1962

Today, August 22nd marks the 56th anniversary of the first filmed footage of John, Paul, George, & Ringo performing live together. The band, who had never been professionally filmed live before, were caught on camera at Liverpool's Cavern Club performing two songs, both covers -- "Some Other Guy" and "Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey" -- for the Granada TV show, Know The North. The show was only Ringo Starr's fourth official performance with the band, having joined on August 18th. At the end of the "Some Other Guy" clip, you can clearly hear fans call out for the soon to be forgotten original drummer Pete Best. Incidentally, the next day -- August 23rd, 1962 -- John Lennon and Cynthia Powell were married.

Historian Mark Lewisohn uncovered that the footage was deemed unsatisfactory at the time, and shelved until the group were established UK stars and premiered on November 6th, 1963 on the program Scene At 6:30. Several differing takes of "Some Other Guy" have survived and been shown frequently over the years with the clip of "Kansas City/Hey, Hey, Hey" seemingly chopped up and used for B-roll.

Hollies singer-guitarist, Liverpudlian Terry Sylvester, replaced Graham Nash in the band and made his bones in such Liverpool groups as the Escorts and the Swinging Blue Jeans. Having played the Cavern Club countless times, he told us that although an immensely historic and legendary venue -- at the end of the day, the place was dump: "It was horrible. It was smelly. It smelled of disinfectant. There was only one way in; there was no back door, so everyone had to come in carrying the amps up and down the stairs all past the people comin’ in. Very small place, very small. You’d be playing to 200 people. Maybe 300."

AUDIO: JOHN LENNON ON WHY THE BEATLES SPLIT
AUDIO: BRUCE SPIZER ON THE QUALITY OF 'THE BEATLES AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL' TAPES
AUDIO: TERRY SYLVESTER DESCRIBES THE CAVERN CLUB