That's interesting. I used to go there quite a bit at one time. That ticket is a nice memento. I was over in New Brighton last year, for the first time in years, and the block where the Chelsea used to be has been gentrified.
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I listened to the link for Spencer's show and was really intrigued by some of the conversation between himself and Hunter Davis. Astrid's later life and the thoughts on McCartney's recent song writing was thought proving.
Another good interview by Spencer Leigh, this time Billy J Kramer here starting at the 6 minute mark. For fans of Eighties music there is also an interview with Carol Decker of T'Paul starting at 1 hour 38 mins.
My friend Betty used to be a Cavern girl, and she told me that when the Beatles came back from Hamburg and played at the Cavern, their sound was really raw and raucous! She said that people would go to the Cav during their lunch hour and were often late back to work. The Cav had a certain smell - mixture of cigarettes, perspiration and the toilets, so everyone knew where you'd been by the smell you brought home with you! Betty told me that the girls would turn up for the evening performances in their rollers, and get ready in the poky smelly ladies toilet. She said that the Beatles were very natural on stage and would swear, eat, joke smoke and talk to the audience. It was Epstein who polished this behaviour out of them. When Please Please Me hit the top of the hit parade, the fans in the Cav went very quiet because they then knew they had lost the boys to the rest of the world. And so they did.
Sitting on the bus recently, I realised that we were right next to a venue that the Beatles had played. This made me ponder the other Beatles-related sites on that bus route, which I take from my home to the city centre several times per week. I live in the West Derby area, and the bus goes through West Derby Village, passing Hayman's Green, where the famous Casbah Club is still situated. About a quarter of a mile later we reach the Jolly Miller pub, where the lads met up to drive down to London for their Decca audition. At Tuebrook the bus stops at St John's Church, at the side of which is the church hall where the Beatles played several times; the booking usually arranged by Mona Best. Continuing down West Derby Road we reach the Grafton, an historic dance hall ["dancing till ten, fighting til midnight"] where the group played their one of last major Liverpool concerts. As we come into the city centre, down London Road we pass the site of the Odeon, once a major cinema, where the Beatles attended the premier of "A Hard Days Night" Around the corner into Lime Street, and we reach the famous Empire Theatre, where the lads attended shows, and, of course, ended up topping the bill. Who said riding on a bus is boring!
My question is though, how did the player find out a Stu Sutcliffe bassline for that song? As far as I know only three recordings of Stu playing exist, and none are of "Long Tall Sally" minor point, Stu would have used a plectrum [pick], not fingers.