Tomorrow it will be sixty years ago, on February 9th, 1961, the Beatles played their debut show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. The Beatles’ music had earned them a strong following in the gritty nightclubs of Hamburg, Germany, but the band had a difficult time getting booked at the popular basement club in their own hometown.
John Lennon’s original skiffle band, The Quarrymen, played a few times at the Cavern in 1957, but in those early years, the Cavern Club, being a (trad) jazz club, maintained a strict “No Rock’n’Roll” policy, and when Lennon once played some Elvis songs as a Quarryman, Lennon was told by the Club management to stop playing rock music. However, by May 25, 1960, the policy had changed in the face of rock’n’roll’s increasing popularity, and weekly rock shows were allowed. The first group being Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, with later Beatle Ringo Starr on the drums. This gave Lennon and his new band, the Beatles, an opportunity. The February 9, 1961 show, which ran from noon to around 2 PM, began a long string of Beatles Cavern Club 292 performances.
P.S. De originele Cavern is helaas met de grond gelijk gemaakt en er is dus niks meer van terug te vinden. De Cavern waarin ik hieronder poseer, is een recent opgetrokken replica min of meer op de plaats waar de originele Cavern ooit was gevestigd.