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The Beatles live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)

On this day The Beatles’ 100th evening show at the Cavern Club took place. They topped a bill which also included Freddie and the Dreamers, Vic and the Spidermen, Group One, and Simone Jackson.

In addition to performing their own set, The Beatles were the backing group for Simone Jackson, a 16-year-old singer.

Nearly all the groups played their own instruments, but the Chants needed instrumental backing. The Beatles sometimes backed them, although Brian Epstein was not happy about that. I also recall The Beatles backing a new girl from Manchester, Simone Jackson, who was with Kennedy Street Enterprises, but this was Brian’s doing as he had done some deal to give her expenses.
Bob Wooler, Cavern Club DJ
The Cavern, Spencer Leigh

During this show, Manchester group Freddie and the Dreamers heard The Beatles’ performance of James Ray’s If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody. Impressed with their arrangement, the Dreamers took it and made it part of their own live set.

Overall this was The Beatles’ 231st appearance at the underground Mathew Street venue, including their lunchtime shows.

The precise number of the group’s Cavern performances is not known, although they played at least 155 lunchtime and 125 evening shows between 9 February 1961 and 3 August 1963.

Last updated: 25 January 2024
Recording: PS I Love You, Love Me Do, Please Please Me
The Beatles live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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