"Come with me to the Casbah..."
Thanks to host Andrew Martin Adamson for inviting myself and fellow Beatles blogger Steve Bradley to guest last week on an episode of his US podcast, Beatles60.
The Beatles60 Facebook group and podcast sticks to a strict timeline by looking back at Beatles' events and news, exactly sixty years ago.
We were invited to discuss the important role Mona Best and the Casbah Club played in the early Beatles' story.
We talked about how the boys built up a steady following at the club and with Mona promoting their gigs around Liverpool, how they were able to replicate the great sound and following on Merseyside that they had already established in Hamburg.
- A brief history of the Best family
- How did Mona Best buy 8 Hayman's Green? The 1954 Epsom Derby
- George Harrison's 'moonlighting phase': Lowlands and the Les Stewart Quartet
- The birth of the Casbah Club
- The re-birth of the Quarry Men
- The Beatles return from Hamburg, December 1960
- Why it was left to Mona and Pete to organise the Beatles' booking
- Early 1961 - Mona Best starts Casbah Promotions
- Why didn't Mona become the Beatles' manager
- The reasons behind the closure of the Casbah club
- The re-birth of the Casbah in the late 1980s
- The Liverpool Beatles Museum, the Casbah club and Pete and Roag Best's activities today
All this in the new episode available here: