The Cavern Club is a nightclub at 10 Mathew Street, Liverpool, England. It was opened on 16 January 1957 as a jazz club, later becoming a centre of the rock and roll scene in Liverpool in the early 1960s. The club became closely associated with the Merseybeat music genre and, famously, regularly played host to The Beatles in their early years. It was closed and opened in a new site on March 1973 and was filled in during construction work on the Merseyrail underground rail loop. It would later be excavated and reopened on 26 April 1984.

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During Peel's youth the Cavern was a jazz club, which held occasional skiffle sessions. He went to the USA in 1960, before the Merseybeat boom happened, and according to Sheila in Margrave Of The Marshes he only went to the club twice:

John had been to the Cavern only twice, when he had flown home for Christmas. The first time, he saw the Spencer Davis Group, with a wet-behind-the-ears Steve Winwood - whose autograph, along with those of other members of his later group Traffic, adorns a page in John's 1967 diary - and the second time the Richmond Group, a Rolling Stones sort of band who featured on a post-Merseyside live LP entitled Where It All Began. [1]

By the time Peel returned to the UK in 1967, the Merseybeat era was over and the Cavern Club had lost its former prestige, even closing for a time in 1966. The DJ still liked some records from the Cavern era, though, notably the Big Three's "You've Got To keep Her Under Hand". He wrote a full-page review of the double LP Merseybeat 1962-64 (United Artists UAD 305/6) for the January 1975 issue of Let It Rock, which featured some groups who had played the Cavern, and included tracks from it in his playlists. He also occasionally played tracks from Decca's "live" At The Cavern compilation album on his shows.


(Tracks played by Peel from various artist (v/a) compilations featuring music associated with the Cavern Club. Please add more information if known.)

Doctor Feel Good

Doctor Feel Good

(LP - At The Cavern) Decca

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