Brian Epstein meets The Beatles.6.04am, 9 November 1961
Having seeing their name several times in Mersey Beat magazine, and on posters around Liverpool, Brian Epstein had become curious about The Beatles.
Beatles legend has it that Epstein realised there was a buzz around the young group after a customer, Raymond Jones, entered Epstein's NEMS shop and asked for a copy of the My Bonnie single, recently recorded in Hamburg.
In fact, there was no Raymond Jones; Epstein's assistant Alistair
Taylor had made up the name while ordering copies of the single for
NEMS, after hearing requests from fans. However, although his tastes
were more classical than rock 'n' roll, Epstein had grown curious about
the group, and it was suggested that he and Taylor should go and see
On 9 November The Beatles performed a lunchtime concert at the
Cavern Club. Epstein and Taylor were allowed in without queuing.
Epstein was welcomed over the club's PA system by resident DJ Bob Wooler.
"I was immediately struck by their music, their beat, and their sense of
humor on stage - and, even afterwards, when I met them, I was struck
again by their personal charm. And it was there that, really, it all
Epstein and Taylor entered the band's dressing room - "as big as a
broom cupboard" - after the show. The Beatles recognised Epstein, with George Harrison opening the conversation by asking: "And what brings Mr Epstein here?"
Epstein watched The Beatles at the Cavern Club a number of times
over the next few weeks. On 10 December he suggested becoming the
band's manager. They signed a five-year management contract on 24
On the evening of 9 November, however, The Beatles performed for the
final time at Liverpool's slightly down-at-heel Litherland Town Hall