The Beatles' Cavern debut

On February 9th 1961, The Beatles made their first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, with George Harrison on lead guitar and Stuart Sutcliffe on bass. 

John and Paul had already played there previously with The Quarrymen, but this was the first time they performed there as the Beatles. 

George Harrison wore blue jeans on this day, against the dress code of the club. He nearly didn't get in but eventually managed to convince the doorman he was one of the performers.  

"They were different and they were very well rehearsed because they had come back from three months of torture in Hamburg. The other groups were like Cliff Richard and the Shadows, but The Beatles' music was so vibrant... However, I didn't like them wearing jeans which were taboo in the Cavern. Our doormen would stop anyone wearing jeans. I felt that if people were wearing good, clean clothes they would be more likely to behave themselves as they wouldn't want them getting dirty and damaged." - Ray McFall, Cavern Club owner

The band would go on to play close to 300 shows at the small Liverpool club before worldwide stardom would pull them away. They were paid £5 between them for this gig.

The Beatles at the Cavern Club, 1961. 

The Beatles at the Cavern Club, 1961. 

The Beatles at the Cavern Club, 1961.

The Beatles at the Cavern Club, 1961.