The Beatles’ diary -- December 1961

December 1961

Friday, 1st December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

They played another show at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey later in the day, attended by 2,000 people.

Saturday, 2nd December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Sunday, 3rd December

Performance at the Casbah Coffee Club in West Derby, Liverpool.

Brian invited the Beatles round to his office to discuss a possible management deal. This was the first time that they had ever been involved in something serious like this so they brought Bob Wooler along for moral support.

Tuesday, 5th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Wednesday, 6th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Friday, 8th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

They played another show at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey later in the day.

Brian started firing off letters to all and sundry, and offered EMI first refusal on the Beatles. But it took a lot of time and follow-up calls before he even got a reply, and he soon discovered that he wasn’t nearly as important down in London as he was up in Liverpool.

Saturday, 9th December

Performance at the Blue Gardenia Club in Soho, London.

They played another show at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot later in the day.

The Beatles played a gig in Aldershot and only eighteen people turned up. Sam Leach said: “I’d meant to put an ad in the paper but it hadn’t got out. Maybe I forgot. We went round all the local cafes, telling people, ‘Hey, there’s a dance on up the road.’ We said that we’d let them in for nothing if they came.” The Beatles were so depressed they ended up playing football with some Bingo balls on the floor, and got kicked out by the police! It was this near-disaster that persuaded them that they needed a full-time manager.

Sunday, 10th December

Performance at the Hambleton Hall in Huyton, Liverpool.

The Beatles gathered at The Casbah and formally agreed that Brian could act as their manager, and he immediately set about changing their stage-act. They stopped arguing about which songs to play, and always played the songs through to the finish. And they also started sticking to short one-hour sets with as broad an appeal as possible.

Monday, 11th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Wednesday, 13th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Brian had been busy writing to all the trade papers and record review columns, trying to solicit a mention for the Beatles. One of the very first one’s he tried was Tony Barrow at the ‘Liverpool Evening Echo’, and it turned out that Tony was the same guy who wrote the sleeve notes at Decca.

Friday, 15th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

They played another show at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey later in the day.

Saturday, 16th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Sunday, 17th December

Performance at the Casbah Coffee Club in West Derby, Liverpool.

The Beatles first professional photo session, with the Liverpool photographer Albert Marrion. (Brian wanted some pics so he could send them out to all the record execs.) Of the 268 photos that were taken that day, it is believed that only 16 remain. Marrion has suggested that he chucked the rest away because the Beatles ruined them with dubious gestures!

Monday, 18th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Tuesday, 19th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Wednesday, 20th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Thursday, 21st December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Saturday, 23rd December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Tuesday, 26th December

Performance at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey.

Wednesday, 27th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Friday, 29th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Saturday, 30th December

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Sunday, 31st December

The Beatles travelled down to London for the Decca audition. “I hired a bigger van especially,” said Neil. “I’d never been anywhere near London before, and it took ten hours and we got lost in the snow somewhere near Wolverhampton.”


 
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