Some of the biggest stars of the 20th century came out of the rock and roll scene, people like Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix are all still both recognised and loved today. But there is arguably no band that is as widely loved and respected than those likely lads from Liverpool, The Beatles. Liverpool is well known for its docks and shipping activity, many of the sailors travelling to and from the USA would bring with them rock and roll records that couldn’t be purchased elsewhere. This caused a stir in Liverpool and helped inspire a wave of new musical talent from the city which is now described as the ‘Mersey beat’. The Beatles formed in 1960 and amazingly only stayed together for 10 years, despite that they created some of the most influential music of the century. It should come as no surprise then that there are many places you can visit to gain some insight into their work and lives. Let’s start by looking at the city that created them, Liverpool.
The Cavern Club – The Cavern Club on Matthew Street in downtown Liverpool is perhaps one of the places most associated with The Beatles. This was place where they were first spotted, where they used to play many of their first gigs and became well known around the city. Between 1961 and 1963 they played around 300 times here. It was a starting point for many of the local artists of the time and has gone on to host many big names since. Unfortunately, the original building was demolished in 1973 however the current building opened a decade later and is built to the same specifications of the original, even occupying part of the original site. It’s still a great place for Beatles fans and even has tribute acts playing every now and again so you can relive the original magic. Or at least try to, depending on how close they may be.
St. Peter’s Parish Church, Woolton – Here’s a place that goes back further than the bands gigs at The Cavern, before there was The Beatles john had a band called The Quarrymen and they would often play here at St. Peter’s Parish Church hall, a place that is still used for youth activities and clubs to this day. It was also here that Paul first saw John perform on the church field and introduced himself, playing his guitar for him which would lead to an invitation from John to join the band. The church is a short walk from Johns childhood home in Menlove Avenue. It also has in its graveyard the resting place of none of other than Eleanor Rigby, immortalised in the song of the same name. A gravestone marks her entire family as well so we can only assume she may not have been as lonely as the song written about her may suggest.