Door to 38 Kensington



This unassuming front door belonged to a terraced house just outside Liverpool’s city centre. It was the home of Percy Phillips, who used the house as a base for his many businesses, including his successful recording studio, ‘Phillips' Sound Recording Services’, which he founded in 1955. He attracted local acts like Billy Fury and Ken Dodd who made their earliest recordings there. In 1958 a young band called The Quarrymen came to make their only studio recording: an 78rpm acetate disc featuring two songs, the self-penned ‘In Spite of all the Danger’ and ‘That’ll be the Day’ a cover of the Buddy Holly song. Three of The Quarrymen, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, would of course later find global fame with The Beatles. “I remember we all went down on the bus with our instruments ...we ran through it very quickly, quarter of an hour, and it was all over.” Paul McCartney