Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)

8.00pm, Saturday 17 February 1962 (52 years ago)

This was The Beatles’ 52nd evening show at the Cavern Club. They topped a bill which also featured Cyril Preston’s Excelsior Jazz Band, and the Zenith Six Jazz Band.

Overall this was The Beatles’ 137th appearance at the underground Mathew Street venue, including their lunchtime shows.

One of my favourite bands, and nobody has ever heard of them, was a jazz band from Manchester called the Zenith Six, who were absolutely great and quite funny as well: they had some good chat between the numbers. They did old favourites like Tiger Rag and Savoy Blues, but there was something different and cheeky about them.
Geoff Davies, Probe Plus record label
The Cavern, Spencer Leigh

Although the precise number of The Beatles’ Cavern performances is not known, they played at least 155 lunchtime and 125 evening shows between 9 February 1961 and 3 August 1963.

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