The most famous club in the world.
Liverpool’s Famous Cavern Club is 60 years old and the BBC are airing a documentary about it this evening.
Here’s what the Echo has to say:
The Cavern at 60: How it all began…over a pint in The Grapes
BBC documentary traces the world famous club’s brilliant history
A TV documentary celebrating 60 years of The Cavern reveals how its founder hatched his plan to open it over a lunchtime pint in The Grapes pub further along Mathew Street.
The Cavern: The Most Famous Club In The World, which is presented by Ted Robbins, can be seen on Friday evening at 7.30pm on BBC1.
And Peter Morris, a friend of its founder, the late Alan Sytner, recalled a crucial day in 1956, when he, Alan and two other friends met up in Mathew Street.
He told the programme: “We used to meet up in The Grapes and he said ‘Do you know I was in Paris and there was a jazz club there which opened early in the evening, so people came straight from work. We should have a place like that and we could even open at lunchtime. I’d love to find a place, like a basement or something’.”
The group left the pub and walked up Mathew Street – and Peter added: “There were four of us there and I don’t know who, but someone said ‘Hey, Alan, what about that place there?’ And there was a sign for a basement for sale or let.
“The next day we met up for a pint and Alan said ‘I’ve got that place – I bought it’.”
Peter, who played in a band called The Dolphins which later performed in the Cavern, also recalled how Alan recruited his friends’ help in transforming the Cavern’s interior.
He said: “It was actually three rooms and he said ‘What we need is one big room so these walls will have to come down’. He said I’ll get the sledgehammers and a barrel of ale and we’ll all come down one night and knock these walls down’ – which we did. Just thinking about it afterwards, the whole thing could have come down on top of us!”
Alan Sytner, who died at his home in Cannes in 2006, was the son of a Liverpool GP, Joe Sytner, and had a passion for jazz. He opened the Cavern, which was initially a jazz club, on Wednesday January 16, 1957.
Its music policy changed over time, and The Beatles played the Cavern 292 times between February 9, 1960 – 57 years ago today – and August 3, 1963.
Tomorrow’s documentary features lots of archive footage and interviews with a variety of people with connections to The Cavern – from artists who played there to the many individuals who helped shape its development into a global brand, as well as fans who visited the club over the years, and continue to do so today.
It opens with a specially-shot title sequence featuring Moreton artist Tony Booth, who designed the club’s opening night poster 60 years ago and went on to hand-paint the iconic Beatles posters. Tony sadly passed away, aged 83, just a week after filming, and days before the Cavern’s 60th anniversary.
See you all in Liverpool – make sure you visit the Cavern while you’re here !