This was The Beatles’ second performance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club. As with their debut on 9 February 1961, it was a lunchtime show taking place from 1-2pm.
The Beatles came on at the Cavern and it was a great sound. Not many groups had an electric bass then: we didn’t have one with Bob Evans and the Five Shillings, and Rory Storm had the first bass. The Beatles were raw and vivid and I knew that they would do something. It does all seem to have started at the Cavern. To us as kids, fire regulations meant nothing and it didn’t matter that it was a dirty, stinking sweaty place.
The Cavern, Spencer Leigh
21 February was also the first day in which The Beatles performed three concerts. In the evening they played at Liverpool’s Cassanova Club and the Litherland Town Hall.
The precise number of The Beatles’ Cavern performances is not known, although they played at least 155 lunchtime and 125 evening shows between 9 February 1961 and 3 August 1963.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Ringo Starr live: Hard Rock Hotel, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- 2010: EMI: Abbey Road is not for sale
- 1975: UK album release: Rock ‘N’ Roll by John Lennon
- 1972: Wings live: Birmingham University
- 1970: Mixing: The Lovely Linda, Momma Miss America, Glasses, Singalong Junk by Paul McCartney
- 1967: Recording, mixing: Fixing A Hole
- 1966: US single release: Nowhere Man
- 1964: Travel: Miami to New York to London
- 1963: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Cassanova Club, Liverpool
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