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Tape Has Pre-Ringo Beatles Recordings

A Beatles fan whose grandfather once lent Paul McCartney a tape recorder says he has found a 1959 tape of the group singing 16 songs, a newspaper reported.

The Sunday Times said McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon recorded the rhythm and blues classics on the old tape recorder borrowed from the late Charles Hodgson in Liverpool when they were teenagers.

Ringo Starr hadn’t joined the group, and they were performing as The Quarry Men Skiffle Group.

McCartney returned the tape recorder and it sat in Hodgson’s attic until grandson Peter Hodgson, 30, was clearing the attic out last autumn, the newspaper said.

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