Saturday, 18 August 2012

Ringo Starr plays his first official Beatles Show

On Saturday 18 August 1962, exactly 50 years ago, Ringo Starr played together with John, Paul and George at Hulme Hall in Birkenhead. They first rehearsed for 2 hours, and then appeared together on stage at 10pm. The occassion? The local horticultural society's 17th annual dance.

After Pete Best was sacked two days earlier, The Beatles approached Ringo Starr to replace Best. They had known Ringo already for a couple of years. The first time they appeared together, was at the opening of the Morgue Skiffle Cellar in Liverpool on 13 March 1959.

Ringo played in a group called Al Caldwell's Texans (maybe that is where he got his love for westerns?). Caldwell would later become famous as Rory Storm. On the same bill were the Quarry Men.

Over the years (leading up to August 1962) Ringo had helped The Beatles out when they needed a temporary drummer, for example in Hamburg and in the Cavern.

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