Live: St John’s Hall, Liverpool

8.00pm, Thursday 17 August 1961 (52 years ago)

This was The Beatles’ eighth performance at St John’s Hall on Snaefell Avenue in Tuebrook, Liverpool.

Mona Best, mother of Pete and owner of the Casbah Coffee Club, also ran some nights at St John’s Hall. The venue shouldn’t be confused with a hall in Bootle of the same name where The Beatles also performed.

On this occasion they were joined on bass guitar by Johnny Gustafson, a member of The Big Three, who were also on the bill. Liberated from having to hold an instrument, Paul McCartney wandered the stage and into the audience, singing in the style of solo performers of the era.

The Beatles played at Liverpool’s St John’s Hall on 11 occasions. The other dates were 17 February; 10 March; 13, 20 and 27 July; 3, 10, 24 and 31 August; and 8 September 1961.

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