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Visiting Liverpool: Beatles places
28 February 2015
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Found another important landmark to see.

The Blue Plaque at Phillips Sound Recording Services. 38 Kensington, Liverpool L7

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On a semi-related note: It is interesting that Percy Phillps was in Liverpool recording The Quarrymen and Sam Phillips (founder and owner of Sun Studios) was in Memphis recording Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Roy Orbison.

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Here's a quick story.

My parents had a shop a few blocks down from Percy's studio, and between them was Edward's record shop. Being a kid, I could afford a lot of singles, plus the occasional album. I'd find a lot of stuff that fuelled my Beatle obsession, Let It Be was my first album purchase from here. Anyhow, one day I picked up a copy of From Me To You which came inside a cardboard sleeve from Percy Phillip's studio. Of course I didn't realise the significance of the cover, and scrawled the title of the single on it (it had already been defaced anyhow).

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28 February 2015
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That's awesome, Oyster Black Pearl. Nice little item to own.

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Perhaps these aren't the most conventional Beatles places to visit when touring Liverpool, but I want to see them.

1. Brian Epstine's grave in Kirkdale Cemetery.

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This site seems to indicate that the cemetery is only open on Sundays (listed as being open 24 hours - perhaps from sundown on Saturday to sundown on Sunday).

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2. Stuart Sutcliffe's grave in Huyton Parish Church Cemetery on Blue Bell Lane
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Oyster Black Pearl said
Here's a quick story.

My parents had a shop a few blocks down from Percy's studio, and between them was Edward's record shop. Being a kid, I could afford a lot of singles, plus the occasional album. I'd find a lot of stuff that fuelled my Beatle obsession, Let It Be was my first album purchase from here. Anyhow, one day I picked up a copy of From Me To You which came inside a cardboard sleeve from Percy Phillip's studio. Of course I didn't realise the significance of the cover, and scrawled the title of the single on it (it had already been defaced anyhow).

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Defaced or not, that's a keeper. Very cool.

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Ahhh Girl said
Perhaps these aren't the most conventional Beatles places to visit when touring Liverpool, but I want to see them.

1. Brian Epstine's grave in Kirkdale Cemetery.

The Google street view car went by when the gate was open.
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My Great-Grandparents are buried in Kirkdale Cemetery. A bit of useless info, but there you go!

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Hi all!

I posted some info in the introductions topic and was asked to post here.

I recently visited Liverpool and London and have several related posts on my travel blog.

Here is a link if you are interested!

This is such a great site!

 

http://seniortechandtravel.com/

 

Len

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Me yesterday. Unfortunately, Macca was out

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Did you call ahead to let him know you were coming? Damn rude if he knew you were. 

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Did you call ahead to let him know you were coming? Damn rude if he knew you were. 

He said "Drop in anytime you're passing" Just my bad luck I suppose.

Still, that's one off the bucket list crossed off

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Me yesterday. Unfortunately, Macca was out

Did you do the inside tour with the National Trust?

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Me yesterday. Unfortunately, Macca was out

Did you do the inside tour with the National Trust?

Not this time - I really was on a whistle stop tour and had to fit in Anfield, Mathew St, Museum of Liverpool and Jump on the Ferry. All in 6 hours.

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From The Examiner. Seemed to be an appropriate place for this:

Author Judith Kristen, author of “A Date With a Beatle,” said March 4 it's important that the Penny Lane Wonder Wall in Liverpool be saved from demolition. The site, at the Grove Mount Playing Fields, was formally the home to Liverpool School Boys Football Association. In 1998, the Liverpool City Council decided to sell it for housing. The wall there is filled with pictures and decorations for love of the Beatles and the site itself holds music and cultural events.

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From the Examiner:

New website: Dave Fergy of the great Liverpool Beat website told us today about their new subsite forLathom Hall, where the Beatles played in 1960. The original stage is still there. Fergy also posted a note today that Gerry Marsden recently visited the Hall again.

[x-posted at the news]

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chrisredditch said

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Me yesterday. Unfortunately, Macca was out

Did you do the inside tour with the National Trust?

Not this time - I really was on a whistle stop tour and had to fit in Anfield, Mathew St, Museum of Liverpool and Jump on the Ferry. All in 6 hours.

One of the most interesting things the tour guide told us was that Mike often brings people to Forthlin Road and shows them round: Paul brings people to show them, and never goes in.

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Sit in this booth and have a drink.

I sat where Paul is in the picture. RN and I had an in depth discussion of D-Day while sitting there looking at the map on my phone. We happened upon that topic because he was showing me where John bought Aunt Mimi a house in Poole.

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Sit in this booth and have a drink.

This booth is in The Grapes on Matthew Street, virtually opposite where The Cavern used to be. It's where John, Paul and George would decamp after a lunchtime session. Unusual to get a picture of Pete with them off stage. I sat roughly where he was, though not looking anywhere near as unhappy to be there as Pete.

Also had a swift half in The Empress pub, which Ringo used on the cover of Sentimental Journey.

Looking forward to doing the same in Ye Cracke, the art school pub, later today.

First thing on arrival in Liverpool was a pint in the Wetherspoons that used to be Blackers, where George was an apprentice electrician.

While is London, we did the first pub they had a drink when in the capitol.

@Ahhh Girl is doing a tour of Beatles sights. Ron Nasty is on pub crawl of Beatles sights!

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@Ron Nasty - you need to go to the White Star on Mathew Street, just down from the Grapes around the right hand bend. The room at the back right-hand side is also where the boys would de-camp when at the Cavern. They have a nice selection of very fine ales by the way!

 

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@Oyster Black Pearl, we are having a sip in the White Star now. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Father McCartney said

To anyone visiting Liverpool on a short stay, I recommend The Beatles' Liverpool, by Ron Jones. It's a handy, pocket-sized tome which proved very useful on my most recent trip, and includes a suggested succinct-yet-inclusive walking tour of the city centre's most important Beatle spots, which should take around two hours. Would be ideal in fact for any Beatle fans on a first-and-brief visit (or indeed any brief visit). My edition is published 2014, so feels current and there are a couple of decent little maps inside either flap. Not fully comprehensive, but not intended to be so - but nevertheless it was useful and interesting.

@Father McCartney, thank you for the book suggestion! It is a fabulous resource! (Ron Nasty may have another adjective for it a-hard-days-night-george-10) I suggest about 6 hours for the walking tour...if you are like me and want to stop and go in to as many of the the places mentioned as you can and not just walk by them. I enjoyed sitting on a rock contemplating #3 Gambier Terrace. Lots of folks were sitting outside on the lawn there so I felt perfectly comfortable haning around for a while.

Elsewhere..

I had tears streaming down my cheeks in the living room of 20 Forthlin Road. I couldn't hold them back. I cried to the point that my nose got stuffy.

Have a car or know someone in the area with a car so you can see the Beatles sites on the Wirral which are mentioned in the book FM recommended.

I enjoyed the Beatles Story exhibit. The audio guide is what really brought it to life. Didn't know that Cynthia's favorite Beatles song was (dang I wanted to write "is"ahdn_paul_01 ) Eleanor Rigby .

The Fab Four Taxi tour was FABULOUS!!!! RN will be telling you some things we learned on the tour...but probably in another thread.

I got a Walrus card :-)

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