AP1. Early Beatles
autograph set, signed in 1961 at the world-famous Cavern Club in Liverpool by
the original pre-Ringo lineup
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AP1. Early Beatles
Autograph Set, Signed In 1961 At The World-Famous Cavern Club In Liverpool By
The Original Pre-Ringo Lineup
no one venue as closely associated with The Beatles as Liverpool's Cavern Club.
It was here where, as legend states, The Beatles played 292 times in the
two-and-a-half-year period between February 9, 1961 and August 3, 1963. At their
first Cavern show, they were virtually unknown even in their hometown. By the
time they played their last show at the club, they were nationally-known in
England and a mere six months away from their breakthrough in America and the
worldwide acclaim that followed. Much has been written about the Cavern -- its
origins in 1957 as a jazz club and the early ban on rock 'n roll; the damp, hot
air filled with the stench of cigarettes and perfume; the walls dripping with
condensation; the crowds that packed the place at lunchtime and evenings to hear
all the great emerging bands; and the long queues that stretched for blocks from
the entrance at 10 Mathew Street.
1961 to 1963, this was The Beatles' stomping grounds and, during this time, the
150-year-old cellar would witness the astonishing rise to fame of the band that
would come to dominate popular music. It was here on November 9, 1961 that Brian
Epstein would first see the group perform, an event which, just over two months
later, led to his signing a five-year contract with the band as their manager.
The rest, as they say, is history.
here is a set of Beatles autographs, signed at The Cavern Club in their
inaugural year of 1961. The 4” x 3 ½” cut album page has been fully signed in
blue ballpoint pen by the pre-Ringo incarnation of the band: John Lennon, Paul
McCartney, George Harrison and original drummer Pete Best. Paul has additionally
prefaced his name with "Love" and Pete has added "Best Wishes"
before his signature. At the bottom, someone else (presumably the original
owner) has written "The Beatles - obtained from The Cavern - Liverpool", thereby
verifying the set's origins at the world-famous club.
piece is "framed" on all four sides with glue residue from the cellophane tape
which clearly held it in place in an early fan's scrapbook. This residue doesn't
affect the clarity of the signatures and could easily be removed by a skilled
is accompanied by an original, but well-worn Cavern Club membership card from
1961. A very scarce artifact in itself, the membership card allowed the bearer
access to the club all through the 1961 season -- becoming, in effect, a
"ticket" to see The Beatles for the entire year (after the member paid a nominal
cover charge with each visit, of course). Also included with this ‘Cavern set’
is a 10” x 16” photograph of The Beatles in their ‘leathers’ taken in 1961
outside of the Cavern Club, which can be used appropriately for framing to make
a fabulous display once framed and hanging on your wall.
autograph sets from 1961 seldom surface as they represent some of the earliest
signatures on record. Even fewer are the number of sets signed at The Cavern
during their first year at the club. This is a chance to own a set from a
milestone year in Beatles history -- the year the group started its climb from
obscurity to fame -- and signed on their legendary manager.
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