NEMS record shop on Great Charlotte Street, Liverpool, 1961. Scanned from “The McCartneys: In the Town Where They Were Born” by Kevin Roach.
Paul: “Extracts from a letter I drafted to the German police in 1961, found in the back of an old school exercise book of mine. I sent the final version and eventually we were allowed to go back to Hamburg.”
Scanned from the Anthology. In case it’s hard to read:
On 1:30 approx on Saturday morning the entire group gave notice to H.K. He was annoyed but when we refused to
pay us our fare to England sign an agreement stating that we would not play in Hamburg in December, and then he refused to give us our fare to England, which we would have used in 2 wks time. Our interview with K. ended when he said he would refused to talk any more and told us to leave his office. We were not angry and we left thinking only of our new job at the Top Ten Club. We then went to eat, and then returned to our rooms in the Bambi Kino, owned by K.
Whilst packing my belongings I found a box of damp matches. I went out into the dark, bare corridor and
lit began to test some matches there. I was followed by Best, who took some of my matches and lit them. We noticed a piece of cord nailed to the wall, and somehow the dry old cording and the matches suggested the burning of the cording.
We burnt it in several places (5? or 6?) and then seeing the smoke around us, we realised that we had gone too far, and extinguished the small flames
with a brush immediately. When we were certain that the fire was completely out, we went to bed and woke around 4 o’clock and slept.
We both swear that we had no intention whatsoever of burning the cinema or of
damaging any maliciously damaging K’s property. The whole incident had no motive to prompt it, in fact. There was no reason at all behind for the burning. It was just a stupid trick which we feel we ought to have been punished for in a far less drastic manner.
Neither of us drink alcohol, and so we were not under the influence of drink. We committed the offence but failed to think that it could [page ends.]
Paul at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, 8 December 1961. Scan from “The Beatles: Then There Was Music” by Tim Hill
The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, 8 December 1961. Scan from Beatles Book Monthly No. 371.
Rory Storm announcing Starr Time at the Jive Hive (aka St Luke’s Hall) in Crosby, October 1961. Scan from 16 Magazine, Feb 1965.
I know it’s not Beatles but I wanted to put this here anyway. It’s Cilla Black at the Cavern Club in Liverpool (in 1961?)
Ringo and George at the Tower Ballroom, Autumn 1961. Ringo hadn’t joined the Beatles yet, he was still drumming for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes who were on the same bill as the Beatles that night. Scan from 16 Magazine, Feb 1965.
Ringo joins the dancers at a Rory Storm and the Hurricanes concert at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, November 1961. Scan from 16 Magazine, Feb 1965.
More pictures of the Beatles’ gig at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, 9 December 1961.
Scan from 16 Magazine, Feb 1965.
More pictures of the Beatles’ gig at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, 9 December 1961. Sam Leach still looks remarkably happy considering only a handful of people showed up.
Scan from 16 Magazine, Feb 1965.
At the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, 9 December 1961. Only eighteen people showed up that night. It was a Saturday night one-shot dance and Sam Leach, the promoter, had failed to advertise it. Scan from 16 Magazine, Feb 1965.
The Beatles at the Cavern with their fans at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, November 1961. Photo by Dick Mathews. I’ve got a fuller version which also includes Rory Storm here. Scan from 16 Magazine, Feb 1965.