On the greatest day in history- July 6, 1957- the day John met Paul- the first thing that just turned 15 year old Paul McCartney did that impressed nearly 17 year old John Lennon was that he knew the chords and words to Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” which was a popular song at the time by English rock n’ roll bands. This good first impression would lead to John who was the leader of the Quarrymen to ask Paul to join the group. Paul would later comment “I think what impressed him most was that I knew all the words.”
Eddie Cochran and Ned Fairchild wrote Twenty Flight Rock- Cochran’s contribution was the music. Cochran’s Twenty Flight Rock was a rockabilly tune. The song was a short one at 1:42. It was released as a single in 1957 but didn’t make the charts. It was more popular in the UK than it was in the US- during his short career he would have more success and popularity in the UK than in the US. Cochran performed Twenty Flight Rock in one of the best rock and roll movies of the era The Girl Can’t Help It- which all four future Beatles saw and loved. Paul would later cover Twenty Flight Rock on his CHOBA B CCCP album.
video of song below