The Beatles’ diary -- 6th July 1961

Thursday, 6th July 1961

UK singles chart
  1. Runaway – Del Shannon
  2. Surrender – Elvis Presley
  3. Hello Mary Lou / Travelin’ Man – Ricky Nelson
  4. Pasadena – Temperance Seven
  5. Temptation – The Everly Brothers
UK albums chart
  1. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  2. G.I. Blues – Elvis Presley
  3. The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Minstrels
  4. Best Of Barber And Bilk Vol. 1 – Chris Barber & Acker Bilk
  5. Listen To Cliff – Cliff Richard

The first-ever issue of Mersey Beat came out. It was run by John’s old flatmate, Bill Harry, in an office above the wine-merchants at 81 Renshaw Street. He used to run out of college in his lunch-break and sprint up the hill and type it with his other-half, Virginia.

Naturally enough, being old flatmate pals, plenty of space was given to John’s band the Beatles. “When I was preparing it,” he said, “I remembered John’s poetry and decided to ask him to write for the paper, beginning with a biography of the Beatles. I met him at the Jacaranda and he shoved two pieces of paper torn from an exercise book into my hands. He seemed embarrassed by the piece. It was like no other biography of a band and I told him I’d be pleased to print it, which cheered him up no end.” John also provided …

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