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The Beatles were a British rock group that formed in Liverpool, England, active from their formation in 1960 to their breakup in 1970.<ref>[https://www.biography.com/people/paul-mccartney-9390850 Biography page of Paul McCartney.] 30 Nov '18</ref> The band's lineup went through several changes before the classic lineup of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr was established. They've received widespread acclaim and sold over 1 billion records worldwide by 2014, more than any other artist.<ref>[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2014/2/the-beatles-50th-anniversary-of-us-tv-debut-top-ten-fab-four-records-55231 Guinness World Records page on records held by the band.] Retrieved 25 Mar '18</ref> ''Rolling Stone'' ranked them #1 on their list of "100 Greatest Artists" and placed their 1967 concept album  ''Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band'' as the greatest album of all time.<ref>[https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-artists-of-all-time-19691231/the-beatles-20110420 ''Rolling Stone'' list of the greatest artists.] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref><ref>[https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/500-greatest-albums-of-all-time-156826/the-beach-boys-pet-sounds-54298/ Rolling Stone article listing the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".] Retrieved 10 Jan '20</ref> Richie Unterberger of AllMusic claimed The Beatles "introduced more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century."<ref>[https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-beatles-mn0000754032/biography AllMusic artist biography on The Beatles.] 27 Mar '18</ref> Prior to their international success, the band was mostly known locally for their performances at The Cavern Club from 1961 to 1963.
The Beatles were a British rock group that formed in Liverpool, England, and were active from their formation in 1960 to their dissolution in 1970. The band's lineup went through several changes before the classic lineup of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr was established. They have since been recognized as one of the greatest musicals in history act and had sold over 1 billion records worldwide by of 2014.<ref>[http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/news/2014/2/the-beatles-50th-anniversary-of-us-tv-debut-top-ten-fab-four-records-55231 Guinness World Records page on records held by the band] Retrieved 25 Mar '18</ref> ''Rolling Stone'' ranked them #1 on their list of "100 Greatest Artists".<ref>[https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/100-greatest-artists-of-all-time-19691231/the-beatles-20110420 ''Rolling Stone'' list of the greatest artists] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> Richie Unterberger of AllMusic has stated that The Beatles "introduced more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century".<ref>[https://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-beatles-mn0000754032/biography AllMusic artist biography] 27 Mar '18</ref> Prior to becoming an international success, the band was mostly known locally for their performances at The Cavern Club from 1961 to 1963. During their time performing at The Cavern, '''several recordings are known to have been made'''.
 
  
 
==The Cavern Club==
 
==The Cavern Club==
 
[[File:2015CavernClub Getty104416515080115-1.jpg|thumb|285px|right|The outside of The Cavern]]
 
[[File:2015CavernClub Getty104416515080115-1.jpg|thumb|285px|right|The outside of The Cavern]]
The Cavern club was originally opened by Alan Sytner on January 16th, 1957, as a jazz club.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20140413212802/http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/content/articles/2007/01/12/cavern_birthday_feature.shtml BBC article on The Cavern's 50th anniversary] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> Although initially a jazz club, the club would become more rock-centered in the mid-1960s<ref>[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-38925260 BBC article on The Cavern] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> In addition to The Beatles, musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Chuck Berry, Elton John, Adele, and many others performed at The Cavern as well as groups such as Queen, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, and The Kinks.<ref>[https://www.cavernclub.org/resident-bands/the-cavern-a-musical-history/ Cavern Club website page mentioning musicians who had played at the club in the past] Retrieved 26 Mar '18</ref> The club was demolished in 1974 to allow for the construction of a railway ventilation duct. The area was instead used as a parking lot. The club was reconstructed near the original location in 1984 using bricks from the original site as well as the original blueprints.<ref>[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2429799/Beatles-sale-The-Cavern-Club-legendary-Liverpool-venue-Fab-Four-goes-market-1million.html Daily Mail article on The Cavern going up for sale] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref>
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The Cavern Club was originally opened by Alan Sytner on January 16th, 1957, as a jazz club.<ref>[http://web.archive.org/web/20140413212802/http://www.bbc.co.uk/liverpool/content/articles/2007/01/12/cavern_birthday_feature.shtml BBC article on The Cavern's 50th anniversary.] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> Wider genres were later allowed and the club became more rock-centered in the mid-1960s<ref>[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-38925260 BBC article on The Cavern.] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> Many other famous bands performed at the club, such as Queen, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, and The Kinks.<ref>[https://www.cavernclub.org/resident-bands/the-cavern-a-musical-history/ Cavern Club website page mentioning musicians who have played at the club in the past.] Retrieved 26 Mar '18</ref>  
  
