September 1961

John Lennon and Paul McCartney travel to Paris

John Lennon was given £100 ahead of his 21st birthday on 9 October 1961. He and Paul McCartney decided to travel to Spain for a holiday. In the end they went no further than Paris.

Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool

This was The Beatles’ 17th show at Litherland Town Hall, which had been the scene of their triumphant homecoming performance on 27 December 1960, following their first trip to Hamburg.

Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool

This was The Beatles’ 16th performance at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool’s Hayman Green. The venue was owned by drummer Pete Best‘s mother Mona.

Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool

This was The Beatles’ 16th show at Litherland Town Hall, which had been the scene of their triumphant homecoming performance on 27 December 1960, following their first trip to Hamburg.

Live: Knotty Ash Village Hall, Liverpool

This was The Beatles’ first performance at the Village Hall on East Prestcot Road, Knotty Ash, Liverpool. It followed an appearance at the Grosvenor Ballroom in Liscard, Wallasey earlier that evening.

Live: Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey

The Silver Beetles had played at the Grosvenor Ballroom in Liscard, Wallasey several times in 1960. This was The Beatles’ third show at the venue in 1961, and the final time they performed there.

Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool

This was The Beatles’ 15th show at Litherland Town Hall, where they had given a triumphant homecoming performance on 27 December 1960, following their first trip to Hamburg.