The Beatles’ diary -- January 1962

January 1962

Sometime in January (date unknown) Peter Eckhorn came over to England to get the Beatles back to Hamburg. But, much to his horror, he found that he now had Brian to contend with! “Brian wanted a lot more money than I was offering,” he said miserably. “So I tried Gerry and the Pacemakers instead, but I couldn’t get them either.” The only person he could get was a scruffy drummer called Ringo, who already had a job with Rory Storm And The Hurricanes. But he couldn’t resist Peter’s money, so he quit his seat and started backing Tony at The Top Ten. The Beatles, meanwhile, had been seduced into playing at the brand-new Star-Club which was being run by their old mate Horst Fascher. This meant that they had to abandon plans to fly over in February, and rescheduled it for April …

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Monday, 1st January

The Decca audition. The Beatles whipped through their short little set in just under an hour, and were quickly ushered out to make way for Brian Poole and the Tremeloes. They left the audition feeling pretty confident that they had made a good impression.

Wednesday, 3rd January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Thursday, 4th January

‘Mersey Beat’ voted the Beatles ‘Most popular group’. In second place was Gerry and the Pacemakers, followed by the Remo Four, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and Kingsize Taylor.

Friday, 5th January

‘My Bonnie’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. My Bonnie Peak position: Record Retailer – #48

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Brian persuaded German Polydor to release the ‘My Bonnie / The Saints’ single in the UK. And he also asked them to amend the sleeve to ‘Beatles’, because up until now it read ‘Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers’. (‘Beatles’ was scrubbed in the Fatherland because it sounded too much like ‘peedles’ – the German slang for small willy.)

Saturday, 6th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Sunday, 7th January

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

Tuesday, 9th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Wednesday, 10th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Thursday, 11th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Friday, 12th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

They played another show at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey (23:30) later in the day.

Saturday, 13th January

Performance at the Hambleton Hall in Huyton, Liverpool.

Sunday, 14th January

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

Monday, 15th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Wednesday, 17th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Friday, 19th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

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

Saturday, 20th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Sunday, 21st January

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

Monday, 22nd January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

They played another show at the Kingsway Club in Southport later in the day.

Wednesday, 24th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

The Beatles exchanged contracts with Brian. He took 25% of their earnings (before expenses), and the rest was split between them. This meant that Brian always earned considerably more than each individual Beatle – and this was in the days when a normal agent’s take was only 10%. (Although, to be fair to Brian, his split wasn’t ‘that’ high – because he acted as their manager and their agent – when most groups had one of each. And Elvis used to split his winnings 50/50 with Colonel Tom Parker.)

Friday, 26th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

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

Saturday, 27th January

Performance at the Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool.

Sunday, 28th January

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

Monday, 29th January

Performance at the Kingsway Club in Southport.

Tuesday, 30th January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Wednesday, 31st January

Performance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.


 
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