The Beatles: photos of the band playing at the Cavern Club found

Early photos of The Beatles playing at Liverpool’s legendary Cavern Club have been found.

The photos were taken by the band in 1961 and show the original line-up of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and then drummer Pete Best. Best was replaced by Ringo Starr a year later.

According to historian Mark Lewisohn, who has written several books about the band, the pictures were apparently taken just as the band were returning from a grueling tour in Germany, where they played 500 hours on stage in 90 days.

The historian described the band, aged between 18 and 20 in the pictures, as “whip thin malnourished fellows”.

He added: “This marathon has made them so lean, it’s like their minds and bodies are more alien.

“A look accentuated by the unusual attire – leather pants and cotton tops. No other photos show her dressed like this.”


The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool in July 1961. Photo: Tracks Ltd/PA Wire

According to Lewisohn, the photos show the band playing to a midday or evening crowd in June 1961 – just over a year before the release of their debut album love me do in October 1962.

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The photos show the band before the ‘Beatle Haircut’ – the iconic look they are known for – which they got a few months after recording in Paris.

“Days later, Brian Epstein saw The Beatles at The Cavern, offered to be their manager and put them on a course that changed our world,” Lewisohn added. The Beatles: photos of the band playing at the Cavern Club found

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