On this date- August 3, 1963 The Beatles made their final appearance at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. How many times did The Beatles play The Cavern Club? According to Bob Wooler they played their 292 times, author Barry Miles has the number at 276. Whatever the number-they played their a lot. The address of The Cavern Club was 10 Mathew Street.
At first The Beatles were paid £3, 15 shillings a concert, on August 3, 1963 on their last concert they made £300. When The Beatles started at The Cavern Club Pete Best was their drummer- in August 1962 he was replaced by Ringo Starr. The Cavern was the sight of the famous “Pete Forever- Ringo Never” taunts. The fans soon got over Pete.
When The Beatles first played there it had been a jazz club and they were experimenting with rock ‘n roll during the lunch time hours. From all accounts the place was a dump- it smelled awful and if you went there you took the smell with you. The toilets would over flow onto the floor etc.. but it was heaven for Beatles fans. There fan base in Liverpool grew and grew. From what I’ve read one of the keys to bringing in the same crowd day after day was that their shows were unpredictable. They didn’t come out and play the same set, the mixed things up and did crazy things on stage. You would go to see ‘what are they going to do today.” The original Cavern Club was closed and tore down in the early 1970’s- the so-called Cavern Club near that location now is not the original.
It was at The Cavern Club where Brian Epstein came to see them and was immediately taken by them and became their manager at a critical time in their history. “I was immediately struck by their music, their beat, and their sense of humour on stage—and, even afterwards, when I met them, I was struck again by their personal charm. And it was there that, really, it all started.”
By August 3, 1963 The Beatles were no longer just a Liverpool band, they were now taking over England. In six months they would invade America. This was a sad thing for many of The Cavern regulars. Their boys were no longer theirs. I can understand that feeling. I have a friend who was a fan of both Bruce Springsteen and U2- when they had more of a huge cult following- once Bruce exploded with “Born In The USA” and U2 with “The Joshua Tree” he was done with them. I’ve tried to convince him that both artist have done good since but he’s not interested. They got too big for him.