The Beatles’ diary -- 16th August 1960

Tuesday, 16th August 1960

UK singles chart
  1. Please Don’t Tease – Cliff Richard
  2. Shakin’ All Over – Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
  3. Apache – The Shadows
  4. Mess Of Blues – Elvis Presley
  5. Good Timin’ – Jimmy Jones
UK albums chart
  1. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  2. Elvis Is Back – Elvis Presley
  3. It’s Everly Time – The Everly Brothers
  4. Flower Drum Song – Original Broadway Cast
  5. The Great Caruso – Mario Lanza
The Beatles at the Arnham War MemorialAt the Arnham War Memorial – 16 Aug ’60

The group, now called The Beatles, set off to Hamburg with a motley crew of men and women. Along for the ride came Allan, his Chinese wife Beryl, his brother-in-law Barry Chang, Lord Woodbine and George Sterner (a representative of Bruno Koschmeider). They got the boat over to Germany and drove the rest of the way, stopping for a famous photo at the Arnhem war memorial. Pete Best described the trip in ‘The Pete Best Story’: “From the start our progress was anything but plain sailing,” he said. “We should have had visas or permits to work in Germany so we were kept hanging around Harwich for some five hours while Allan Williams wrangled with the port authorities. Allan – a man given to brainwaves and with a gift for sidestepping impending disaster – insisted that we were students …

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