The Beatles’ diary -- August 1957

August 1957

It was around August time that Pete stopped playing with the band. “I hadn’t wanted to say that I was fed up,” he said. “But my contribution was totally non-musical – I just went to make wisecracks and help carry the gear. I never liked going on stage anyway. It gave me the willies.” So after a show in Toxteth he finally plucked up the guts to tell him straight. “John and I were on the floor, surrounded by our instruments and empty beer bottles. And he was in fine form, making me laugh hysterically at something or other. I plucked up the courage to say I was leaving – I say ‘plucked’ because I thought he’d be upset. But he’d obviously been struggling to tell me he didn’t want me in the group any more. Anyway, he suddenly picked up my washboard and hit me over the head with it. He …

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Wednesday, 7th August

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. But Paul had to miss out on this historic gig because he was otherwise engaged – at scout camp.


 
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