Live: The Cavern
On March 21st 1961, The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in the evening for the very first time. Their previous 11 appearances had been lunchtime shows.
"This was the first time I had seen The Beatles and they were in black leather and dripping with sweat. They were doing songs that I'd never heard before and I wondered where they had got them from. They did an absolutely fantastic version of Besame Mucho, one of the best things I've ever heard on stage." - Joey Bower, The Four Jays
"Their singing was very rough and their guitars were out of tune. We rehearsed a lot to get our sound right and we weren't too happy to see The Beatles going down so well with something they'd only rehearsed five minutes before." - Ralph Ellis, guitarist, The Swinging Blue Jeans
Between 1961 and 1963, The Beatles played approximately 155 lunchtime and 125 evening shows respectively.