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The man who made the first Beatles record
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 09/26/08 7:45 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Peter Phillips has created a web site honoring a man you've probably never heard of, a man mainly unknown in the story of the Beatles, a man who played an important role in the birth of the Beatles. The man is his grandfather, Percy Phillips.

Percy Phillips started and ran Phillips Sound Recording Services, the popular studio in Liverpool where in 1958 the Quarrymen, who later became the Beatles, made their first ever record, a 78 rpm ten inch acetate disc with their version of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" on the A side and Paul McCartney and George Harrison's first composition, "In Spite Of All The Danger" on the B side. Both of these recordings appeared on the "Beatles Anthology 1" album in 1995.

Between 1955 and 1969, Percy Phillips recorded hundreds of tapes and discs in Liverpool. On the 26th of August 2005 a ceremony took place to unveil a Blue Plaque on the front wall of number 38 Kensington, Liverpool, to commemorate the recording there of the Quarrymen Acetate in 1958 and to remember the site of Phillips Sound Recording Services.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Quarrymen recording, on his new site, Peter Phillips reveals for the first time the background to the story of his grandfather's studio, using archive recordings, photographs and memories, many provided by the Phillips family and others who were there at the time.

Check out the site at and learn the fascinating story of "the man who made the first Beatles record".

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