Friday, 29 June 2012

The Beatles at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton

It was 50 years ago today (29 June 1962) that the Beatles performed at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, a seaside resort in Wallasey, Merseyside.

New Brighton was a very popular resort in the 19th century and during the first part of the 20th century, but after WWII it last quite some appeal, but the Tower Ballroom became famour in the '50s and '60s for hosting numerous concerts with local Liverpool bands (for example The Beatles) and international stars.

On 29 June 1962 The Beatles appeared at the Tower Ballroom together with The Fourmost. One day later (30 June) Brian Epstein would sign The Fourmost to NEMS. The line-up at that time was Mike Millward, Billy Hatton, Brian O’Hara and Dave Lovelady.

The Fourmost released three singles composed by Lennon/McCartney: 'Hello Little Girl', 'I'm in Love' and 'Here, There and Everywhere'

Other groups appearing with them were at this "Operation Big Beat 3" were:
- The Big 3,
- The 4 Jays,
- Kansas City 5
- Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes
- The Undertakers
- The Searchers
- Johnny Templars Hi-Cats
- Lee Curtis & The Detours

p.s. Some sources also claim that The Beatles played a lunch session at the Cavern Club.

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