The Beatles’ diary -- 7th August 1957

Wednesday, 7th August 1957

UK singles chart
  1. All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
  2. We Will Make Love – Russ Hamilton
  3. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley
  4. Gamblin’ Man / Putting On The Style – Lonnie Donegan
  5. Little Darlin’ – Diamonds
UK albums chart
  1. The Tommy Steele Story – Original Soundtrack
  2. The King And I – Original Soundtrack
  3. Frankie – Frank Sinatra
  4. Oklahoma! – Original Soundtrack
  5. Love Is The Thing – Nat King Cole

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

The Quarrymen’s debut at the Cavern Club came about because Nigel Whalley had become friendly with Alan Synter’s dad at the golf club where he worked. But it was just a dumpy old warehouse in Mathew Street – nothing special in those days. The entrance was by seventeen stone steps leading down to three barrel-vaulted cellars, the center one of which contained a small stage and wooden seats. It had one toilet, no tables, no curtains, no carpet, and you weren’t even allowed to drink alcohol because it didn’t have a licence. Alan Synter recalled: “I wasn’t anti-booze but my heart wasn’t in it – I didn’t think that I could meet the requirements for a liquor licence. I was going to get a lot of young people in the place and so it wasn’t a good idea to have booze there.”

The club’s …

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