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    Beatles 1961 Concert Flyer for Big Beat Sessions at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton An original paper advertising handbill for two nights of "Big Beat Sessions" rock dances right outside of Liverpool featuring The Beatles, Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes, the Remo Four, Derry & the Seniors and others. The shows took place at the Tower Ballroom on two Friday nights, December 1 & 8, 1961.

    The fall of 1961 was very pivotal for the Beatles because just a few weeks earlier, they had met their future manager, Brian Epstein, at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. And the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, which was a township adjacent to Liverpool and also on Merseyside, was a favorite venue of theirs, capable of holding 5,000 people.

    The boys, with Pete Best on drums, had appeared at promoter Sam Leach's two "Operation Big Beat" shows at the Tower in November 1961, both nights rousing successes. As the flyer states at the very top, these were a couple of follow-up evenings to keep the momentum rolling on what was obviously a good thing for all. But Leach was advised against using the "Operation Big Beat" moniker too often and spoiling a good thing, so he saved his next one for the new year. But they differed in name only.

    Both nights were headlined by the Beatles, although on December 8, American singer Davy Jones was brought in with the Beatles serving as his backing band. They had also performed together that very afternoon at a Cavern Club lunchtime session. We've attached a photo from that Cavern lunch gig for context and reference, but it's not included in this sale; in fact, it's just a digital file.

    Flyer measures 5 1/4 x 8 1/4". In Very Good Minus condition with fold marks and spots of toning throughout. COA from Heritage Auctions.


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