The Beatles’ diary -- 17th August 1960

Wednesday, 17th 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

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Their first show at The Indra. They got paid two quid fifty a day and had to play three times a night, to clubs full of pissed-up thugs and local whores. “We often had to play an eight-hour day,” said Paul. “But playing like that, you get to have a lot of tunes, if nothing else.” Their set started at 8:30, where they played a quick hour before coming back at ten till eleven. Then they had a short half-hour break and came on at 11:30 till 12:30, and wrapped up with 1 till 2 – eight days a week. They certainly earned their piddly pay packet.

But one benefit of such a gruelling slog was that they had to draft in George to sing some of the songs, so by the time that they came back to England they had three accomplished singers instead of two. Paul remembered: “The first night we …

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