Live: Jacaranda Coffee Bar, Liverpool

8.00pm, Monday 30 May 1960 (53 years ago)

The Silver Beetles performed around a dozen times at manager Allan Williams‘s cafe in Liverpool’s city centre.

Williams asked them to play on Monday nights when the normal house band, The Royal Caribbean Steel Band, had a night off. The Silver Beetles were paid with beans on toast and Coca-Cola.

Allan Williams ran the Blue Angel and the Jacaranda. He was the little local manager (little in height, that is – a little Welshman with a little high voice – a smashing bloke and a great motivator, thought we used to take the mickey out of him).
Paul McCartney
Anthology

The Jac, as it was known, opened in September 1958 on Liverpool’s Slater Street, and quickly became a popular destination among local students. Williams asked them to play there on occasions when he was unable to secure them bookings elsewhere.

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