Two rare photos of The Beatles playing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool have been discovered.
His pictures were taken in July 1961, more than a year before the band released their debut single Love Me Do.
They put John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney in front of the microphone, with George Harrison playing guitar and Pete Best, the band’s original drummer, partially obscured.
Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn said: “Set inside Liverpool’s cramped and submerged Cavern Club, these unprecedented photographs capture The Beatles playing for an audience at the hour lunch or dinner in July 1961.
“Just got back from Hamburg – 500 hours of performances in 90 days – The Beatles are boys 20 (John), 19 (Paul and Pete) and 18 (George), and 18 (George).
“This marathon has made them so slim, it’s as if their heads and bodies are foreign. A look is emphasized by unusual clothes – leather pants and cotton shirt. There are no other photos that show them dressed this way.
“Three months from now, John and Paul go to Paris and come back with what is called ‘The Beatle Haircut’.
“A few days later, Brian Epstein saw The Beatles in the Cavern, offered to become their manager and put them on (a) course that changed our world.”
To mark the 60th anniversary of Love Me Do’s release, Chorley-based dealer Tracks Ltd will be offering free valuables of rare musical memorabilia.
Valuation day takes place at The Beatles Story exhibition at Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock from 11am – 6pm on October 5.
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