Rare pictures of The Beatles playing at Liverpool’s Cavern Club uncovered

Two rare photographs of The Beatles playing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool have been discovered.

The images were captured in July 1961, over a year before the band released their debut single Love Me Do.

They show John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney at the microphone, with George Harrison on guitar and a partially obscured Pete Best, the group’s original drummer.

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Beatles historian and author Mark Lewisohn said: “Set inside Liverpool’s cramped and dank Cavern Club, these previously unseen photos capture The Beatles playing for a lunchtime or evening audience in July 1961.

Photo issued by Tracks Ltd of The Beatles playing at Liverpool's Cavern Club in July 1961.
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“Just back from Hamburg – slogging 500 stage hours in 90 days – The Beatles are whippet-thin under-nourished lads of 20 (John), 19 (Paul and Pete), and 18 (George).

“So slender has this marathon made them, it’s as if their heads and bodies are stranger. A look emphasised by the unusual clothes – leather trousers and cotton tops. No other photos show them dressed this way.

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“Three months from here, John and Paul went to Paris and returned with what became known as ‘The Beatle haircut’.

“Days later, Brian Epstein saw The Beatles in the Cavern, offered to become their manager and set them on (a) course that changed our world.”

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Handout photo issued by Tracks Ltd of The Beatles playing at Liverpool's Cavern Club in July 1961.

To mark the 60th anniversary of Love Me Do’s release, Chorley-based dealer Tracks Ltd is offering free rare music memorabilia valuations.

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The valuation day takes place at The Beatles Story exhibition at Liverpool’s Royal Albert Dock from 11am-6pm on October 5.

A woman smokes under the neon sign for the Cavern Club as it reopens to the public with live music to host their annual 'Beatleweek' celebration of music by The Beatles in Liverpool, north west England on August 27, 2020. - The renowned underground live music venue first opened in 1957 and was instrumental in forging their early careers of several major bands including The Beatles who performed there on 292 occasions. Due to coronavirus restrictions the 2020 International Beatleweek is celebrating the Fab Four online and at the Cavern Club with the presentation of pre-recorded performances and some live performances from Cavern resident artists. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

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