The Beatles’ diary -- 27th December 1960

Tuesday, 27th December 1960

UK singles chart
  1. It’s Now Or Never – Elvis Presley
  2. I Love You – Cliff Richard
  3. Save The Last Dance For Me – The Drifters
  4. Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) – Adam Faith
  5. Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson
UK albums chart
  1. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  2. G.I. Blues – Elvis Presley
  3. Hi-Fi Companion Album – Ray Conniff
  4. The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Minstrels
  5. Me And My Shadows – Cliff Richard & The Shadows

Performance at the Town Hall Ballroom in Litherland, Liverpool.

Beatlemania was born! Their first ‘big’ gig back was at the Litherland Town Hall, and “it was an amazing night,” said Wooler. “When I heard them, I was fab-ergasted. Other groups were playing what was in the charts – they felt reassured that way. But the Beatles liked obscure R&B stuff. They were only on the stage for 30 minutes, but they put everything into that performance and rocked the joint.” Johnny Hutchinson remembered: “Most of the bands were playing very controlled, rhythmic bass drum patterns, but Bestie was playing straight fours. It was thump, thump, thump all the time, which was really unusual at the time… It was though they’d gone to Hamburg as an old banger and come back a Rolls-Royce.” “They were stomping like hell and people were going mad,” said Wooler. “They …

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