Maybe the easiest and cheapest of all were the early rock’n’roll and rhythm and blues records that reminded them of the good old days in New York. They would make quite a mark in Liverpool. back home when a beat boon arose based on the sounds from the other side of the Atlantic.
Skiffle groups, including the Quarrymen (formed by a gentleman by the name of John Lennon), quickly transitioned to rock-n-roll. This was initially met with opposition by Ray McFall, the owner of the Cavern Club, among others. He reminded the boys that his venue was a place that welcomed jazz and not rock’ n’roll.
It didn’t take too long, however, before McFall and the others came around to this new kind of music. Their unique ability to get their hands on records from the Americans gave bands like The Beatles and The Searchers the opportunity to change their sound to one that would become known as Merseybeat.
You would be wise to make your way to Albert Docks to begin to get a feel for some of these golden moments. Some of the places that were responsible for this musical revolution have changed. Some haven’t.
You should first stop off at The Beatles Story, Albert Dock’s award-winning tribute to the Fab Four that includes a Cavern Club replica, artworks, and original instruments. As temporary exhibitions are common, it’s always worth another visit should you happen to be in Liverpool on another occasion.
It’s from here where you can continue your journey of Beatles-related locations, due to Cavern City Tours’ Magical Mystery Tour being right there on the dock. The bus, in all its Magical Mystery Tour glory, departs from the dock on a regular basis. You can purchase your ticket from the office located close to The Beatles Story.
The tour ends at the Cavern Club, where you can gain entry thanks to admissions being included with your ticket. While on the tour, you’ll see plenty of other Beatles spots around Liverpool, including Strawberry Field and Penny Lane, as well as some of the homes that The Beatles grew up in. It’s also a great way to get to know Liverpool, in general.
If you really want to make the most of your Beatles experience, you could always go exploring on your own, so you aren’t limited to the time dictated by the tour company and having to compete with a crowd of tourists. The experience would also be unique to you.
Matthew Street was more akin to a back alley than the popular nightspot it’s since become. The original Cavern Club stood here before it was demolished in the 1970’s. Among history’s liveliest music venues, the Cavern was where The Beatles could call home. They frequently performed at lunchtimes and in the evenings. In fact, the band attracted its first hardcore fans here. Oh, and some guy called Brian Epstein stumbled upon them here, too.