Sunday 10 January 2016

Sunday Snap – The Cavern Club

The Cavern Club Liverpool
Last week we were looking at the origins of Nipper Alley for Sunday Snap. I asked what music label and shop featured Nipper the dog and the answer was

His Master's Voice or HMV

Getting tuneful with the right answer last week were Cass, Nadine, Kizzy, Clare, Ali, Rachel and Ruthy.

59 years ago this week a jazz club opened at 10 Mathew Street in Liverpool. It was named The Cavern Club after the Parisian jazz club Le Caveau De La Huchette but it also suited its underground setting which was a former air raid shelter. After it opened it soon become a venue for the newly formed local skiffle bands. Any type of rock 'n roll music was definitely not permitted but after a set performed by The Quarrymen in 1957 more blues and beat bands started to appear. The club's heyday was in the early 1960s when one particular group consisting of four local men started to performed there after returning from a stint in Hamburg. After over 200 sets at The Cavern Club the band came so famous that the club's small capacity could no longer contain their legions of screaming fans. The club soon became a hub of emerging Liverpool bands and solo singers but also acts that were to become some of the best known in the world such as The Rolling Stones, Queen and Elton John. 

All of this came to an end in 1973 when the club was bought by British Rail and was closed. Its underground location was filled in as part of the Merseyrail construction project whilst the ground level buildings were demolished to make way for ventilation shaft. The Cavern Club moved across the road but never had the same vibe as the original and it changed its name several times over the years. Without The Cavern Club though there was something lacking in Liverpool and in 1984 work began on building a new Cavern Club on the original site. The planned ventilation shaft was never built and the area had been used as a car park. Many of the original bricks were able to be recovered and reused. The new Cavern Club still remains true to its roots as a venue for new talent and live music plus a tourist destination.

Which Liverpudlian Fab Four are associated with The Cavern Club?

We were joined last week by Sophie and her watchful crow. All kilted up for a wedding was Susan's troop. We had a trip round the garden with Snoskred. Two became one for Kelly with some hand holding. Kara managed a full house of her family in front of the castle. A nosey cat was captured by Sue. Out and about was Ali with some seasonal red berries. Finally over in New Zealand Betty was in the right place at the right time for the cloud formations by the mountain.

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  1. I have a confession to make.. I am a Homes Under The Hammer addict. I like to play it while I walk on the treadmill. Somewhat hilariously, todays episode had some footage of The Cavern Club! Is this some kind of message to me? ;)

  2. The Beatles of course :) I've actually been here - we did a day trip to Liverpool to see all the Beatles sites when I was a kid because my dad is a huge fan !

  3. I'm sure I've seen this on a Beatles bio program with my father in law. Great photo xx

  4. I know one, at last!! The Beatles!! :)

  5. Finally I know one - The beatles!!

  6. I think you made it too easy this week. The Beatles

  7. Ha ha I only know one Fab Four from Liverpool ;-)

    The Beatles x

  8. yay another one I know, The Beatles


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