The Beatles’ diary -- 1st December 1960

Thursday, 1st December 1960

UK singles chart
  1. It’s Now Or Never – Elvis Presley
  2. As Long As He Needs Me – Shirley Bassey
  3. My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own – Connie Francis
  4. Rocking Goose – Johnny & The Hurricanes
  5. Dreamin’ – Johnny Burnette
UK albums chart
  1. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  2. Me And My Shadows – Cliff Richard & The Shadows
  3. The Button Down Mind Of Bob Newhart – Bob Newhart
  4. Elvis Is Back – Elvis Presley
  5. Swing Easy – Frank Sinatra

Allan Williams opened his very own Hamburg-style club at 100 Soho Street, and called it after the Top Ten. He even convinced Bob Wooler to pack in his job at the railway and become a full-time compere and disc-jockey. But one week later the club was burned down to the ground and rumours went round of teddy boys flicking matches at the petrol cans. Roy Barber said: “Allan threw out some teddy boys who were causing trouble. The next week the place burned down.” Derry and the Seniors had all their equipment incinerated and Williams only got a grand insurance, because he didn’t have proper cover sorted out.

In Spencer Leigh’s book ‘The Best Of Fellas’, Bob Wooler describes the scene: “My friends couldn’t believe that I would pack in my job for the precarious job of disc-jockeying. I …

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