The Beatles’ diary -- 20th May 1960

Friday, 20th May 1960

UK singles chart
  1. Cathy’s Clown – The Everly Brothers
  2. Do You Mind? – Anthony Newley
  3. Someone Else’s Baby – Adam Faith
  4. Handy Man – Jimmy Jones
  5. Sweet Nothin’s – Brenda Lee
UK albums chart
  1. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  2. Flower Drum Song – Original Broadway Cast
  3. This Is Hancock – Tony Hancock
  4. The Twang’s The Thang – Duane Eddy
  5. Follow That Girl – Original London Cast

Performance at the Town Hall in Marshill, Alloa, Scotland, as part of their Johnny Gentle Tour.

Before they could set off on the Johnny Gentle Tour, Paul had to somehow convince his dad that he had two weeks off school, whilst John and Stuart just bunked off college (John never went back). But this was the big time, and a slapped backside was worth it. They even gave themselves some dumb sounding stage-names: Paul became ‘Paul Ramon’, Stuart became the mystical ‘Stuart de Stael’ and George re-christianed himself Carl (after his hero, Carl Perkins). But unfortunately their dreams of super stardom hit the buffers pretty quick, because it was a total disaster from start to finish.

“At first I wondered what on earth Larry Parnes had sent me,” said gentle Johnny. “They arrived in jeans and sweaters and were the roughest bunch of lads I had seen in my life. John and Stuart were …

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