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Rare 1958 Beatles image excavated by Paul McCartney's brother and revealed in a new book


Paul McCartney with John Lennon and George Harrison stars in one of the earliest color images ever captured by the Beatles.

The photo, which has never been seen before, was discovered by Sir Paul's brother Mike McCartney, who took it in March 1958.

It shows Paul and George, both 15, and John, 17, rehearsing at a wedding reception. George has his back to the camera, hence the name on the negative – George & # 39; s Back.

Paul McCartney with John Lennon and George Harrison stars in one of the earliest color images ever captured by the Beatles

Mike tripped over the negative as he searched old files for a new book. He said he was 14 years old when he took the picture – along with a familiar second picture, which is largely believed to be the band's first color picture – at his Aunt Gin's front desk in Huyton, Liverpool, for hers 19-year-old shot -old son Ian Harris.

In gray jackets, white shirts and black ties, the band, then called The Quarrymen, seems to be rehearsing, with Paul's mouth open, probably in the middle of the song.

Mike said, "My filing system doesn't exist. I keep running into lost drawings and pictures. I looked through some old files and came across a couple of negatives, and I realized I had put this page aside because the other was a better one Picture was.

"I realized," Oh my god, I must have taken this one earlier because that's where they rehearse, George has his back to the camera. "

The photo, never seen before, was discovered by Sir Paul's brother Mike McCartney, who took it in March 1958 when they were still known as The Quarrymen. Pictured: The Beatles 1964

The photo, never seen before, was discovered by Sir Paul's brother Mike McCartney, who took it in March 1958 when they were still known as The Quarrymen. Pictured: The Beatles 1964

“After all these years it was a nice discovery. Sometimes negatives fade if not properly stored, but this one was in perfect condition. Color film was very expensive in those days, so it would have been a special gift from Dad to get the color film for me.

“We got Papa a £ 1 cigar for Christmas each year and he would have got it as my present. It's great to see the matching jackets in color. & # 39;

Harry Ian Harris, then 19, married 16-year-old Cecilia Jacqueline Gavin, known as Jackie, on Saturday, March 8, 1958, in a Catholic church ceremony in Huyton. A party was then held in her honor at 147 Dinas Lane, home of Paul's Aunt Gin.

Ian asked Paul to bring some musician friends to play at the front desk. George Harrison had only hit the quarries the previous month and had only turned 15 days earlier.

The other, more well-known picture, which was also taken at the reception, has already been published many times and is well known among Beatles fans.

His limited edition book, Mike McCartney's Early Liverpool, is out next year by Genesis Publications (mikemccartneybook.com)

His limited edition book, Mike McCartney's Early Liverpool, is out next year by Genesis Publications (mikemccartneybook.com)

It is titled "John, Paul, George and Dennis" and refers to the fourth man, Dennis Littler, a neighbor of Ian Harris, who was pictured next to the musicians sipping a glass of stout.

After the new color photo was previewed Tuesday by Mike's publishers, it caused a great stir among Beatles fans on social media.

His limited edition book, Mike McCartney's Early Liverpool, will be released next year by Genesis Publications (mikemccartneybook.com).

It contains invisible images, from his first photo with the Kodak Brownie family to his capture of the burgeoning Merseybeat scene.

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