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The original club was demolished in 1974 for the construction of a railway ventilation duct, though the area became a parking lot instead. The club was reconstructed near the original location in 1984 using bricks from the original site and the original blueprints.<ref>[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2429799/Beatles-sale-The-Cavern-Club-legendary-Liverpool-venue-Fab-Four-goes-market-1million.html Daily Mail article on The Cavern going up for sale.] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref>
  
===The Beatles' performances===
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===The Beatles===
The performance which John Lennon's pre-Beatles band The Quarrymen debuted at The Cavern has been stated by former banjo player Rod Davis to be sometime before August 1957; the group made various other appearances performing skiffle, which was allowed.<ref>[http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-merseyside-14406088 BBC article in which Davis denies the August 7th date] Retrieved 25 Mar '18</ref> The Beatles first performed at The Cavern on February 9th, 1961.<ref>[https://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/artists/the-beatles-were-paid-only-5-for-their-first-gig-at-cavern-club/ Telegraph article on the group's first appearance] Retrieved 25 Mar '18</ref> The band has been documented to have played a minimum of 155 lunchtime shows and 125 evening shows.<ref name="BB2"/> Brian Epstein would visit The Cavern after reading about them in ''Mersey Beat'' magazine. After visiting the club to see them perform, he believed that the group held great potential. He would later become their manager.<ref>[https://www.beatlesbible.com/1961/11/09/live-cavern-club-liverpool-76-brian-epstein-meets-beatles/ Beatles Bible page on Brian's first meeting with the group] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> Brian later relieved Pete Best from the band due to EMI producer George Martin being dissatisfied with Pete's drumming abilities; local drummer Ringo Starr would serve as his replacement.<ref>[http://ultimateclassicrock.com/beatles-fire-pete-best/ UltimateClassicRock page on Pete's dismissal] Retrieved 26 Mar '18</ref> The Band gave their final performance on August 4th, 1963, during the group's rise to stardom.<ref name="BB2">[https://www.beatlesbible.com/1963/08/03/live-cavern-club-liverpool-280-final-show/ Beatles Bible page on the group's final performance at the club] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref>
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The Beatles first performed at The Cavern on February 9th, 1961.<ref>[https://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/artists/the-beatles-were-paid-only-5-for-their-first-gig-at-cavern-club/ Telegraph article on the group's first appearance.] Retrieved 25 Mar '18</ref> They played a minimum of 155 lunchtime shows and 125 evening shows (the exact number is unknown).<ref name="BB2"/> Local music store owner Brian Epstein visited The Cavern after reading about them in ''Mersey Beat'' magazine, and he soon become their manager.<ref>[https://www.beatlesbible.com/1961/11/09/live-cavern-club-liverpool-76-brian-epstein-meets-beatles/ Beatles Bible page on Brian's first meeting with the group.] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> Brian later fired Pete Best and was replaced by Ringo Starr, who was previously the drummer of Rory and The Hurricanes (a competing band).<ref>[http://ultimateclassicrock.com/beatles-fire-pete-best/ UltimateClassicRock page on Pete's dismissal.] Retrieved 26 Mar '18</ref>  
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They gave their final performance on August 4th, 1963.<ref name="BB2">[https://www.beatlesbible.com/1963/08/03/live-cavern-club-liverpool-280-final-show/ Beatles Bible page on the group's final performance at the club.] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> During their time performing at The Cavern, '''several recordings are known to have been made'''.
  
