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The Star-Club
STAR-CLUB Eingang Hamburg 1968.jpg
Entrance to the Star-Club, Hamburg. 1968
LocationHamburg, Germany
Public transitHamburg S1.svgHamburg S3.svg Reeperbahn
OwnerManfred Weissleder and Horst Fascher
TypeNightclub, music venue
Genre(s)Rock and roll

The Star-Club was a music club in Hamburg, Germany, that opened on Friday 13 April 1962, and was initially operated by Manfred Weissleder and Horst Fascher. In the 1960s, many of the giants of rock music played at the club. The club closed on 31 December 1969 and the building it occupied was destroyed by a fire in 1987. The address of the club was Große Freiheit 39 in the St. Pauli quarter of Hamburg. Große Freiheit is a side street of the Reeperbahn. The club had a capacity of 2,000 people, and cinema-style seating.[1]

The club achieved worldwide renown through the performances of The Beatles, who played there 13 April – 31 May, 1–14 November, and 18–31 December 1962. A performance or parts of several performances from the end of the latter stay was or were recorded on a home tape machine, and a remixed version was released in 1977 as Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany; 1962.

The Beatles' first Hamburg Club performance was at the Indra Club (also on Große Freiheit) on 17 August 1960.

Musicians who played at Star-Club[edit]

The Star-Club memorial in St. Pauli, Germany.

List of musicians who played in the Star-Club:[2]

Star-Club Records[edit]

In October 1962, Siegfried Loch, label manager for Philips Records, visited the Star-Club for a concert with Fats Domino. Loch persuaded Manfred Weissleder, the manager of Star-Club, to give him permission to set up recording equipment in the club.[4] He started a record label, Star-Club Records, subsidiary of Philips Records.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-01-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) List of musicians who played in the Star-Club
  3. ^ Book, Black Monk Time
  4. ^ "The Beatles' Star Club Recordings The Reel Story - Record Collector Magazine".

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Coordinates: 53°33′04″N 9°57′28″E / 53.55111°N 9.95778°E / 53.55111; 9.95778