The Beatles’ diary -- August 1960

August 1960

A pivotal month in Beatles history. Williams had recently seen his Jacaranda band, The Royal Caribbean Steel Band, disappear off the face of the planet, shortly before receiving a letter from Germany extolling the virtues of some drizzly German port. Apparently they had been lured away by a theatrical agent to play at his club in Hamburg. Sometime later Williams got chatting to a German sailor who told him all about the Reeperbahn. So he went and spoke to Bruno Koschmeider at the Kaiserkeller, and tried to interest him in some British talent. “I kidded him that all the best bands came from Liverpool,” he said. But when Koschmeider came over to see them, he wound up at the Two I’s in London, and signed up Tony Sheridan instead.

Williams thought nothing more of it, until one day in …

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Friday, 12th August

Williams told the Beetles that he might be able to get them a gig in Hamburg, but they had to find another drummer first. So they wandered over to The Casbah to watch the Blackjacks with old band-mate Ken Brown and Pete Best on drums.

Tuesday, 16th August

The Beatles at the Arnham War MemorialAt the Arnham War Memorial – 16 Aug ’60

The group, now called The Beatles, set off to Hamburg with a motley crew of men and women. Kindly-uncle Koschmeider put them up for the first night, but when the sun came up next morning he showed them where they were really going to live...

Wednesday, 17th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Their first show at The Indra. They got paid two quid fifty a day and had to play three times a night, but one benefit of such a gruelling slog was that they had to draft in George to sing some of the songs, so they now had three accomplished singers instead of two.

Thursday, 18th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Friday, 19th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Saturday, 20th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Sunday, 21st August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Monday, 22nd August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Tuesday, 23rd August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Wednesday, 24th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Thursday, 25th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Friday, 26th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Saturday, 27th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Sunday, 28th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Monday, 29th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Tuesday, 30th August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.

Wednesday, 31st August

Performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg, West Germany, as part of their Indra residency.


 
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