 
==Known Recordings==
 
==Known Recordings==
===Brian Epstein Recording (lost; late 1961)<ref name="book"/>===
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===Brian Epstein Recording (Lost)<ref name="book"/>===
 
[[File:Brian Epstein Cavern.jpg|thumb|275px|left|Brian Epstein]]
 
[[File:Brian Epstein Cavern.jpg|thumb|275px|left|Brian Epstein]]
Former Beatles press officer Tony Barrow has recalled on numerous occasions that sometime in late 1961, Brian Epstein approached him asking if he could write about the band; Barrow was the writer of a review column in a local newspaper at the time. Barrow told Brain that he would be unable to write about the group until they had released a record. Brian later presented Gordon with an acetate of the band performing live at The Cavern which he claimed was to be a part of an upcoming TV documentary about The Cavern.
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In 1961 Epstein gave Tony Barrow (then a columnist) an acetate of the band performing—which he claimed would be part of an upcoming TV documentary about The Cavern Club—hoping he would write about the group.
  
In ''Apple to the Core'', Barrow recalled that the recording was plagued by background noise and "didn't sound too good". Barrow also recalled that he agreed with Epstein that he would attempt to secure an audition with Decca for the band via "the strength of the recording".
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In ''Apple to the Core'', Barrow recalled that it was a recording of poor quality, plagued by background noise. Barrow agreed with Epstein that he'd attempt to secure an audition with Decca using "the strength of the recording."
  
Barrow seemingly contradicted previous his previous comments about the quality of the recording during a preparation for a 2001 interview in saying that "It was impossible to distinguish any music or the vocalist," and that all that could be heard other than the crowd members' response was a beat in the background.
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Barrow later said that "It was impossible to distinguish any music or the vocalist."
  
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===Audience Member Recording (Lost)===
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On August 29, 1985, an 18-track audience recording of a performance from Mid-1962 was put up for auction at Sotheby's.<ref>[http://wogew.blogspot.com/2008/11/top-20-unreleased-beatles.html The Daily Beatle post on unreleased material.] Retrieved 22 Mar '18</ref>
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The auction was won by Paul McCartney with a bid of ₤2,310. Mark Lewisohn stated in the special edition of ''Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years: Volume 1'' that he heard the tapes prior to the sale and the quality "was so atrocious it was hard to make out which songs were being played.”<ref name="book"/>
  
===Audience Member Recording (lost; mid-1962)===
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The setlist of the tape was as follows:
On August 29, 1985, an 18-track recording of the band performing made by an audience member in Mid-1962 was put up for auction at Sotheby's.<ref>[http://wogew.blogspot.com/2008/11/top-20-unreleased-beatles.html The Daily Beatle post on unreleased material] Retrieved 22 Mar '18</ref>
 
The auction was won by Paul McCartney after he placed a bid of ₤2,310. Very few details about the tape are known. Mark Lewisohn stated in the special edition of ''Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years: Volume 1'' that he had heard the tapes prior to sale and that the audio quality "was so atrocious it was hard to tell what songs were playing"<ref name="book"/>
 
 
 
The set list of the tape is known to be as follows:
 
 
* Words of Love
 
* Words of Love
 
* What's Your Name
 
* What's Your Name
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* Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
 
* Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
  
===Granada TV Recordings (partially found; 22 Aug and 05 Sept, 1962)===
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===Granada TV Recordings (Partially Found)===
On August 22nd, 1962, after receiving numerous letters about the group, Granada TV recorded the band performing 2 takes of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's "Some Other Guy" and 4 minutes of silent footage to be used for cutaway shots.<ref name="book"/> The shoot took place 6 days after original drummer Pete Best was dismissed and replaced by Ringo Starr. The footage was recorded in black and white and suffered prominent grain. Because only one microphone was used to record, the captured audio was poor.<ref name="cavern"/> Both the performance footage and silent footage have seen use in numerous documentaries and have appeared on bootlegs.
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On August 22nd, 1962, after receiving many letters about the group, Granada TV recorded the band performing 2 takes of Leiber and Stoller's "Some Other Guy" and 4 minutes of B-roll footage.<ref name="book"/> Only one microphone was used to record the whole band.<ref name="cavern"/>  
  
