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The rise of Merseybeat
Look up as you turn left into Mathew Street and keep going.
You'll see a banner reading 'Welcome to Mathew Street, Birthplace of The Beatles.' The street is home to the Cavern Club. In the early 1960's hundreds of local bands performed at the club, including The Beatles who, between 1961 and 1963, performed there on 292 occasions. Others such as Gerry and the Pacemakers of You'll Never Walk Alone fame and singer Cilla Black were also regulars.
Playing the Cavern, the Beatles popularity began to grow. The group's performances drew the attention of a local record store owner, Brian Epstein, who became the group's manager. In 1962 Epstein negotiated a recording contract for the band. Dozens more bands and singers followed suit, creating a period known as Merseybeat.
From the the summer of 1963 to the summer of 1964, Merseybeat musicians dominated both the UK and US pop charts.
You are now nearing the entrance to the original Cavern Club. The Cavern sign you can just about see belongs to a recently built replica of the original club.