TWIST AND SHOUT
The Beatles loved Soul music and did their own versions of many R&B, Blues, Soul and Motown recordings. Through appreciating the Beatles and finding out the original artists of some of the songs they did influenced many people to find their way to the original artists. This Twist and Shout EP was the first EP I ever bought. Of course it was the Isley Brothers who made the original of Twist And Shout, but the Beatles did a good job. Another notable was Mr Postman – original by The Marvelettes.
Then in 1966 they did an LP with all their own music and called it Rubber Soul!
For Beatles fans here is more BEATLEMANIA:
In Their Liverpool Home
Beatles’ Childhood Homes
John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Stuart Sutcliffe were all members of the BEATLES and they all came from Liverpool. The city is a seaport in North West England; tough grimy and somewhat depressing in the fifties and sixties it is currently emerging as a new vibrant tourist location. Much of this new tourist activity is due to the Beatles.
Liverpool is full of Beatles locations. There are several museums dedicated to the Fab Four, in the city. Stuart Sutcliffe died in Hamburg before they made national fame in the UK. One of Stuart’s homes is now a hotel and there are three more Beatles related hotels in the city: The Brian Epstein Guest House, The Hard Days Night Hotel and The Eleanor Rigby Hotel.
The childhood homes of the Beatles are still standing, almost, as Ringo’s first house is in a street of boarded up houses; pending upgrading or demolition. Beatles tourists can visit Paul McCartney’s home and also the home of John Lennon’s Aunty ‘Mimi’ where John was brought up: 1945 – 1963.
The very first location that the Beatles played at was not the Cavern Club but a coffee bar: The Casbah Coffee Club. The Beatles even decorated the place and its still there with John’s painted walls and you can appreciate their insects theme; as a huge spiders web is painted at the back of the stage area.
There are lots of places in the city that have strong connections with the Beatles and inevitably lots of tours to take you there, from exclusive taxis, walking tours and a Magical Mystery Tour bus.
The Cavern club has been re-built in the original Mathew Street where the Beatles appeared 282 times. The cavern was the fourth location that the Beatles played at after the Casbah: they played at the Jacaranda and The Blue Angel clubs in the city, both locations were owned by their first manager, Alan Williams.
Two songs about places in Liverpool were written by Lennon & McCartney: ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields For Ever’. ‘In My Life’: places I remember’ is John’s nostalgic song about his Liverpool home and Ringo did two: ‘Snookeroo’ & ‘Liverpool 8’.
John called his home city ‘LIDDYPOOL’ in poems he wrote: ‘A Spaniard in the Works’ and ‘In His Own Write’.
LIDDYPOOL the book by David Bedford has an introduction by Pete Best, the fifth Beatle, who of course also came from Liverpool.
The FAB FOUR came from LIDDYPOOL!
A short guide about the BEATLES and their birthplace.
The blue url links in the text following link up to more about the early Beatles in their home city of Liverpool.
In their Liddypool home
The Beatles were all born in Liverpool, George, Ringo and Paul in (council) city owned rented small houses, common housing estates in the UK. John was brought up by his aunt Mimi in a better off location and in a privately owned house. All the homes of the Beatles are still standing, and John’s and Paul’s are now Nationally owned and saved for the British nation and can be booked for a visit. But don’t expect anything like Elvis’s Graceland, these are much more humble locations.
Their first live performance was at THE CASBAH Coffee Club later at their first managers clubs: THE JACARANDA CLUB – THE BLUE ANGEL – owned by Allan Williams. Later they played at the THE CAVERN CLUB Mathew Street – 182 times! A replica is open and its very popular. STRAWBERRY FIELD a children’s home inspired John to write the song: Strawberry Fields Forever.
PENNY LANE is a Street in the suburbs where John & Paul met to get a bus downtown. The BEATLES STORY MUSEUM; is located in a cellar in Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock in the Britannia Pavilion. JOHN LENNON’S FAVORITE PUB is The Philharmonic on Hope Street. YE CRACKE Pub: is where John dated Cynthia.
LEWIS’S; is a store in downtown Liverpool were John would meet Paul. The PIER HEAD: a Ferry landing, inspired the song ‘A Ferry Cross The Mersey’ from Gerry & the Pacemakers: here there is a small museum and a shop all about the Beatles. There is another in Mathew Street. A HARD DAYS NIGHT HOTEL: is a luxury Beatles themed hotel at the corner of Mathew Street. JOHN LENNON AIRPORT: yes, the airport in the city is named after John. CAVERN WALKS – a shopping center in Mathew Street has statues of the Fab-Four.
TOUR THE BEATLES HOMES You can book to visit the homes of Paul & John were the Beatles practiced and Lennon & McCartney wrote a lot of their early material.But only if you book via the National Trust and go in an authorized minibus. See: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-mendips/ George & Ringo’s homes are there in the city but not open to the public. BEATLES CITY TOURS & WALKS: there are tours and walks to all the Beatles locations.
