This Christmas Eve show at the Grosvenor Ballroom in Liscard, Wallasey was booked by The Beatles’ manager Allan Williams on 19 December 1960.
The Beatles had played a Saturday night residency at the ballroom throughout June and July 1960, but it ended due to local residents’ complaints over the violent crowds that used to attend. Promoter Les Dodd was told to cancel rock ‘n’ roll event and host ‘strict tempo’ dances instead.
The Wallasey Corporation, which owned the ballroom, relented for this Christmas show. The Beatles performed on a bill with fellow Liverpool group Derry and the Seniors.
This was the second of four consecutive live shows for which they had Chas Newby as their temporary bass guitarist. Newby was formerly the rhythm guitarist with The Blackjacks.
The Beatles performed at the Grosvenor Ballroom on 14 occasions between June 1960 and September 1961. The other dates were 4, 6, 11, 18 and 25 June; 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 July 1960; 24 February; 10 March; and 15 September 1961.
Also on this day...
- 2015: I want to stream your band: The Beatles’ music made available on streaming services worldwide
- 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono visit Rochester Cathedral
- 1964: Another Beatles Christmas Show begins
- 1963: The Beatles’ Christmas Show begins
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
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