The Beatles in France

The Beatles in France

Things certainly went with a bang when the Beatles crossed the Channel to start their 18-day residency at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, in January 1964. But not in the way manager Brian Epstein and the Fab Four had hoped. The electrics at the grand old Parisian concert...
Rolling Stones ’64

Rolling Stones ’64

Welcome to Then and Now, where each week we compare images of Manchester streets, landmarks, buildings and events from bygone days with today. This week we focus more on people rather than landmarks – although the band that visited Manchester in January 1964 are...
Beatles’ Christmas

Beatles’ Christmas

Manchester band the Dakotas played some unusual gigs in their time – but never one like the Beatles’ Christmas party at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, in 1963. It ran for 16 nights, right through to January 11th 1964, and featured some of the biggest names on the...
Rory Storm

Rory Storm

They may not have set the charts alight like the Beatles – but Rory Storm and the Hurricanes were trail-blazers on the Liverpool music scene in the 1960s. Storm had a hand in bringing the Beatles together, set up one of city’s first beat clubs and was one of the first...
Freddie and the Dreamers Quiz

Freddie and the Dreamers Quiz

Freddie and the Dreamers were one of the few groups that crossed the gap between Manchester Beat and Merseybeat in the 1960s. The zany stage antics and energetic dance moves of lead singer Freddie Garrity became the band’s trademark. But they produced some memorable...
John Mayall

John Mayall

For Manchester music fans there was only one to place to be on the milestone evening of Saturday September 11th 1965. The Twisted Wheel nightclub was holding its very last all-nighter at its Brazennose Street premises – and topping the bill were two music legends. The...