In Their LIDDYPOOL home the Book; is quite simply the item you REALLY need for any Beatles fans trip around the city, it has a Beatles locations map and covers all the subject headlines mentioned above plus lots more. The book will inform you about the attractions in the city centre and things to do when you visit Britain. For more information related directly to the city of Liverpool and events and What’s On regarding Beatles events etc then go to CityLeaves Liverpool. MUCH More about the Beatles in Liverpool and all about the city:Beatles City Beatles Radio> http://www.beatlesradio.com/default.aspx AMAZON links to buy the Book Liddypool .
Beatles City LIVERPOOL
John Lennon called it Liddypool; the city that the FAB FOUR came from. This LENS is about the BEATLES Liverpool associations with their home town.
It can be a short guide to Beatles places and associations in Liverpool for people planning a visit to the city.
It will provide links to information services about the city.
Liverpool is becoming a huge tourist destination due to the Beatles.
Its BEATLES CITY! Liddypool and every Beatles fan or tourist visiting the city should get the book which is featured at the end of this Lens.
Beatles Tour Of Liverpool LIDDYPOOL
Rows of terraced houses and each with two or three chimney pots. A city with its buildings coated in soot, from years of industrial pollution and only a few years after the second world war: that was the city when the Beatles were born.
Who would expect or predict the changes since then.
Today Liverpool is a metropolitan city of many cultures and fabulous buildings and great places to see and lots of interesting things to do.
The Beatles played their part in the resurgence of the city. Liverpool was a dying port in the 1960’s but today its a vibrant tourist destination. A lesson that Detroit could learn and do all things Motown!
There are so many Beatles places and stories and exhibitions to see in Liverpool. When you ad that to a great resurgent city and its friendly and entertaining locals every visitor be they Beatles fans or visiting the city for other reasons will be amazed by the vibrancy of a city that once was a lost cause, when it lost its businesses, had local political strife and a great deal of dereliction.
Today its a proud city today its Liverpool the BEATLES CITY!
All Things BEATLE – In the BEATLES CITY
Everything about the BEATLES has been said, printed, published filmed and made available in a huge variety of ways so its not going to be repeated here. What you will find is information of a general nature and specific information about the Beatles things to do and see in the city
JOHN LENNON AIRPORT
South of the city once known as Speke Airport due to its location in the area known as Speke, the airport has been re-named and dedicated to John Lennon. There is a statue and lots of memorabilia on display. When the airport was dedicated to John, Yoko attended as guest of honour.
On a more humorous note Speke is not related to how the locals use their vocabulary that’s called Scouse!
A narrow back street where the Cavern club was located and arguably the most famous music history street in the world with apologies to Beale Street in Memphis! Mathew Street is also historic for another club that was important in the Punk and subsequent music scene in Liverpool: ERICS.
Along Mathew Street are lots of locations connected with the Beatles: A Beatles Shop with lots of memorabilia, a stature of John Lennon, a bar with plaques on the outside wall with the names of all the Mersey Beat artists and bands, a shopping centre: Cavern Walks with a centre piece life size statue of the Fab Four and here also the Rubber Soul Bar. The Beatles Hotel – A Hard Days Night; is just on the corner.
There are several pubs on the Street and outside one is a plaque commemorating Carl Gustav Jung’s dream about Liverpool; as the ‘Well Spring’.
THE CASBAH COFFEE CLUB
The Beatles, as the Quarrymen, kicked off this club and its the first place they played named as the Beatles; they also decorated it. Long before the group was a hit at the Cavern. Its a MUST visit location for any Beatles Fan.
The famous club where the Beatles played live 282 times. However Ringo played here first as the drummer in a Skiffle band in 1957. The very next month John Lennon’s first group The Quarrymen played at the Cavern. Ringo played the club again in 1960 as a member of Rory Storm & The Hurricanes. The very first appearance at the club by the Beatles was: the ninth of February 1961 (without Ringo).
The club was owned and opened in 1957 by Alan Synter, who wanted to start a Paris styled Jazz club, however it was Skiffle and Blues that became more popular.
The Cavern was used in WW2 as a public air raid shelter as Liverpool was heavily bombed in the early years of the war.
ALL THE BEST CLUBS ARE IN CELLARS! The Cavern was the fulcrum of what would become the Liverpool Beat sound: The Mersey Beat with lots of Beat groups playing the club.
Visit the Gate to the place where John Lennon would go through to children’s parties with his Auntie Mimi. John’s fond memories of this Salvation Army home for children – playing in its fields and going to parties are immortalized in his song Strawberry Fields Forever.
