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2010 Kennedy Center Honors Watch: Paul McCartney

The Washington Post arts staff is keeping an eye on the doings of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honorees. This year's class is Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey.

Paul McCartney at the Library of Congress last June. (Tracy A. Woodward / The Washington Post)

In case this wasn't on your desk calendar, today is the anniversary of Paul McCartney's first appearance with the Quarreymen, the band that advanced the Beatles. On Oct. 18, 1957 McCartney and his band mates performed at the New Clubmoor Hall in Liverpool. In addition to McCartney that night the Quarreymen consisted of John Lennon, Eric Griffiths, Len Garry and Colin Hanton.

Accounts of those early days show the Quarrymen's affection for early American rock, usually including the Buddy Holly standard "That'll Be the Day" on their set.

In 1960 McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison adopted the name the Beatles, and Ringo Starr joined in 1962 kicking off the long and winding road to fame.

McCartney will be saluted, along with the other Honorees, Dec. 4 and 5.

By Jacqueline Trescott  | October 18, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
Categories:  Jacqueline Trescott, Kennedy Center  | Tags:  Kennedy Center, Kennedy Center Honorees, Paul McCartney  
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