Beatles history - 1960 year
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Apr 03
Sunday
Elvis Presley records `It's Now Or Never'
Apr 23
Saturday
John and Paul perform as a duet at the Fox and Hounds, Caversham, Berkshire, calling themselves the Nerk Twins. Paul's cousin and her husband, who `let' the boys perform in exchange for working during the week, ran the pub.
Apr 24
Sunday
John and Paul perform as a duet at the Fox and Hounds, Caversham, Berkshire, calling themselves the Nerk Twins.
May 03
Tuesday
Rory Storm and the Hurricanes with a drummer Richard Starkey performs in Liverpool Stadium. It was a few months later that Ritchie became Ringo Starr.
May 05
Thursday
The band's name is changed to `The Silver Beetles'. Tommy Moore becomes the drummer for one month. (Norman Chapman was the drummer prior to leaving for military service.) Allan Williams becomes the manager. (Date is approximate.)
May 10
Tuesday
Audition for Larry Parnes at the Wyvern Social Club (The Blue Candle), 108 Seel Street, Liverpool. Other acts are Derry and the Seniors, Bob Evans and his Five Shillings, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cass and the Casanovas. This was an audition in search of a backing band for an upcoming Billy Fury tour. The Silver Beatles didn't win the audition. However, Larry Parnes liked what he heard and hired the band to back Johnny Gentle on a tour of Scotland at the end of May. Tommy Moore, The Silver Beatles' drummer at this time, arrived late after a couple of songs. Johnny Hutchinson from Cass and the Cassanovas gratiously filled in on drums with a routine drum beat.
May 14
Saturday
The Silver Beats perform at Lathom Hall in Liverpool. This is the first time the group used that name.
May 20
Friday
Contract with Paramount Enterprises, to play the Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey.
May 20
Friday
Start of a 7 day tour of Scotland as backup band for Johnny Gentle, also of Liverpool. They perform at Town Hall in Town Hall in Alloa, Clackmannanshire. Other acts are Tommy Steele, Alex Harvey and his Beat Band and Bobby Rankine.
May 21
Saturday
Performance in the Johnny Gentle Scotland Tour at the Northern Meeting Ballroom in Inverness. Also performing are Ronnie Watt and the Chekkers Rock Dance Band.
May 23
Monday
Performance in the Johnny Gentle Scotland Tour at Dalrymple Hall, Fraserburgh, Aberdeen. Johnny Gentle crashes the van carrying himself and the Beatles. Tommy Moore is hit in the mouth by a guitar.
May 25
Wednesday
The Cavern changes style and opens its doors to rock'n'roll groups.
May 25
Wednesday
Performance in the Johnny Gentle Scotland Tour at St. Thomas' Hall, Deith, Banffshire.
May 26
Thursday
Performance in the Johnny Gentle Scotland Tour at the Town Hall, Forres, Morayshire. Also performing are Rikki Barnes and his All Stars with Lena and Stevie.
May 27
Friday
Performance at the Regal Ballroom in Nairn, Nairnshire, Scotland backing Johnny Gentle.
May 28
Saturday
Performance in the Johnny Gentle Scotland Tour at the Rescue Hall in Peterhead, Aberdeenshire. The tour ends.
May 30
Monday
Performance at the Jacaranda Coffee Bar in Liverpool.
Jun 02
Thursday
First professional performance of The Silver Beetles held at Neston Institute, Wirral.
Jun 04
Saturday
Performance at the Corporation's Grosvernor Ballroom in Liscard.
Jun 06
Monday
Performance at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey, with Gerry and the Pacemakers.
Jun 09
Thursday
Performance at the The Institute, Neston, Wirral.
Jun 11
Saturday
Performance at the Corporation's Grosvenor Ballroom in Liscard. Drummer Thomas Moore doesn't play.
Jun 13
Monday
Performance at manager Allan Williams' Jacaranda Club. It was drummer Tommy Moore's final appearance with the group.
Jun 16
Thursday
Performance at the Neston Institute, Hinderton Road, Neston, Wirral, Cheshire. Also performing are Keith Rowlands and the Deesiders.
Jun 18
Saturday
Performance at the Corporation's Grosvenor Ballroom, Grosvenor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.
Jun 23
Thursday
Performance at the Neston Institute, Hinderton Road, Neston, Wirral, Cheshire.
Jun 25
Saturday
Performance at the Corporation's Grosvenor Ballroom, Grosvenor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.
Jun 30
Thursday
Performance at the Neston Institute, Hinderton Road, Neston, Wirral, Cheshire.
Jul 02
Saturday
Performance at the Corporation's Grosvenor Ballroom, Grosvenor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.
Jul 07
Thursday
Performance at the Neston Institute, Hinderton Road, Neston, Wirral, Cheshire.
Jul 09
Saturday
Performance at the Corporation's Grosvenor Ballroom, Grosvenor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.
Jul 16
Saturday
Performance at the Corporation's Grosvenor Ballroom, Grosvenor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire. From now the Silver Beatles are: John, Paul, George, Stu and Norman Chapman (drums).
Jul 23
Saturday
Performance at the Corporation's Grosvenor Ballroom, Grosvenor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.
Jul 30
Saturday
Final performance at the Corporation's Grosvenor Ballroom, Grosvenor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.
Aug 06
Saturday
The Beatles visit the Casbah Coffee Club, seeing Pete Best performing with the Blackjacks.
Aug 12
Friday
Pete Best leaves the Blackjacks and becomes The Silver Beetles' drummer. The band's current line-up would now included John, Paul, George, Pete and Stuart Stutcliffe.
Aug 16
Tuesday
Leaving from Liverpool to Hamburg.
Aug 17
Wednesday
Arrival in Hamburg. Evening: First performance at the Indra Club, 64 Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany.
Aug 19
Friday
The Beatles are hired to perform 2 additional months at the Indra Club.
Oct 03
Monday
Last performance at the Indra Club, 64 Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany.
Oct 04
Tuesday
The Beatles began to perform nightly at the Kaiserkeller, 36 Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany. Also performing are Rory Storm and the Hurricanes with drummer Ringo Starr. After Mon. November 21st, they perform without George. Sometime in November they also jam with Tony Sheridan and the Jets at the Top Ten Club. They play there alone a couple of times at the end of November.
Oct 15
Saturday
The Beatles back Lou `Wally' Walters (Walter Eymond), Rory Storm and the Hurricanes' bassist on recordings made at the Akustic Studios in Hamburg. Ringo Starr filled in for Pete Best.
Nov 30
Wednesday
Last performanceat the Kaiserkeller, 36 Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, Germany.
Dec 05
Monday
The Beatles luck in Hamburg runs out: Harrison is deported for being underage for working in a night club; McCartney and Pete Best are arrested for pinning a condom to a brick wall and then igniting it. The two are told to leave Germany. The band returns home, discouraged.
Dec 17
Saturday
The Beatles perform at the Casbah Coffee Club in West Derby, Liverpool. Chas Newby, from Pete Best's former group, the Blackjacks, joins the Beatles for four jobs playing the bass.
Dec 24
Saturday
Concert at the Corporation's Grosvenor Ballroom, Grosvenor Road, Liscard, Wallasey, Cheshire.
Dec 27
Tuesday
Performance at the Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool with the billing `Direct from Hamburg'.
Dec 31
Saturday
Performance at the Casbah Coffee Club in West Derby, Liverpool.
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