Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)

8.00pm, Friday 14 July 1961 (52 years ago)

The Beatles’ second evening performance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club took place on this date.

The group were supported by the White Eagle Jazz Band and Ian And The Zodiacs.

The Beatles didn’t make an impression until I saw them that night. The long hours had knitted them together. I loved to hear Paul singing Besame Mucho. That was very different and it suited his voice. You can’t really imagine a beat group doing Besame Mucho, but they did it very well.
Ian Edwards, Ian And The Zodiacs
The Cavern, Spencer Leigh

Earlier in the day they had given a lunchtime performance at the club. This day saw The Beatles’ first shows at the venue since their return from Germany for their second Hamburg trip. Their previous appearance at the Cavern had been on 24 March 1961.

This was their 16th appearance overall at the club. Although the precise number of their Cavern performances is not known, The Beatles played at least 155 lunchtime and 125 evening shows. Their final performance at the venue took place on 3 August 1963.

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