Following their lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, The Beatles travelled to St Helens for their first of five performances at the Plaza Ballroom.
The Plaza was run by Whetstone Entertainment, which also controlled two other ballrooms in the area: Orrell Park in Liverpool and the Riverpark in Chester. It also ran 13 bingo halls in the north west of England.
The Beatles were paid £25 for this appearance. For their final performance at the Plaza, less than a year later on 4 March 1963, they were paid £100.
Also on this day...
- 2015: Paul McCartney live at Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, South Carolina
- 2014: Ringo Starr live at Turning Stone Casino, Verona, New York
- 2013: Paul McCartney live at Arena di Verona, Verona, Italy
- 1968: Mixing, editing: Revolution 1, Revolution 9
- 1968: George Harrison produces Jackie Lomax’s Sour Milk Sea
- 1968: Paul McCartney flies from New York to London
- 1967: The Beatles on Our World: All You Need Is Love
- 1966: Live: Grugahalle, Essen, Germany
- 1964: Live: Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand
- 1963: Live: Astoria Ballroom, Middlesbrough
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
- 1960: Live: Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey
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