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...The Beatles in Hamburg

A look at what happened when for the Beatles in Hamburg.

Information taken from The Beatles A Diary by Barry Miles, Omnibus Press, 1998; UNCUT March 2012 issue.


August 16: Departure from Liverpool to Hamburg.

August 17: Arrival in Hamburg. Start working in the Indra Club, located at Grosse Freiheit 64.
The schedule -
Seven days a week from 8 to 9, 10 to 11, 11 to 12, 1 to 2; Saturdays from 7 to 8, 9 to 10, 10 to 11, 12 to 1, 1 to 3 a.m.. Sundays from 5 to 6, 6:30 to 7:30, 8 to 9:30, 9:30 to 10:30, 11 to 12, 12:30 to 1:30.
Length of stay: 48 nights.

September 1-30: Play at the Indra Club.

October 1-3: Play at the Indra Club.

October 4: Move from the Indra to the Kaiserkeller (Grosse Freiheit 36).
Length of stay: 58 nights.

October 15: Extension of contract until December 31.

October 16: This date marked the first time John, Paul, George and Ringo (at the time drummer with Rory Storm & The Hurricanes) played together on record, when Lou Walters (stage name) of Rory's group recorded a song with them as a backing band.

November 1-30: Play at the Kaiserkeller.

November 21: George deported from Germany for being too young to work at nightclubs (he was 17 at the time).

November 22: Minus their lead guitarist, the band is expected to continue playing.

November 29: Paul and Pete are arrested and deported for arson after having accidentally setting a small fire which left a small mark on the wall of the Bambi-Kino.

November 30: Verbal agreement between the Beatles and Peter Eckhorn to play the Top Ten Club in April.

December 1: Arrival of Paul and Pete back in England after their deportation.

December 10: John departs for England. Stuart stays behind in Hamburg with Astrid.


March 27: The Beatles return to Hamburg by train.

April 1-30: Play at the Top Ten Club (Reeperbahn 136).
Length of stay: 92 nights.

June 1-30: Play at the Top Ten Club. Cynthia and Dot (Paul's girlfriend) arrive in Hamburg for a visit.

June 22: Recording of My Bonnie, The Saints, Why (Cant You Love Me Again) and Nobodys Child backing up Tony Sheridan at the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle in Hamburg-Harburg, plus two by the Beatles - Ain't She Sweet and Cry For A Shadow.
June also marked the release of the single record My Bonnie/The Saints, with the Beatles being credited as The Beat Brothers, on the Polydor label.

June 24: Recording of Take Out Some Insurance On Me Baby as the backing group for Tony Sheridan at Studio Rahlstedt in Hamburg.

June 28: Signing of the contract for the publishing of Cry For A Shadow with its composers, George and John.

July 2: Departure from Hamburg to Liverpool.


April 11: Departure to Hamburg from Ringway Airport in Manchester.

April 13-30: Play at the Star-Club. They would play a seven week session which would end on May 31.
Length of stay: 48 nights.

May 28: Opening of the Rockin'-Twist Festival 62 in the Star-Club, which ended June 11.

November 1: Another Star-Club stint begins, for 14 nights.

December 18-31: Play at the Star-Club.

December 31: Recording of the last night of the Beatles at the club.


June 23: Departure at 11 a.m. to Munich. Stay at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel and have a press conference to attend.

June 24: Concert at the Circus Krone Bau in Munich.

June 25: Departure from Munich to Essen via the Royal train (previously used by the Queen of England). Two shows at the Gruga Halle in Essen, interspersed with a press conference. Departure from Essen to Hamburg via train at about 2 a.m.

June 26: Arrival in Hamburg at around 6 a.m.. They stayed at the Schlosshotel in TremsbŁttel, some 30 miles away from Hamburg due to the throngs of fans. At around 1:30 p.m. they made a balcony appearance, waving at the several hundred fans gathered in front of their hotel. John visited Astrid. Play two shows at the Ernst Merck Halle, again interspersed with a press conference. After midnight, John and Paul walked around their old haunts on the Reeperbahn.

June 27: Departure to Heathrow Airport, then on to Tokyo.