This was the 85th 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: Ringo Starr live at Artpark Amphitheater, Lewiston, New York
- 2010: Ringo Starr begins 2010 summer tour of US and Canada
- 1968: Paul McCartney sails to Santa Catalina Island, California
- 1968: George Harrison produces Jackie Lomax’s Sour Milk Sea
- 1967: Recording: All You Need Is Love
- 1966: Live: Circus-Krone-Bau, Munich, Germany
- 1965: Live: Velodromo Vigorelli, Milan, Italy
- 1965: John Lennon’s A Spaniard In The Works is published
- 1964: Live: Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand
- 1963: Radio: Saturday Club
- 1962: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Recording: Ain’t She Sweet, Take Out Some Insurance On Me, Baby, Nobody’s Child
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