may 1960

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“They were going to use the Blue Angel, which in those days was called the Wyvern Social Club, to audition back-up bands for Larry Parnes’s acts. Beforehand we went out and bought some string shoes with little white bits on top. We were very poor and never had any matching clothes, but we tried to put together a uniform - black shirts and these shoes. When we arrived at the club our drummer hadn’t shown up, so Johnny Hutchinson, the drummer with Cass and the Cassanovas, sat in with us. I don’t think we played particularly well or particularly badly.”

[George, Anthology]

The Silver Beetles auditioning for Larry Parnes at the Blue Angel Club, Seel Street, Liverpool on 10th May, 1960. 

Auditioning for Larry Parnes, Wyvern Social Club (later the Blue Angel), Liverpool, 10 May 1960. Screen capture from The Beatles Anthology. Photo: Cheniston Roland.

“They were going to use the Blue Angel, which in those days was called the Wyvern Social Club, to audition back-up bands for Larry Parnes’s acts. Beforehand we went out and bought some string shoes with little white bits on top. We were very poor and never had any matching clothes, but we tried to put together a uniform - black shirts and these shoes.
When we arrived at the club our drummer hadn’t shown up, so Johnny Hutchinson, the drummer with Cass and the Cassanovas, sat in with us. I don’t think we played particularly well or particularly badly.
It was a bit of a shambles. Larry Parnes didn’t stand up saying that we were great or anything like that. It felt pretty dismal. But a few days later we got a call to go out with Johnny Gentle. They were probably thinking, ‘Oh well, they’re mugs. We’ll send a band that doesn’t need paying.’” - George Harrison, The Beatles Anthology

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Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was reportedly a healthy, alert baby when he first entered the world on May 21, 1960, but as he grew older it became apparent his mother Joyce was struggling to bond with him. Friends of the Dahmer family would overhear Joyce snapping at Jeffrey, or would watch her totally ignore the toddler when he tried to get her attention. It is likely Joyce was suffering from post-partum depression when Jeffrey was a baby, as well as trying to cope with her extensive mental problems that caused her and Jeffrey’s father Lionel to bicker and fight.

Jeffrey was deeply affected by a double hernia operation he had to endure when he was four years old. He later recounted feeling confused and scared during the physical examinations, and would become frightened whenever the doctor touched him. After the operation, Lionel noticed a marked change in Jeffrey’s personality; he was more sullen, more reclusive, and hardly ever smiled.

“She was kindness itself to everybody and everything around her–people, animals, everything. She just didn’t have a bad bone in her body. She was a unique person. It’s difficult to describe her character. She was just utterly good, the kindest human being I’ve ever met, with an extreme patience. To live with me was proof of her patience, because to be near me must be an ordeal. She never had a bad temper, she was never moody. She enjoyed being a wife. The press and the public knew of her physical beauty, but she also had a beautiful soul, and this is something that only her friends knew about.”
–Roman Polanski, 1971