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50th anniverary of The Beatles' first Croydon gig

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Today marks half a century since The Beatles' first came to Croydon. Billed as "Britain's Dynamic Beatles" on the tour poster, the Fab Four performed at the ABC Cinema, West Croydon, in a support slot on the Tommy Roe/Chris Montez tour. The group had driven south from central London where they had earlier recorded a session for the BBC's On The Scene show. Crowds at the venue, which later became the Safari Cinema, were entertained by songs including Please Please Me, which had been released as a single two months earlier, and debut hit Love Me Do. The group returned to Croydon little over a month later when, on April 25, they played the Fairfield Hall Ballroom as part of the Mersey Beat Showcase. They performed there again on September 7, 1963. Do you have memories of The Beatles in Croydon? Comment below.

50th anniverary of The Beatles' first Croydon gig


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