The Story of “The BeatMakers”
With Don Hurley
On October 19, 1961 one of the finest super groups ever played a concert for one night only at The Litherton Town Hall in Liverpool, England. The Beatles, comprised of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best (prior to Ringo Starr) on drums joined forces with Gerry & The Pacemakers lineup, which consisted of brothers Gerry and Freddie Marsden, Les Chadwick and Les Maguire. Vocalist Karl Terry also joined the band for the evening.
Both bands were from Liverpool, England. They both were signed by manager Brian Epstein, and also worked with Producer George Martin. It was one of the most friendly “rivalries” in music history, as both bands truly liked one another and became fast friends in their hometown and on the music scene itself.
For one magical evening on October of 1961 though, this super band played their hearts out for their own hometown crowd as “The BeatMakers” for one night and one show only. For the next couple of years, Gerry & The Pacemakers and The Beatles went toe to toe on the record charts, before The Beatles had fully gelled and went on to become the biggest band in the history of pop music when their “Mersey Sound” conquered everything there was in music.