Friday, 3 August 2012
The Beatles at Grafton Rooms, Liverpool
On Friday August 3 1962 The Beatles played their first gig (out of a total of 4) at the Grafton Rooms in Liverpool. Also known as The Grafton Ballroom, this venue was opened on February 2nd, 1924. The dance-hall could accommodate up to 1,200 dancers and was built next to the Locarno Ballroom.
Incidentally, it was not the first time that John & Paul had appeared at the Grafton. The Quarrymen used to play there in the late 1950's.
Apart from The Beatles other famous artists who appeared at The Grafton Rooms include Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Loss, Victor Silvester and Henry Hall.
Nowadays it is a Comedy Club
p.s. a very nice side-note: The Joe Loss Orchestra contained amongst its members a certain Ross MacManus...father of Elvis Costello!
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