Another Beatles Song about a Liverpool location; a Street named Penny Lane in the Mossley Hill district of Liverpool were John and Paul met to catch a bus into the ‘Town’ centre. The song was written by Paul but is credited to Lennon-McCartney. In the 1980’s a local brewer – Higsons – brought out bear mat coasters with a character named Penny Lane, to advertise their beer, it had nothing to do with the Beatles.
The BEATLES STORY MUSEUM
The BEATLES Museum at the Albert Dock Britannia Pavilion; a comprehensive themed tour inside a cellar at one of Liverpool’s iconic buildings a huge modernized waterfront once a shipping warehouse complex. Also nearby is a Beatles shop selling everything you could imagine about the Beatles, from key rings to expensive CD Box sets.
THE JACARANDA CLUB
The Beatles first ever performance was at the JACARANDA CLUB which went bust and closed in November 2011(but may reopen in 2012). Owned by Allan Williams (the first Beatles manager) so you can understand why they played here. However Paul McCartney and Stuart Sutcliffe used to go and drink here as it was a Pub and a Club.
JOHN LENNONS FAVOURITE PUB
The most ornate pub in England that’s the Philharmonoic and it was John Lennon’s Favourite Pub. An ‘Arte Nuevo’ styled public house where most members of the orchestra would drink between intervals from the Phiharmonic Halls just over the road in Hope Street. John used to drink a pint of Higson’s Bitter; a beer that has made a comeback in the city after the brewery closed. However a new micro brewery has re- launched the beer and just like John you too can have one at this great Liverpool landmark tavern!
THE BLUE ANGEL
Another Club & Bar owned by Allan Williams, where John would drink.
The Beatles performed here in the early sixties.
YE CRACKE Pub
John Lennon’s pub: the pub where John used to date his first wife Cynthia Lennon.
LEWIS’S DEPARTMENT STORE ENTRANCE
Under a statue exceedingly rare: because its a bare figure of a man above the entrance to Lewis’s store in Liverpool where Paul McCartney worked. Cynthia and John would wait outside in the entrance underneath the statue for Paul to finish work. The statue and the store are there for tourists to visit but its now called PRIMARK.
The PIER HEAD
A Ferry Cross The Mersey a song made famous by the Beatles friend and contemporary Gerry (Marsden) and the Pacemakers. At the Pier Head where the ferries do cross the river Mersey, you will find a museum and a shop all about the Beatles.
A HARD DAYS NIGHT HOTEL
Beatles Hotel; everything about the Beatles for the Beatles lover and tourist. Its a luxury Beatles themed hotel with all four of the Fab Lads pictures and statues outside, and its on the corner of Mathew Street.
The house that each Beatle lived in as children are all still there and various tours even taxi’s will take you there, but please don’t annoy the neighbours, who have lots of visitors in their street morning noon and night.
This is the home of John’s auntie Mimi @ 251 Menlove Avenue Woolton Liverpool L25 7SA
20 FORTHLIN ROAD
The Home of the McCartney family
Beatles childhood homes – now owned by the nation: The National Trust.
TOUR THE BEATLE HOMES
You can go inside the Beatles homes of Paul & Johns Aunty
But only if you book via the National Trust and travel there in an authorized minibus.
George & Ringo’s homes are still there but not open to the public.
BEATLES CITY TOURS & WALKS
Beatles Radio 24×7 Beatle music.
Paul & Ringo often return to the city to perform and to visit family and friends keep looking and you just might see them!
More about the Beatles in Liverpool and all about the city:
BEATLES in LONDON
For information about the Beatles in London:
Walk the Beatles WALK:
Abbey Road Studios:
Maggie May: sung by John Lennon.
Maggie May was a Liverpool prostitute who walked along Lime Street and probably also Scotland Road.
BEATLES books etc
The White Album
The Beatles: 1967-1970
Abbey Road (Remastered)
With the Beatles
by Alistair Taylor
The Beatles: 1962-1966
A book about the real early connections that the FAB FOUR had with Liverpool
John Lennon called his birthplace LIDDYPOOL in a poem in his book A Spaniard in the Works & In His Own Write.
This book is a guidebook to the BEATLES places in the city of Liverpool.
Take it with you on a visit – it has a city – Beatles – locations – map.
And great stories about the Beatles.
Liddypool Birthplace of the Beatles: To Understand the Beatles, You have to Understand Liverpool
by David Bedford
Beatlemania!: The Real Story of The Beatles UK Tours
by Martin Creasy
The Beatles’ Liverpool: The Complete Guide
by Ron Jones
The Cavern wall, all the groups appearing signed it.
Its been re-created in the replica Cavern on Mathew Street. There is an entrance fee but often its because there is a live imitation band playing.
PHIL SPECTOR worked on their white album.
The Beatles – Wikipedia