The fourth and fifth
visits in 1962 were to the Star Club again,
14 nights from 1st Nov to 14th Nov,
now with Ringo in place and 13
nights 18th Dec to 31st Dec This
last time, they were recorded on several occasions in December
on a reel to reel by Ted 'Kingsize' Taylor of Kingsize Taylor &
The Dominoes (left), which was later (1977) released as an
Rory Storm and the Hurricanes - recognise the
guy with the drumsticks ?
The lads carried on without George as best as
they could and meanwhile they moved their stuff to the Top Ten,
where Peter Eckhorn had offered them digs.On leaving Bambi Kino,
Paul & Pete set fire to a condom on a nail !!! - not really a fire
but Bruno was still pissed about it so reported this to the polizei
as arson ! The next day Paul and Pete were arrested and taken to
Davidwache for the night. Stu was living with Astrid Kircherr,
below, so was not suspected. Paul and Pete were deported by
air and John came shortly after(7/12/60) Pete and his mum Mona
arranged with Peter Eckhorn to have their gear sent back.
First trip to Hamburg - it
didn't end well !
Hamburgs tribute to the lads' time their -
Second Hamburg trip - more
successful this time !
After leaving the Jacaranda on
16/8/1960 they travelled to Hamburg via Harwich to Hook of Holland
and stopped off at Arnhem, after taking a wrong turn and posed at
the cemetary where they posed. Left to right Alan Williams
(manager), his wife Beryl Chang, Lord Woodbine, Stu,Paul,George and
Pete. Absent in the photo is John, Barry (Beryl's brother) and Herr
Steiner (Bruno Koschmider's interpreter)
The Indra Club, Grosse
Freiheit 64. They played here 48 nights between 17th Aug to
3rd Oct 1960
4th October, Bruno decided he wanted the lads
at his other club, the Kaiserkellar, Grosse Freiheit 36 (the Indra was closed down
because of the noise !) They were to share the bill with Rory Storm
and the Hurricanes where they replaced Derry & The Seniors .
They then went on to play alternately for 58 nights until 30th
November, but not without incidents !
Whilst here they 'stayed' at the Bambi Kino
Strasse 33 , a crappy cinema
owned by Bruno Koschmider (right) who ran both the Indra and
Kaiserkeller. Came across this band who perform many of their
original sets -check the site out
Bruno decided to stamp his
authority (my German sister in law is just like that ) and
'allegedly' on 20th November, George was reported to the, as George
was under 18 (only 18 or over could be outdoors after midnight), so
George spent the night trying to show John his guitar parts and was
deported the next day.
George at the Bambi Kino
Peter Eckhorn, who owned the
Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn
was impressed with what he saw at the Kaiserkellar and wanted to
hire them after their contract at the Kaisekellar ran out.
It was here that Klaus
Voormann and his girlfriend, Astrid Kirscher first came to see the
Bruno found out about this and
banned the lads from going to the Top Ten - they didn't give a f..k
! and still kept going
Davidwache, a well-known police station in
Peter Eckhorn, owner of the Top Ten
Eimsbütteler Str. 45a - Astrid's home, he shared with Klaus Vormann
and also Stu, where he stayed until his death on 10/4/1962
After the disaster of 1960, Peter Eckhorn
hired the lads from 1.4.61 to 23.6.61 (13weeks 503 hours over 92
nights according to Mark Lewisohn) for the Top Ten Club,
136 .They also lodged here (apeart from Stu) This time, it
tightened up the band, however after the residency, Stu decided to
leave the band and stay in Hamburg with Astrid.
Third trip and a new venue - The
The first visit of 3 to the Star Club, Große
Freiheit 39 from 13.4.62 -
31.5.62 and were support to Gene Vincent
Paul, Pete, George, John & Gene Vincent
Hotel Pacific, where the lads stayed on their
Hotel Germania, Detlev-Bremer-Strasse 8, where they stayed during their
November trip - bit of a 'come-up' from Bambi Kino !
The famous Steinway music shop,Colonnaden
29 where it is said Macca bought his first 500/1, John, his first
Ricky 325 r and Pete some Zildjan cymbals.
Wohlwillstrasse 22, in St. Pauli.is where Jurgen Vollmer took a
photo in 1961 (amongst many others) of John, which would appear on
the cover of his 1975 album 'Rock n Roll'
Just to give you an idea how close all the
places were together in St Pauli here's a map I've put together