Tag Archive for John Lennon

Down and out with the Beatles in Liverpool

Welcome to the world, Beatles! An unexploded bomb in a Liverpool garden, two miles from the home of John Lennon’s Aunt Mimi, November 1940. Courtesy: Merseyside Police.

Quick! Name the pub on the cover of Ringo Starr’s Sentimental Journey album (at right). Or, the venue where Ringo played his first official gig with the Beatles. Thanks to a recent trip to Liverpool, I know the answers—although it would have been cheaper to stay home and do an Internet search.

Liverpool

The Empress, 230 feet from Ringo Starr’s childhood home at 10 Admiral Grove (and next door to a mosque)

Hulme Hall, at the Port Sunlight model village in Wirral—across the Mersey from Liverpool. Ringo played here with the Beatles on Aug. 18, 1962, two days after Pete Best was fired.

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The Beatles in New Zealand, 1964

John Lennon boards a Viscount aircraft for a domestic flight at Wellington Airport, June 23, 1964. The capital's airport did not have jet bridges for domestic flights until the late-'80s, so you were invariably guaranteed a soggy boarding

John Lennon boards a Viscount aircraft for a domestic flight at Wellington Airport, June 23, 1964. The capital’s airport did not have jet bridges for domestic flights until the late-’80s, so you were invariably guaranteed a soggy boarding

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