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The Cavern Days

Undoubtedly one of the most famous venues The Beatles ever played - Liverpool's Cavern Club. Here are some vital facts about Mathew Street's famed landmark...
 
- The first time the band played there as The Beatles was in February 1961.
 
- Their final appearance was 3 August 1963, after having played there close to 300 times.
 
- The Beatles built up pretty close and relaxed relationship with the Cavern fans, taking song requests and chatting with the fans.
 
- Female fans in particular adored The Beatles, and just before the band came onstage, all the girls would whip out combs and compact powder, dolling up for The Beatles.
 
- The fans would form groups with names that would make song requests, etc. instantly recognizable for The Beatles... with group names such as the Cement Mixers, the Bulldog Gang and the Woodentops.
 
- Brian Epstein first saw The Beatles onstage at the Cavern Club, on 9 November 1961... and the rest, as they say, is history.
 
- Also, the Cavern Club served as the venue for the first time The Beatles were filmed for television, on 22 August 1962.
 
- According to Mark Lewisohn, the Cavern Club was also immensely important for the formation of the individual personas of The Beatles:
 
"...[h]elped to shape and define the differing personalities within the group. It was here that John's sharp, cutting edge, his imperious personality, his defiant stage stance - legs astride, head back, guitar thrust high on chest - all took shape. While girls were never quite sure how to handle John, his apparent arrogance was much modelled by the Cavern Club's male clientele. Paul, meanwhile, attracted the girls' eyes with his good looks, charming stage patter and earnest politeness. George remained mostly in the background but his youthful features, lop-sided smile and droll humor did not go without their female admirers...." - The Complete Beatles Chronicle, p. 31
 
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Quotes
 
- "We probably loved the Cavern best of anything. It was fantastic. We never lost our identification with the audience." - George Harrison

The Cavern Days Photoalbum