After two busy days in London, The Beatles began the long drive back to Liverpool on the morning of 23 January 1963.
They arrived back just in time for their evening performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. However, the journey wasn’t without incident. The windscreen of their van shattered and driver Mal Evans was forced to continue driving in bitterly cold temperatures.
I do remember one incident: going up the motorway when the windscreen got knocked out by a pebble. Our great road manager Mal Evans was driving and he just put his hat backwards on his hand, punched the windscreen out completely, and drove on. This was winter in Britain and there was freezing fog and Mal was having to look out for the kerb all the way up to Liverpool.
When they eventually arrived at the Cavern The Beatles played on a bill with The Fourmost, Ken Dallas and the Silhouettes, and Freddie Starr and the Midnighters.
This was The Beatles’ 273rd appearance at the Cavern, and their 121st evening performance.
Also on this day...
- 1984: UK album release: Milk And Honey by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
- 1969: Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 14
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
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