 
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2 weeks after the shoot, sound technician Gordon Barrow was sent to capture higher quality audio that was to be dubbed over the footage. Gordon recorded an hour's worth of audio during his time at the club.<ref name="BB"/> The program which the footage was to be broadcast on was cancelled due to legal issues with other artists set to appear.<ref name="cavern"/> The footage wouldn't be broadcast until the band had become a national success in Britain.<ref>[https://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/some-other-guy/ Beatles Bible page on The song] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> Gordon created 5 acetates containing the group's performances of "Some Other Guy" and "Kansas City" at the request of Brian Epstein, whom intended to use them for promotional purposes.<ref name="cavern"/> One of the acetates was auctioned at Christie's in 1993 for £16,000 to Apple Corps, the company founded by the band later in their career.<ref name="BB"/> The performances of "Kansas City" and "Some Other Guy" both saw use in the anthology project and have appeared on bootlegs.<ref name="BB">[https://www.beatlesbible.com/1962/09/05/live-cavern-club-liverpool-227/ Beatles Bible page on the date] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> The hour-long recording was ordered to be destroyed.<ref name="book"/> The original source tape for Gordon's acetates was found in 2015 after being forgotten in a desk for 50.<ref name="cavern">[https://www.cavernclub.org/latest-news/unique-beatles-recording-emerges-after-50-years-gets-first-play-in-the-cavern/ Cavern Club website page on the discovery of the tape] Retrieved 24 Mar '18</ref>
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2 weeks after the shoot, sound technician Gordon Barrow was sent to the club to record higher quality audio to sync to the footage. Gordon recorded an hour's worth of audio during his visit.<ref name="BB"/><ref name="cavern"/> This recording was later destroyed.<ref name="book"/>. Due to legal issues with other artists, the footage wasn't broadcast until after the band found national success.<ref>[https://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/some-other-guy/ Beatles Bible page on The song] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref>  
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Gordon made 5 acetates of the group's performances of "Some Other Guy" and "Kansas City" at the request of Epstein.<ref name="cavern"/> Gordon auctioned one of the copies at Christie's in 1993 for £16,000 to Apple Corps, the label founded by the band.<ref name="BB">[https://www.beatlesbible.com/1962/09/05/live-cavern-club-liverpool-227/ Beatles Bible page on the date.] Retrieved 27 Mar '18</ref> The original source recording for Gordon's acetates was found in a desk in 2015.<ref name="cavern">[https://www.cavernclub.org/latest-news/unique-beatles-recording-emerges-after-50-years-gets-first-play-in-the-cavern/ Cavern Club website page on the discovery of the tape.] Retrieved 24 Mar '18</ref>
  
 
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===Rehearsal Recordings (Partially Found)===
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A rehearsal was recorded on January 22nd, 1962, no other details are known.<ref name="book"/>
  
===Rehearsal Recordings (partially found; various dates)===
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A rehearsal recorded sometime between October and December 1962 has circulated on bootlegs. The circulating audio features one take of "I Saw Her Standing There," two takes of "One After 909," and two takes of "Catswalk."<ref name="book"/><ref>Everett, Walter (2001). The Beatles As Musicians: The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul. pp. 129</ref>
The band is known to have recorded themselves rehearsing several times; it is believed that such recordings were made for referential purposes.
 
  
The band is documented to have recorded themselves rehearsing on January 22nd, 1962; no other details are known.<ref name="book"/>
 
  
Some time between October or December 1962, the band recorded a rehearsal. The rehearsal has appeared on bootlegs. The circulating audio captures one take of "I Saw Her Standing There," two takes of "One After 909," and two takes of "Catswalk".<ref name="book"/><ref>Everett, Walter (2001). The Beatles as Musicians: The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul. pp. 129</ref>
 
Due to the combined length of the tracks, it seems possible that they were part of a longer recording.
 
 
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[[File:Cavern rehearsal.jpg|thumb|300px|right|The January 1963 photo]]
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[[File:Cavern rehearsal.jpg|thumb|310px|right|The January 1963 photo]]
Mike McCartney, Brother of Paul McCartney, stated in his autobiography ''The Macs: Mike McCartney's family album'' that he had recorded the band rehearsing on multiple occasions and still possessed one of the recordings he had made. He claimed that nobody other than himself had heard the recording. It's possible that the recording he was referring to is of the same rehearsal that has appeared on bootlegs.<ref name="book">Unterberger, Richie (2014). The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film [Revised & Expanded Ebook Edition] </ref>
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Mike McCartney, Brother of Paul McCartney, stated in his autobiography ''The Macs: Mike McCartney's Family Album'' that he recorded the band rehearsing several times and still had one of these recordings. This might be the source of the aforementioned bootlegs, however.<ref name="book">Unterberger, Richie (2014). The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film [Revised & Expanded Ebook Edition].</ref>
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A photograph taken during a rehearsal in January 1963 shows a portable tape recorder at the bottom, suggesting further recordings.
  
