Sir Paul's friend, Bob Wooler, the Cavern Club's resident disc jockey, died today after a long illness at the age of 76.
Mr. Wooler met Sir Paul back in December, 1960. Mr. Wooler spotted two young men carrying guitars waiting at a bus stop outside the Holyoake Dance Hall, Liverpool where he was working at the time. He approached them to ask if they played in a group and offered them a booking at Litherland Town Hall on December 27. In his Who's Who entry, Sir Paul cites this particular Litherland Town Hall event as the "first important appearance as the Beatles". By February, 1961, both Mr. Wooler and the Beatles had secured a residency at the Cavern Club where the Beatles performed until August, 1963. It is Bob Wooler's voice one hears introducing the Beatles in the only known film clip that exists of the group performing at the Cavern Club. Mr. Wooler served as the Beatles' manager until they met Brian Epstein. Bob Wooler explained, "He had a car, I didn't. And he had a charm and sophistication I certainly didn't."
Bob Wooler was a witty man who a remained a good and trusted friend to Sir Paul over the years. He was present at Sir Paul's 21st birthday party (where, unfortunately, he became involved in a fist fight with John Lennon.) One of Mr. Wooler's last public appearances was in December, 1999 when he was present at Sir Paul's historic return to the Cavern Club. In fact, you'll hear Sir Paul asking the audience to cheer for Bob Woller on his Live at the Cavern Club recording. Following "Try Not to Cry", Sir Paul announces, "Bob Woller is here. You're all to young to know Bob ... but I'm not. He's the guy who used to introduce us Lovely Bob. Big cheer for Bob Woller!"
Now, may he rest in peace.
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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