This was the 45th night of The Beatles’ lengthiest residency in Hamburg, during which they played a total of 92 nights at the Top Ten Club.
The club was owned by Peter Eckhorn, who paid each of The Beatles 35DM (£3) per day. They were required to play from 7pm until 2am each weekday, and from 8pm until 4am on weekends, with a 15-minute break in each hour.
The performances at the Top Ten were so successful that Eckhorn twice extended The Beatles’ contract. They eventually left Germany following their final show at the club on 1 July 1961, having performed on stage for 503 hours during their stay.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Syco Entertainment to co-produce Brian Epstein biopic The Fifth Beatle
- 2011: Handwritten lyrics for Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds sell for $200,000
- 1969: Radio: Paul McCartney is interviewed for BBC Radio Merseyside’s Light And Local
- 1967: Paul McCartney meets Linda Eastman
- 1963: Live: Royalty Theatre, Chester
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: Iron Door Club, Liverpool
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