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Apr 18

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window by Lita Roza reaches No1 the UK singles chart. The success of this song - which she famously hated and refused to sing live - makes Lita Roza both the first female vocalist to top the UK singles chart and the first person from Liverpool, long before The Beatles or Cilla Black. (1953)

Apr 18

The Dakotas and The Searchers play at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, UK. (1962)

Apr 18

The Beatles continue their seven week residency at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany, Europe. (1962)

Apr 18

Gerry And The Pacemakers play at The Majestic, Birkenhead, UK. (1963)

Apr 18

While The Beatles are rehearsing for the BBC-organised Swinging Sound 63, a trad jazz/beat music package at The Royal Albert Hall, London, UK, Paul McCartney meets actress Jane Asher, soon to become his girlfriend. She will inspire songs including All My Loving, And I Love Her, I'm Looking Through You, You Won't See Me, We Can Work It Out, Here, There and Everywhere, and For No One. For the record, the Royal Albert Hall show also features Del Shannon, The Springfields, Rolf Harris, Shane Fenton, Kenny Lynch, The Vernons Girls and Lance Percival, and is compered by jazz veteran George Melly. The Rolling Stones also go along to hang out with The Beatles. (1963)

Apr 18

Pop Gear, a film featuring The Beatles, The Animals, Spencer Davis Group, Billy J Kramer & the Dakotas, Herman?s Hermits, The Honeycombs, and the Rockin' Berries, goes on general UK release. (1965)