The Beatles only made it from Liverpool and the history of rock and roll by ignoring the concerns of their parents that they would break and become unemployed.
That's the revelation of John Lennon & # 39; s sister, who in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV gave a unique insight into the struggling days of The Fab Four when they performed nearly 300 gigs at The Cavern Club – long considered the Liverpool location as the birthplace of the group – between 1961 and 1962.
While the world may believe that the four-part act hit gold from day one, John & # 39; s sister Julia Baird admitted that if they had listened to loved ones, The Beatles might never rule the musical world.
Baird, 72, detailed how Paul McCartney, 76, was drafted to become a teacher, while John's & Aunt Mimi expected him to become a commercial artist.
She spoke about the unstable start of the band prior to the premiere of The Beat Goes On, a documentary that she makes on the occasion of the 60-year anniversary of The Cavern Club.
John Lennon & # 39; s sister Julia Baird, 72, sat at DailyMailTV for an exclusive interview in which she recalled the early days of The Beatles at The Cavern Club where they performed nearly 300 performances at The Cavern Club between 1961 and 1962 (photo shoot at the club in 1962)
The Beatles are shown at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, but Pete Best was on the drums instead of Ringo Starr. Laird revealed how the Lennon and McCartney family wanted the young musicians to stop music and get a good job
John Lennon described those wild days at The Cavern Club as the best of his life and career, says Baird.
But she says it was the owner of a record store that changed Brian Epstein & # 39; s belief in the four musicians who changed their entire future.
She thought it was only Epstein's support that prevented Paul & # 39; s father and John & # 39; s aunt from demanding that they go to work full time and abandon rock music.
Baird is executive producer of the new documentary & # 39; The Beat Goes On & # 39 ;, the 60-year anniversary of The Cavern Club
Baird laughed as she recalled the powerful energy that her brother, Paul, Ringo Starr and George Harrison had created on stage during their sets.
Their exciting live performances, however, did not translate into a record deal or any financial security at the end of 1961. That involved the Lennon and McCartney families who urged them to revise their future.
Baird revealed: & # 39; John and Paul were lucky because if it had taken much longer without a break, I don't know what would have happened.
& # 39; Mimi (John & # 39; s aunt) said famously to John – & # 39; & # 39; the guitar is all right John, but you will never live on it. & # 39; & # 39; & # 39;
That was the concern for all families.
& # 39; She was worried about the fact that he had left the art academy.
& # 39; Something in them insisted that they adhere to it. They wanted to make it and they were absolutely determined.
& # 39; And John made a golden disc out of it and it was always on the wall. & # 39;
When Lennon and McCartney saw their loved ones, they saw that they were ready for education as soon as their & # 39; fun hobby & # 39; was over.
& # 39; All parents have surrendered to it and fought with them.
& # 39; It was a different era, children grew up much faster and if they didn't stay in school to go to college or university, they were expected to do an internship, a job or a career in motion had. & # 39;
& # 39; Paul was on his way to becoming an English teacher. He was very good at English and would train to become a teacher. And John had been studying at the university for a year as an art student and went to commercial art. But both of them, if they had decided that this would never happen.
& # 39; John's good friend who was in The Quarrymen, Rod Davis – his parents hated the idea that he used music as a career and they went to the head of John's school with Cambridge (University).
& # 39; And Rod eventually became a language teacher – instead of being a Beatle. The parents would not have weighed anything else.
& # 39; Colin Hanton – who was the original drummer – his parents let them play and even rehearse at Colins' house on a Saturday afternoon. But when he turned 16, he was taken out and apprenticed to a carpenter and he became a carpenter with his own company. & # 39;
Julia Baird is pictured with her half-brother John Lennon in their childhood. John & # 39; s Aunt Mimi famously told him: & # 39; The guitar is all right John, but you will never live on it & # 39;
& # 39; John and Paul were lucky, because if it had been much longer without a break, I don't know what would have happened, & # 39; Baird told DailyMailTV
The Cavern Club has & # 39; The most famous club in the world & # 39; and & # 39; Where it all started & # 39 ;, because people line up outside the Liverpool club for an exclusive Sir Paul McCartney gig in 2018
The club's lunch afternoon sessions were described as exciting, while teen music lovers took to the streets to listen to the bands
In 1961, The Beatles had enjoyed residences at the Hamburg Star Club in Germany, but when they got home they knew that their hobby had to become a business or that they would eventually break down.
Lennon insisted that he was at his happiest during those turbulent days when the Four Liverpudlians advanced on the Cavern stage.
& # 39; It gave them a home and a base and John thought this was the happiest time of their lives.
& # 39; When the Sex Pistols were released in the mid-1970s, John immediately came to the plate because he was jealous of them. He was then jealous of their freedom to leave and be outrageous and rebellious
& # 39; He said: & # 39; & # 39; That's who we were, The Beatles on that stage in the Cavern when we dressed in the leather – and that was when I was happiest. & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; The Cavern was the place in their own city. They took the bus to the city, took the instruments in the bus and went to play in the Cavern.
& # 39; The Cave was essential to the group that they became. & # 39;
And the doubts of Lennon and McCartney & # 39; s families were initially repeated by the regular audience in The Cavern
The Fab Four would never have gone to make rock history if they had listened to the concerns of their family that they would eventually be broke and hopeless, says Baird.
