The Beatles’ diary -- 9th February 1961

Thursday, 9th February 1961

UK singles chart
  1. Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Elvis Presley
  2. Pepe – Duane Eddy
  3. Poetry In Motion – Johnny Tillotson
  4. Sailor – Petula Clark
  5. Portrait Of My Love – Matt Monro
UK albums chart
  1. G.I. Blues – Elvis Presley
  2. South Pacific – Original Soundtrack
  3. The Black And White Minstrel Show – The George Mitchell Minstrels
  4. Me And My Shadows – Cliff Richard & The Shadows
  5. Nice ’n’ Easy – Frank Sinatra

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Their first gig at The Cavern Club as ‘The Beatles’. Bob Wooler had recently bagged a job as the DJ after climbing up on stage one night and saying, ‘Remember all you cave-dwellers, the Cavern is the best of cellars.’ “I did it just as the people were going out,” he said. “‘Remember all you cave-dwellers, the Cavern is the best of cellars.’ I’d prepared that pun on Peter Seller’s album ‘The Best Of Sellers’. Ray McFall came across and I thought I was going to get a lecture; but instead he offered me the job of compering the lunch-time sessions.” As soon as he had a shoe-in, he urged Ray to book the Beatles.

Les Braid, of The Swinging Blue Jeans, remembers their opening show: “The first time they played there was on our guest night, which I think was on Tuesdays. We’d have all the …

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