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1963 Beatles Signed "Riverside Hotel Dance Club" Membership Card
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,700.00
English dance club membership card, dating from 1963, signed by all four members of the Beatles: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison. This is an extremely early Beatles signed piece and dates to the band’s formative years when they were still performing almost exclusively at local clubs in both England and Germany. This fold-over membership card, for the season of “1962-63,” was issued by the Riverside Dancing Club of Tenbury Wells and features the handwritten name of the former club member on the interior (“Mrs. B. Yarrington – Mayfield – Tenbury Wells”). The Beatles played at the Riverside Dance Club’s annual live band night on April 15, 1963 (for the sum of 100 pounds). They obviously impressed Mrs. Yarrington that evening, for she deemed it appropriate to get their autographs on the interior of her membership card. Starr and Lennon have signed in blue ink, while McCartney and Harrison have scripted their names in black ink. McCartney has added the notation “Bass” below his name, while Lennon has added “Vocal” next to his signature. The role in the band identification by Lennon and McCartney is of very special note. We have never seen this on any other early Beatles signed item, and the fact that it reflects their self-defined roles which changed over time is very interesting and significant. Two other signatures (illegible) appear on the front and back of the card and most likely represent two other performers from that night. All of the signatures grade “9/10,” with the exception of Harrison (“7”). The Beatles were on the cusp of super stardom in 1963. Their single “She Loves You” was released that year and became the biggest hit in U.K. history. It was not until the following year that their star rose to unprecedented heights, when they made their memorable 1964 tour of the United States. The membership card (6 x 4.5 inches, unfolded) displays light soiling and a few light creases. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,500/$5,000. SOLD FOR $4,700.00
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