This was The Beatles’ 18th show at Litherland Town Hall, which had been the scene of their triumphant homecoming performance on 27 December 1960, following their first trip to Hamburg.
The event was promoted by Brian Kelly, who ran Beekay Promotions events in the Liverpool area. Also on the bill were Gerry and the Pacemakers, another top beat group from the city, and Karl Terry and the Cruisers.
During the evening it was suggested that The Beatles and The Pacemakers join together on stage to become The Beatmakers. George Harrison played lead guitar, Paul McCartney was on rhythm guitar, Pete Best and Freddy Marsden both played Best’s drum kit, Les Maguire was on saxophone, Les Chadwick played bass guitar, John Lennon played piano, and Gerry Marsden was on lead guitar and vocals. Karl Terry also joined in on vocals.
They played at the venue on 20 separate occasions between December 1960 and 9 November 1961.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Paul McCartney live: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia
- 2014: Ringo Starr live: Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall, Fort Myers, Florida
- 1999: Album release: I Wanna Be Santa Claus by Ringo Starr
- 1999: US album release: Working Classical by Paul McCartney
- 1968: John and Yoko appear in court on drugs charges
- 1967: Recording: Hello, Goodbye
- 1965: Recording: unused Christmas fan club messages
- 1964: Live: ABC Cinema, Edinburgh
- 1963: Live: Pavilion Gardens Ballroom, Buxton
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Kaiserkeller, Hamburg
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