The Beatles’ diary -- 16th January 1957

Wednesday, 16th January 1957

UK singles chart
  1. Singing The Blues – Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
  2. Singing The Blues – Guy Mitchell
  3. St Therese Of The Roses – Malcolm Vaughan
  4. The Green Door – Frankie Vaughan
  5. Just Walkin’ In The Rain – Johnnie Ray
UK albums chart
  1. The King And I – Original Soundtrack
  2. High Society – Original Soundtrack
  3. Showcase – Lonnie Donegan
  4. Carousel – Original Soundtrack
  5. Oklahoma! – Original Soundtrack

The Cavern Club opened for business. A local jazz promoter called Alan Synter had fallen in love with a place called ‘Le Caveau’ in Paris, and thought about bringing a bit of the bohemian lifestyle back to Blighty. “Mathew Street looked like a little narrow street in the Latin Quarter,” he said, “so I felt like I was bringing the Left Bank to Liverpool! An estate agent told me he knew of an old cellar which was full of arches and derelict, so I got the keys and went down a rickety ladder with a flashlight…”

When his eyes became accustomed to the light, what he saw was a million miles from what it would eventually become… “It had been reinforced to make an air-raid shelter, and the brick reinforcements had to be removed with a sledgehammer as we couldn’t get a pneumatic drill in. …

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