This date was The Beatles’ first at Hamburg’s Star-Club, the city’s newest rock ‘n’ roll venue.
John came on stage dressed like a cleaning-woman, doing his cripple act and carrying a long wooden plank. He walked across the stage and knocked over the microphones and some of the drum kit, then he went up and cleaned the microphones. He cleaned under Paul’s armpit, and George’s. The people in the club were laughing – they didn’t know Stuart had died. They didn’t know Stuart. It gave me shivers to watch it, but this is what clowns do, bring humour to tragedy. It was hilarious.
Tune In, Mark Lewisohn
It was The Beatles’ third residency in Hamburg within two years, but wouldn’t be their last; they returned two more times to the Star-Club before the end of 1962.
Also on this day...
- 2016: Paul McCartney live: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California
- 2016: Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina show over anti-LGBT law
- 2012: World première of Paul McCartney’s My Valentine videos
- 1966: Recording, mixing: Love You To, Paperback Writer
- 1965: Recording: Help!
- 1965: Radio: Pop Inn
- 1965: Paul McCartney buys 7 Cavendish Avenue, London
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Television: The 625 Show – The Beatles’ first national TV appearance
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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