One of the many highlights of our trip to Liverpool was our tour of the four Beatles childhood homes.
John and Paul’s homes are preserved by the National Trust. Ringo’s boyhood home at 9 Madryn Street was scheduled for demolition, although the residents of Liverpool lobbied to save it, and were recently successful in doing so. It appears that Ringo’s home will be added to the National Trust as was John’s and Paul’s. Ringo’s home as of the age of four is at 10 Admiral Grove and is occupied by new residents.
A pub nearby was featured on the cover of Ringo’s album “Sentimental Journey”.
Ringo lived in very humble surroundings, one of the poorest sections of Liverpool called the “Dingle”. People tended to react negatively if you said you were from the Dingle.
George’s boyhood home is also a private residence.
George lived in a better area, although still very lower middle class. It was classified as a “Council” house, owned by the town, a type of housing project.
Paul also lived in a “Council” house, which were houses built to replace the homes destroyed in the bombings of World War II. Almost 70 percent of Liverpool’s homes were damaged or destroyed by the bombs.
John lived in an upper middle class neighborhood, occupied by doctors and lawyers. His mother sent him to live with his aunt Mimi, who was very proud of her home and it’s location. She raised John in an upper middle class environment.
After Paul was introduced to John by a mutual friend, Paul would visit John at his house and would bring his guitar. Mimi would only let them practice in the entry way at the front of the house. Mimi didn’t like guitar music. She frequently told John, “Guitars are alright, but you’ll never make your living at it”.
Many early Beatle songs were born in that entryway.
After Paul’s mother Mary passed away from breast cancer, Paul’s house would be unoccupied, so that’s where John and Paul would practice. There was always music in the McCartney home, as Paul’s father fronted a Big Band when he was younger. There was a piano in Paul’s living room. It was by far the largest object in the small room. Paul’s father first gave him a trumpet to play, but Paul said he didn’t like it because he couldn’t sing while playing it. Paul soon switched to guitar.
I had the opportunity to tour inside John and Paul’s homes with the National Trust tour.
Inside Paul’s house, the tour guide told us to feel free to play the piano in the living room at the end of the tour.
I didn’t have to be told twice!
I actually played the piano in Paul’s living room!
I played a few bars of “Let it Be”. One of the highlights of my trip to say the least!
There are many other stories to tell from our trip to Liverpool.