May 1960

Live: Rescue Hall, Peterhead, Scotland

The Silver Beetles’ final tour date with Johnny Gentle. The following day they arrived back in Liverpool, poorer than when they’d left, but with some valuable experience of playing live on tour.

Live: Regal Ballroom, Nairn, Scotland

The Silver Beetles’ penultimate show as the backing band for Scouse singer Johnny Gentle was at the Regal Ballroom, situated on Leopold Street in Nairn.

Live: St Thomas’ Hall, Keith, Scotland

The Silver Beetles had another day off from the Scotland tour with Johnny Gentle on 24 May 1960, which gave drummer Tommy Moore a chance to recover from his road accident the previous day. But they continued the next day with a performance in Keith, Banffshire.

Live: Dalrymple Hall, Fraserburgh, Scotland

The Silver Beetles had a day off on 22 May from their Scottish tour with Johnny Gentle, but continued the following day with a performance in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

Live: Town Hall, Alloa, Scotland

The Silver Beetles’ seven-date tour of Scotland, backing singer Johnny Gentle, began on this day with a performance at the Town Hall in Alloa, Clackmannanshire.

Live: Iron Door Club, Liverpool

This was The Silver Beetles’ only known performance at the Iron Door Club on Temple Street, Liverpool. It was a lunchtime show featuring The Silver Beetles and Cass and the Cassanovas.

Live: Lathom Hall, Liverpool

For one night only, the group performed as The Silver Beats, for their first proper show for Liverpool promoter Brian Kelly.

Live: Blue Angel, Liverpool – audition for Larry Parnes

London-based music promoter Larry Parnes travelled to Liverpool to audition groups to back Billy Fury on a tour of northern England and Scotland. The audition took place at the Blue Angel, a club run by The Silver Beetles’ new manager Allan Williams. The venue was previously known as the Wyvern Social Club, and was located… Read more »