October 1962

Live: Rialto Ballroom, Liverpool

This was the second of two performances by The Beatles at the Rialto Ballroom, which stood on Upper Parliament Street in Toxteth, Liverpool.

Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)

The Beatles’ 108th evening show at the Cavern Club took place on this date. It was also the 41st occasion on which they performed both lunchtime and evening shows at the venue.

Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)

The Beatles gave their 139th lunchtime performance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club on this day. It was also the 41st occasion on which they performed both lunchtime and evening shows at the venue.

The Beatles promote Love Me Do in London

The Beatles’ debut UK single, Love Me Do, had been issued on 5 October 1962. Four days later they had no publicity or live engagements, but chose to visit London journalists.

Radio: The Friday Spectacular

This was The Beatles’ first appearance on Radio Luxembourg, one of the earliest commercial radio stations broadcasting to the United Kingdom, and an important source of rock ‘n’ roll music for many teenagers in the early 1960s.

Live: Hulme Hall, Birkenhead

The Beatles played four shows at Hulme Hall on Bolton Road in Port Sunlight, Birkenhead. This was the third date, and was promoted by the local Horticultural Society.

Live: Co-operative Hall, Nuneaton

On the day that their debut EMI single Love Me Do was released, The Beatles performed at the ballroom of the Co-operative Hall in Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

UK single release: Love Me Do

The Beatles’ debut single was released on 5 October 1962. It reached number 17 in the charts, which was a strong showing for a band’s first release.