A photograph of the band taken during a rehearsal in January 1963 shows a portable tape recorder at the bottom, leaving it likely that this rehearsal, as well as others that occurred around the time, were recorded.
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==See Also==
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*[[The Threetles (lost unreleased recordings from Beatles reunion sessions; 1990s)]]
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*[[The Long and Winding Road (found workprint of unfinished Beatles documentary; 1970s)]]
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*[[Help! (partially found deleted scenes from The Beatles film; 1965)]]
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*[[Revolution 1 (Take 20) (found mix of The Beatles song; 1968)]]
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*[[Late Night Line-Up (partially found Beatles "Abbey Road" special; 1969)]]
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*[[The Beatles Cartoon (partially lost skits/bumpers of animated TV series; 1965-1967)]]
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*[[Carnival of Light (lost experimental Beatles song; 1967)]]
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*[[Late Night Line-Up (partially found Beatles "Abbey Road" special; 1969)]]
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*[[A Hard Day's Day - A Day in the Life of a Beatles Tribute Band (found parody film; 2002)]]
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*[[Yellow Submarine (partially found production material for cancelled CGI remake of Beatles animated film; 2010-2011)]]
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*[["Now and Then" (lost overdub session of Beatles song; 1995)]]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 00:51, 14 June 2022

The beatles at the Cavern.jpg

The band performing with original drummer Pete Best.

Status: Partially Found

The Beatles were a British rock group that formed in Liverpool, England, active from their formation in 1960 to their breakup in 1970.[1] The band's lineup went through several changes before the classic lineup of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr was established. They've received widespread acclaim and sold over 1 billion records worldwide by 2014, more than any other artist.[2] Rolling Stone ranked them #1 on their list of "100 Greatest Artists" and placed their 1967 concept album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band as the greatest album of all time.[3][4] Richie Unterberger of AllMusic claimed The Beatles "introduced more innovations into popular music than any other rock band of the 20th century."[5] Prior to their international success, the band was mostly known locally for their performances at The Cavern Club from 1961 to 1963.

The Cavern Club[edit | edit source]

The outside of The Cavern

The Cavern Club was originally opened by Alan Sytner on January 16th, 1957, as a jazz club.[6] Wider genres were later allowed and the club became more rock-centered in the mid-1960s[7] Many other famous bands performed at the club, such as Queen, The Rolling Stones, Oasis, and The Kinks.[8]

The original club was demolished in 1974 for the construction of a railway ventilation duct, though the area became a parking lot instead. The club was reconstructed near the original location in 1984 using bricks from the original site and the original blueprints.[9]

The Beatles[edit | edit source]

The Beatles first performed at The Cavern on February 9th, 1961.[10] They played a minimum of 155 lunchtime shows and 125 evening shows (the exact number is unknown).[11] Local music store owner Brian Epstein visited The Cavern after reading about them in Mersey Beat magazine, and he soon become their manager.[12] Brian later fired Pete Best and was replaced by Ringo Starr, who was previously the drummer of Rory and The Hurricanes (a competing band).[13]

They gave their final performance on August 4th, 1963.[11] During their time performing at The Cavern, several recordings are known to have been made.

Known Recordings[edit | edit source]

Brian Epstein Recording (Lost)[14][edit | edit source]

Brian Epstein

In 1961 Epstein gave Tony Barrow (then a columnist) an acetate of the band performing—which he claimed would be part of an upcoming TV documentary about The Cavern Club—hoping he would write about the group.

In Apple to the Core, Barrow recalled that it was a recording of poor quality, plagued by background noise. Barrow agreed with Epstein that he'd attempt to secure an audition with Decca using "the strength of the recording."

Barrow later said that "It was impossible to distinguish any music or the vocalist."

