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ON THIS DAY: FINAL DATE OF THE BEATLES AT STAR-CLUB IN HAMBURG

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31 December, 1962: The Beatles played their final Hamburg club date.

This was the 13th and final date of The Beatles at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany, situated on Große Freiheit off the infamous Reeperbahn.

The residency had begun on 18 December 1962, and saw The Beatles perform for a total of 39 hours over 13 days.
The Beatles had previously appeared at the Star-Club in April-May and November 1962. This time around they each received a fee of 750 DM (£67) per week. They performed for three hours each night, with a night off on Christmas Day.

Recordings of The Beatles’ performances from this period were released in 1977 on the double album Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962. The group was taped by the Star-Club’s manager, Adrian Barber, at the request of musician Ted ‘Kingsize’ Taylor. Barber used a Grundig reel-to-reel home tape recorder and a single microphone. Although commonly held to come from 31 December 1962, it is likely that the Star-Club recordings date from a range of nights in that month.

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