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Beatles stages 1959 PDF Print E-mail

1 January 1959. "The Quarry Men" play at Wilson Hall in Garston. Colin Hanton left the group soon afterwards. From now on The Quarry Men will start to suffer chronically from the absence of a regular drummer.

24 January 1959. Woolton Village Club, Liverpool.

29 August 1959, Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool. The ceremonial opening in the cellar at the home of Mona Best - the mother of the future Beatles' drummer, Pete Best - of a coffee club with a dance hall and the first of many subsequent performances here by The Quarry men (they are sometimes called The Rainbows here).

A little later on, influenced by The Quarry Men and the general musical fever seizing Liverpool, Pete Best forms the group The Blackjacks, in which he plays the drums. And Ken Brown plays as drummer with The Quarry Men at the Casbah, albeit very briefly.

September-October 1959. Casbah, West Derby, Liverpool. The Quarry Men played at the Casbah on 5, 12, 19 and 26 September and 3 and 10 October 1959 - every Saturday. By the way, the group was obliged to get rid of Ken Brown because other members of the group had ganged up against him on the matter of payment for one of the nights at the club. Mona Best took Brown's side, and threw The Quarry Men out of the club ...it would be just over a year before they returned - in December 1960 - and they continue to play there until it closes in 1962.

11, 18, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 or 31 October 1959. (Most probably, 18 October 1959) Empire Theatre, Liverpool. There is the second attempt to win Carroll Levis's TV show "Mr Star Maker". To this end John, Paul and George change the name of the group to Johnny And The Moondogs and perform at the Empire Theatre at a TV - Star Search audition, also organised by Levis. The youngsters played "Think It Over" and "It's So Easy". Both these songs were written by Buddy Holly, then idolised by young people. However, this did not help them in their quest for victory. They again finished behind the group of the not unknown Nicky Cuff, now known as The Connaughts. However, this time John, Paul and George won the right to compete in the final, set for 15 November in Manchester.

15 November 1959, Hippodrome Theatre, Manchester, Lancashire. This final of Carroll Levis's TV Star Search competition was the first public appearance of the Moondogs trio outside their home city. After their performance, and this was early in the evening, not waiting until the end of the show to discover the results, they had to leave promptly for the station because they were worried about missing the last train home to Liverpool: they simply didn't have enough money to spend a night in a hotel.

 
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