The Beatles’ diary -- 3rd August 1963

Saturday, 3rd August 1963

UK singles chart
  1. Devil In Disguise – Elvis Presley
  2. Confessin’ – Frank Ifield
  3. Sweets For My Sweet – The Searchers
  4. Twist And Shout – Brian Poole & The Tremeloes
  5. Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals
UK albums chart
  1. Please Please Me – The Beatles
  2. Greatest Hits – The Shadows
  3. Cliff’s Hit Album – Cliff Richard
  4. It Happened At The World’s Fair – Elvis Presley
  5. Reminiscing – Buddy Holly

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Their last-ever appearance at The Cavern Club after 274 shows. It sold out within half an hour. Ray McFall remembered: “I expected that we would eventually lose them, and Brian would have come to the same conclusion. He didn’t want them to be playing this kind of venue anymore. But the combined smell of the snack bar, cigarettes, body odour, the cleaner’s detergent fluid and urine from the toilets was pretty atmospheric. The place was steaming. The humidity was so great that the lights blew. While The Beatles were talking to the girls on the front row I had to do a quick job on the fuse, but after I’d fixed it and was flicking the switch it went again: there was a blue flash and I copped it on my left hand. That burned hand was my memento of The Beatles last performance! It was a …

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