John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Pete Best fly to Hamburg
12.00pm, Wednesday 11 April 1962 (52 years ago)
John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Pete Best flew out of Manchester destined for Germany on this day, for their first residency at the Star-Club in Hamburg.
George Harrison was unwell at the time, and so flew to Germany the following day with The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.
Lennon, McCartney and Best were met at the airport in Hamburg by Astrid Kirchherr, whose fiancee Stuart Sutcliffe had died of a brain haemorrhage the previous day. The loss was devastating for The Beatles.
The group performed at the Star-Club on Hamburg’s Grosse Freiheit from Friday 13 April to Thursday 31 May, a seven-week, 48-night residency.