Audience Member Recording (Lost)[edit | edit source]

On August 29, 1985, an 18-track audience recording of a performance from Mid-1962 was put up for auction at Sotheby's.[15] The auction was won by Paul McCartney with a bid of ₤2,310. Mark Lewisohn stated in the special edition of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years: Volume 1 that he heard the tapes prior to the sale and the quality "was so atrocious it was hard to make out which songs were being played.”[14]

The setlist of the tape was as follows:

  • Words of Love
  • What's Your Name
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Ask Me Why
  • The Hippy Hippy Shake
  • Til There Was You
  • Hey! Baby
  • If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody
  • Please Mister Postman
  • Sharing You
  • Your Feet's Too Big
  • Dizzy Miss Lizzy
  • I Forgot to Remember to Forget
  • Matchbox
  • I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Young Blood
  • Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)

Granada TV Recordings (Partially Found)[edit | edit source]

On August 22nd, 1962, after receiving many letters about the group, Granada TV recorded the band performing 2 takes of Leiber and Stoller's "Some Other Guy" and 4 minutes of B-roll footage.[14] Only one microphone was used to record the whole band.[16]

Compilation of aforementioned material


2 weeks after the shoot, sound technician Gordon Barrow was sent to the club to record higher quality audio to sync to the footage. Gordon recorded an hour's worth of audio during his visit.[17][16] This recording was later destroyed.[14]. Due to legal issues with other artists, the footage wasn't broadcast until after the band found national success.[18]

Gordon made 5 acetates of the group's performances of "Some Other Guy" and "Kansas City" at the request of Epstein.[16] Gordon auctioned one of the copies at Christie's in 1993 for £16,000 to Apple Corps, the label founded by the band.[17] The original source recording for Gordon's acetates was found in a desk in 2015.[16]

The recovered audio from Gordon's recording.

Rehearsal Recordings (Partially Found)[edit | edit source]

A rehearsal was recorded on January 22nd, 1962, no other details are known.[14]

A rehearsal recorded sometime between October and December 1962 has circulated on bootlegs. The circulating audio features one take of "I Saw Her Standing There," two takes of "One After 909," and two takes of "Catswalk."[14][19]


Compilation of the known audio from this rehearsal.


The January 1963 photo

Mike McCartney, Brother of Paul McCartney, stated in his autobiography The Macs: Mike McCartney's Family Album that he recorded the band rehearsing several times and still had one of these recordings. This might be the source of the aforementioned bootlegs, however.[14]

A photograph taken during a rehearsal in January 1963 shows a portable tape recorder at the bottom, suggesting further recordings.

See Also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Biography page of Paul McCartney. 30 Nov '18
  2. Guinness World Records page on records held by the band. Retrieved 25 Mar '18
  3. Rolling Stone list of the greatest artists. Retrieved 27 Mar '18
  4. Rolling Stone article listing the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Retrieved 10 Jan '20
  5. AllMusic artist biography on The Beatles. 27 Mar '18
  6. BBC article on The Cavern's 50th anniversary. Retrieved 27 Mar '18
  7. BBC article on The Cavern. Retrieved 27 Mar '18
  8. Cavern Club website page mentioning musicians who have played at the club in the past. Retrieved 26 Mar '18
  9. Daily Mail article on The Cavern going up for sale. Retrieved 27 Mar '18
  10. Telegraph article on the group's first appearance. Retrieved 25 Mar '18
  11. 11.0 11.1 Beatles Bible page on the group's final performance at the club. Retrieved 27 Mar '18
  12. Beatles Bible page on Brian's first meeting with the group. Retrieved 27 Mar '18
  13. UltimateClassicRock page on Pete's dismissal. Retrieved 26 Mar '18
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 14.6 Unterberger, Richie (2014). The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film [Revised & Expanded Ebook Edition].
  15. The Daily Beatle post on unreleased material. Retrieved 22 Mar '18
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Cavern Club website page on the discovery of the tape. Retrieved 24 Mar '18
  17. 17.0 17.1 Beatles Bible page on the date. Retrieved 27 Mar '18
  18. Beatles Bible page on The song Retrieved 27 Mar '18
  19. Everett, Walter (2001). The Beatles As Musicians: The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul. pp. 129