Beatles live Cavern Club recording found in desk drawer after 50 years

A recording of The Beatles performing at Liverpool’s Cavern Club in 1962 has been found after 50 years in a desk drawer.

The tape features the group performing ‘Some Other Guy’ on 5 September 1962.

It was recorded after The Beatles were filmed by a crew from Granada TV’s Know The North, on 22 August 1962. The sound quality from the footage was deemed to be of poor quality, so sound technician Gordon Butler was sent back to the venue to make a better-quality recording to be dubbed over the film.

Butler used three microphones rather than one. He made an hour-long recording of The Beatles, of which performances of Some Other Guy and ‘Kansas City/Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!’ have survived. An audio fragment of Kansas City appeared in the Anthology series, although was partially obscured by interview speech.

Butler made five acetate discs of the two songs, one of which was sold at Christie’s auction house in August 1993. It was bought for £16,000 by Apple Records, the company set up by The Beatles in 1968.

The sound engineer ran me off an acetate of Some Other Guy and Kansas City, and he gave another to Ray McFall and a couple to Brian Epstein. I kept mine in my box of records and I should have been more careful. When The Beatles became famous, the record disappeared. In 1993, a copy turned up at Christie’s and was sold for £15,000. I don’t know if it was my copy and anyway, I couldn’t prove it if it was.
Bob Wooler
The Cavern, Spencer Leigh

Epstein also had a small number of acetates made of one of the Some Other Guy recordings, which he distributed through his NEMS store.

The reel-to-reel tape was discovered in a desk drawer by TV producer Johnny Hamp, who will auction it for charity on 4 November in Liverpool. It will be sold by auctioneer Adam Partridge.

Tape containing Some Other Guy recorded at the Cavern Club, 5 September 1962

Photo: Johnnie Hamp

Last updated: 2 October 2015
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