Never seen clips show The Beatles in their early days performances in the now famous Cavern club, DailyMailTV can reveal
Paul McCartney returned to The Cavern Club in 1999 for a performance, shown in the documentary The Beat Goes On
& # 39; Before recording and writing, they were a cover band & # 39 ;, says Baird. & # 39; Paul did his Long Tall Sally cover and people complained: & # 39; & # 39; That's not what we've come to listen to! & # 39 ;. A
& # 39; I think they were told by the management that & # 39; if you continue to sing that mess and throw rubbish – then you'll have to go. & # 39; & # 39;
& # 39; But trends change, because then jazz turned into soul and rock and then into everything else and rock and roll was born then.
Baird says The Cavern did not sell alcohol and only supplied Coca-Cola and said that teenagers would go down the stairs to hear the band at lunch.
& # 39; So all these kids came in for the lunch sessions, high in life, danced and went back to school. It was the adrenaline of being a teenager, having this fantastic music and having no parents around.
& # 39; And that atmosphere took over the city. It went from & # 39; you will have to go, you will have to come back. & # 39; & # 39; & # 39;
Once they had won the audience and Epstein with their sets, he assured the Lennon and McCartney clans that they had a future.
& # 39; John's & # 39; s quote was that without Brian there would have been no Beatles. He was quite categorical about that.
& # 39; Brian went around to hear them (in the Cavern) and ended up signing them. He came from a very middle class, good to have a Jewish family who lived in Liverpool and lived in very good surroundings – and this impressed Mimi.
& # 39; So instead of Joe Flannery stumbling over you, you suddenly had a very nice gentleman who knew how to talk to Mimi. And he encouraged Mimi that there was something in this. Mimi had a lot of respect for Brian and thought Brian was involved and he believed in them, maybe something more was going on. He was essential to soften Mimi.
& # 39; He suddenly became part of our lives and that changed everything. He won Mimi, so the dream didn't sound so hopeless.
& # 39; He impressed Mimi, who was terrified that John would end up as a hopeless person without work, but suddenly saw that something was happening here.
& # 39; And that is why Brian was so important to the band. & # 39;
Baird says it was Brian Epstein (second from left) who was responsible for the band's success. After signing The Beatles, he spoke to John & # 39; s Aunt Mimi and won her
She admitted that happiness also played a major role in the group that became the largest act in the world within just 27 months of signing the act in December 1961. Their debut appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show was seen by a record-breaking 73.7 million people in February 1964, marking the beginning of Beatlemania.
Baird smiled: & # 39; Sometimes you need luck, opportunities, the right person at the right time and sometimes talent can slip through. & # 39;
Baird spoke when she promoted the world premiere screening of The Cavern Club: The Beat Goes On as part of BritWeek LA.
During the event, Baird paid tribute to the & # 39; cradle of British pop music & # 39 ;, which saw the beating heart of the Liverpool music scene become the most famous club in the world.
& # 39; That atmosphere is still there, it's the it club and probably the most famous club in the world.
& # 39; Others clubs come and go, heaving with celebrities, not the kind of places that ordinary people go to make our hair descend into a multi-generational environment. It has a magic in the Cavern. It is as if the walls are sweating gold dust. & # 39;
She added that Paul McCartney echoes John's view of music and that original love is a rock & # 39; n & # 39; roller.
& # 39; We have recently seen Paul four or five shows in the grand & # 39; s and he is more than fantastic. His energy level is unbelievable and just phenomenal. But we saw him last year at The Cavern and we danced like crazy.
& # 39; He clearly doesn't do it for money, he does it because he likes that interaction with the audience. That was how he played in the days of the Cavern and today is his passion.
The Cavern celebrates its 60th birthday. Baird said: & # 39; That atmosphere is still there, it's the it club and probably the most famous club on the planet & # 39;
The British singer Adele performed at The Cavern Club in 2011 and sang her hit Someone Like You
& # 39; People forget when The Beatles split, Paul Wings formed, went directly in a van and toured. He didn't have to do that.
& # 39; So there is something in him that eats from it. & # 39;
Baird & # 39; s revelations come 50 years after the group played their last performance as a band on top of the Apple Building in 1969 in London.
Former teacher Baird is an executive producer of the documentary, hosted by actor Paul McGann with contributing stars including Adele and Sir Paul McCartney.
Britweek chairman Nigel Lythgoe is proud of the documentary premiere at the LA event: & I personally could not have hoped for better. My home town in the UK was Wallasey, at the tip of the Wirral Peninsula, just a ferry across the Mersey to Liverpool, where I worked in a department store.
& # 39; You can imagine how ecstatic I am that BritWeek is holding the World Premiere of a documentary about the Cavern Club.
& # 39; The Cavern Club was home to the Beatles and so many other British Invasion bands from the 60s. I only visited it once as a 16-year-old child. I remember I & # 39; The Stomp & # 39 ;, & # 39; The Shake & # 39; or did another ridiculous dance where you were rowed on the spot due to lack of space and the surrounding sweaty bodies.
& # 39; Now I remember, I don't think I really enjoyed the experience. Ha! & # 39;