Beatles’ 60th Anniversary

(Above: John, George, Pete, Paul and Stu, courtesy of Hamburg Tourism)

Sixty years ago this Monday, on August 17, 1960, a certain band from Liverpool played their first gig under their new name, the Beatles. The band was far from home — at the Indra Club in Hamburg, Germany — and had five members: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best.

To celebrate the anniversary, you can Stream & Shout with a free two-hour show live from the very same Indra Club, this Monday at 3 pm ET (9 pm Hamburg time). Just visit, Facebook or YouTube.

The organizers promise stories and talks with experts and “former companions,” plus a recreated Beatles set from August 1960, and other Fab Four…er, Fab Five songs from a host of bands.

For more, here’s local Beatles expert and musician Stefanie Hempel with a teaser:

If you miss the live show, you’ll be able to catch it later on demand .

No film exists of the Beatles with Sutcliffe and Best, so we’ll turn to Backbeat, a cool 1994 movie about their time in Hamburg.

Here, John Lennon (Ian Hart) introduces the band on August 17, 1960:

Unfortunately, Backbeat isn’t streaming anywhere. But here, from the film, The Beatles perform Good Golly, Miss Molly in front of a pretty unattentive early crowd…until some women arrive.

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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