The Beatles headlined an eight-hour Rhythm And Blues Marathon at the Cavern Club on Good Friday, 12 April 1963.
The event began at 4pm and finished at midnight. The other acts on the bill were The Fourmost, The Dennisons, The Nomads, The Panthers, The Flintstones, The Roadrunners, Group One, and Faron’s Flamingoes.
You had to wait about five hours before you went on stage but I didn’t mind as I was watching my idol, John Lennon. Steve McLaren and I got the idea for a song that night and that was our first single, (Come On) Be My Girl.
The Cavern, Spencer Leigh
— The Cavern Club (@cavernliverpool) April 12, 2018
This was The Beatles’ penultimate appearance at the Cavern Club. Their last was on 3 August 1963.
Although the precise number of their Cavern performances is not known, The Beatles played at least 155 lunchtime and 125 evening shows.
Also on this day...
- 1968: John Lennon and George Harrison leave Rishikesh
- 1967: Paul McCartney returns to England from America
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1962: George Harrison and Brian Epstein fly to Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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