July 6th, 1957 was the day Paul McCartney and John Lennon met for the very first time during a church festival at St. Peter’s Church in Liverpool. While the meeting was humble, it turned out to be one of the most historic events in rock history as the two young men went on to create The Beatles.

Cemented in time as the pioneers of one of the greatest pop/rock bands of all time, The Beatles sparked The British Invasion and the foursome became a globally influential phenomenon.

Until John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison arrived, the United States had dominated worldwide popular music in film, jazz, and theater from the 1920’s. But things changed in the 1960’s as the music of the Fab Four also fueled women’s liberation, gay liberation and environmentalism movements.

While one of the the two men that met 63 years ago is no longer with us, their music is forever a staple in classic rock with such hits as “Get Back,” “She Loves You,” “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hey Jude” and more. Listen to some of their creations below.

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