Paul McCartney - Guitar, Vocals.
John Lennon - Guitar, Vocals.
Colin Hanton - Drums.
Eric Griffiths - Guitar.
Len Garry - Tea-chest bass.

This is chronicled in Beatle books and is a story told by Colin Hanton.
However, some say it is confused with the audition the following year in 1959?
This appears strange because the following year it's on record that only
John, Paul & George travel to Manchester for an 
As Colin was not present at that one there must be substance
in this particular one having taken place.
The date is not known though?

Can anyone provide more info? 

Anyway, the information I have to date is:- 

Late 1958 The Quarry Men made their way down the East Lancs from Liverpool
to the ABC Television Studio in Didsbury, East Manchester.

Seeking fame and fortune they auditioned for a television talent show.
(This was the first and earliest of two Manchester TV auditions.
The second in 1959 will feature in a future update.)

Their  repertoire of skiffle and rock'n'roll included:

The Cumberland Gap - Lonnie Donnegan
Freight Train - Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
Mailman Blues - Lloyd Price
Maggie May - The Vipers Skiffle Group
Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
Be-Bop A Lula - Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps

plus some of their own compositions..
One After 909
Like Dreamers Do
I Lost My Little Girl
In Spite Of All The Danger
Hello Little Girl

Unfortunately they failed the audition with Paul receiving a cash handout from a stranger who took pity as they struggled with the return fare home!   Was it you?!

We shall attempt to find out more in the future!  



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