Prime Minister Harold Wilson was the guest of honour when the Cavern Club at 10, Mathew Street in Liverpool was re-opened. Local MP Bessie Braddock was there too along with comedian Ken Dodd and that well known DJ, Jimmy Savile.
No Beatles playing on this occasion.
Local band The Hideaways provided the music.
From Wikipedia: The Hideaways formed in 1963. Ozzie Yue was guitar and vocals, John Shell bass guitar, and John Donaldson drums. Judd Lander on harmonica joined the band a few months later.
In 1969, under the name of “Confucius”, the band released their only single ‘The Brandenburg Concerto’.
Shell, American by birth, would later die in the Vietnam War aged twenty. Lander would play with Paul McCartney’s Wings, provide harmonica for Culture Club’s number 1 hit “Karma Chameleon” and become head of music for Warner Brothers UK.
The Hideaways now hold the official world record for over 300 Cavern performances in both old and new venues, and still perform annually at the Cavern Club.
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