepared for 24 hours of yours truly, I present to you a unique holiday song each day!
There is really only one way to end this Twelve Days until The Night Before musical countdown – and that is with a story. Not just any story, but a Christmas classic: Twas The Night Before Christmas – as told by the incredible Louis Armstrong. This was recorded just four months before Armstrong died in his sleep of a heart attack at age 69.
With all the joy that this man brought to millions, it’s fitting that his final recording would be one for the children … in all of us.
Be sure to join me starting at midnight tonight for my 22nd annual edition of The Night Before on XPN; 24 hours of me and my eclectic collection of seasonal sounds – midnight to midnight on the 24th day of December … only on WXPN.