1. ITV Report

New Quarrymen photo emerges on Beatles breakup anniversary

A previously unpublished photograph of the Quarrymen has been discovered on the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles breakup.

Featuring Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison playing guitars in a house in Liverpool about a year before they became the Beatles. John Lennon had formed the band three years earlier in1956.

They went on to revolutionise pop music before Paul McCartney announced on 10th April 1970 that he was leaving the group. Four years later the Beatles were legally dissolved.

The unique photograph was uncovered by music memorabilia specialists Tracks Ltd in Chorley, but it is unclear who captured the moment on camera and when exactly - although it is thought to be dated towards the latter part of 1959.

Having seen thousands upon thousands of Beatles photos in my career, I was amazed to stumble quite randomly upon this shot of the Quarrymen amongst a collection of photos that I bought recently.

– Paul Wane, Director Tracks Ltd

It's late 1959, somewhere in Liverpool, and history shines in every dimly-lit detail. Schoolboys Paul McCartney and George Harrison, 17 and 16, are rock and rolling together with art-school student John Lennon, 19.

John, Paul and George were a trio for much of 1958-59. 'The rhythm's in the guitars', they'd audaciously tell promoters who wondered where their drummer was.

Within a year of this moment the Quarrymen had become The Beatles, professional musicians playing long hours in Hamburg. Four years from here they'd have attained the inconceivable level of fame and popularity that joyously maintains to this day - out from this Liverpool room and across the universe.

There are few Quarrymen photos and a discovery such as this is extremely rare. Precise information of where and when it was taken would be welcomed by collectors and historians alike.

– Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, Beatles historian and author