BELMAR, NJ — The Beatles rose from obscurity to international stardom in two short years. Yet their impact on the world of music will forever live on. Who were these English lads before they became the Fab Four?

“The Beatles–The Beaginnings” will be presented on Wednesday, September 18 at the Belmar Public Library by John Paul Groom, who grew up in Liverpool at the same time as Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison.

During the free program that begins at 6 p.m., Groom will take attendees on a journey that begins from their modest start to how they became, in their own words, “the Toppermost of the Poppermost.”

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“Their fine singing, their harmonies, their development as recording artists, their self-deprecating humor, the production of ever more thoughtful and sophisticated songs, their initial ingenuity at the experience of being successful,” Groom said. “All of these elements and others came together to place them in the affections of a local at first, then regional, then national and finally international audience.”

In video below, Groom offers a glimpse into his entertaining and enlightening presentation,












Groom, who now lives in Scotch Plains, attended the same high school as Paul McCartney and George Harrison, as well as the same Sunday school as John Lennon. He went to the youth club where Lennon met McCartney. And he lived in the same village of Harrison and Lennon. And, of course, he is a Beatles fan.

The free program will be held at the library’s main building, located at 517 10th Avenue. For more information, call the Belmar Public Library at 732-681-0775 or visit to send a message.

For updates on the library’s various programs and services at both its main building and annex at 503 Seventh Avenue, visit its website or Facebook page.


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