The Beatles’ diary -- 30th September 1961

Saturday, 30th September 1961

UK singles chart
  1. Johnny Remember Me – John Leyton
  2. Reach For The Stars / Climb Ev’ry Mountain – Shirley Bassey
  3. You Don’t Know – Helen Shapiro
  4. Kon-Tiki – The Shadows
  5. Wild In The Country / I Feel So Bad – Elvis Presley
UK albums chart
  1. The Shadows – The Shadows
  2. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  3. The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Minstrels
  4. Best Of Barber And Bilk Vol. 1 – Chris Barber & Acker Bilk
  5. G.I. Blues – Elvis Presley

John and Paul hitchhiked to Paris for a two-week holiday. One of Stu’s letter’s had mentioned that Jurgen Vollmer (one of Astrid’s pals) would be in France for the weekend, so they blew John’s birthday money on a jaunt to gay Paris. “The only French we knew was ‘Avez-vous une hotel pour la nuit?’ and ‘Avez-vous un chambre?’,” said Paul. “So we ended up in Montmartre and by that time it was getting late. Some rather friendly prostitutes kindly took pity on us. They were the only people out. So we say, ‘Avez-vous une hotel pour la nuit?’ We thought our luck had really changed, we thought, Wow, this is a prostitute, there may be all sorts of bonuses thrown in here, but in fact it was un chambre pour la nuit where the two of us just slept, awaiting great pleasures that didn’t …

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