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60 Years Ago, 2 Boys Met And The Beatles Began

On the anniversary of John Lennon and Paul McCartney's first meeting, revisit the church garden party that changed the course of popular music forever.
John Lennon (left) and Paul McCartney, pictured here circa 1960, met as teenagers in July 1957. / Getty Images / Getty Images

Sixty years ago, two young musicians happened upon each other in Liverpool, England, in a meeting that would change the course of popular music forever.

It was July 6, 1957. John Lennon, then 16, was playing with his skiffle group

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