This was the 50th 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...
- 2014: Paul McCartney cancels remainder of Japanese tour dates
- 1970: UK première of Let It Be
- 1967: The BBC bans A Day In The Life
- 1966: Mixing, editing: And Your Bird Can Sing, Doctor Robert, I’m Only Sleeping
- 1966: Filming: Paperback Writer, Rain
- 1963: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Southampton
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: Town Hall, Alloa, Scotland
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