Sunday, 1 November 2009

Where you there when the Beatles played Cardiff?

That's the question being asked by writer Martin Creasy.

Martin, the author of Legends On Tour - The Pop Package Tours of The 1960s is now working on a new book about the six UK tours of The Beatles between the beginning of 1963 and the end of 1965.

He is now researching every gig on every tour in every town and am interviewing musicians who toured with the Beatles, journalists who covered the shows, staff from the venues and hotels, and fans who were there.

There are three key Cardiff Capitol dates:

The first was Monday May 27, 1963: The Beatles were on tour with Roy Orbison, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and others. For 14 weeks either side of the Cardiff date either the Beatles or Gerry were at number one. And you got The Big O thrown in. That's what I call value! It was this day that Dave Edmunds, who worked at a local music store, went along and watched the show and gave the Beatles freebies from his shop!

The second was Saturday November 7, 1964 when Mary Wells was their special guest.
The third was on Sunday December 12, 1965 on a tour with The Moody Blues, among others.
This third date was the Beatles' final paid gig in the UK. Their final UK performance of course was the rooftop appearance at Savile Row from Let It Be.

Martin says:

"I'd love to hear from fans who saw any of these shows - or anyone else with memories"

Please email us at and we will pass your messages on to Martin.


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