LIVE AT THE CO-OPERATIVE HALL, LONG ST, MIDDLETON, MANCHESTER
The Beatles played at this venue on 11 April 1963
Here's the Middleton Guardian report of the day...!
ON THURSDAY 11th April 1963, four Liverpool lads, all in their early 20s,
brought a touch of Tin Pan alley stardust to Middleton.
For well over an hour in the Co-op Hall, Long Street, 300 screaming
teenagers jived and twisted to the bouncing rhythm of beat ballads
being performed by The Beatles.
The music was deafening and the record fans were keyed up to a fever pitch. Almost hysterical enthusiasm hit you in the face as you walked in, but promoter Barry Chaytow had taken great care in making sure that if his patrons did not get over-excited there were sufficient "bouncers" to take care of the trouble.
He could have saved himself a great deal of expense in that direction, because
they were not needed. The teenagers were there to see and hear The Beatles
and everything else became secondary.
The boys and girls certainly got their money's worth.
This group which turned professional almost as soon as it was formed
two years ago has carved itself two unforgettable niches in the charts with
Love Me Do and Please, Please Me.
Though their earlier work was confined to backing other artists on the
Continent, they have now earned a place in show business with their
undeniable talent and unassuming manner.
Perhaps one of the reasons for their success is the fact that most of
their work is completely original and they seem to have an almost inexhaustible supply of new material. For instance, their first LP just issued has on it eight numbers which have been written by members of the group.
The group is one tightly knit one. Drummer Ringo Starr joined in the
August last year, but the others are original members. George Harrison,
lead guitar, and Paul McCartney used to go to the same school and
John Lennon is Paul's next door neighbour.
The four Beatles came off the stage pouring in sweat. They were cheerful
and cracking jokes with each other as though two years of one night stands
was all in day's work for them, which of course it was.
They ran the inevitable gauntlet of autograph hunters as they tried to wind
down and get changed in time to get back to Liverpool for a well earned rest.
Inside the hall the teenagers were still going strong to the music of Shaun
and Sum People. Out of their dramatic maroon suits piled in after it,
got comfortable and passed round the cigarettes.
Less than 30 minutes after facing a crowd of perspiring fans The Beatles
were still a group, but this time just another group of homeward bound
travellers on the Liverpool road.
Were you there?
Were you in Shaun and the Sum People?
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