Thursday 12 August 2021
















Pete Best auditioned to become The Silver Beatles’ drummer and was asked to travel to Hamburg in Germany for the bands next set of dates. Before leaving for Hamburg, The Silver Beatles changed their name to simply “The Beatles”.

In 1960, Allan Williams arranged a season of bookings for the group in Hamburg, starting on August 17, 1960, but complained that he was not impressed with them as a musical group, and hoped that he could find a better act to follow them. 

Having no permanent drummer, McCartney looked for someone to fill the Hamburg position. Best had been seen playing in The Casbah with his own group, the Black Jacks, and it was noted that he was a steady drummer, playing the bass drum on all four beats in the bar, which pushed the rhythm. 

After the Black Jacks broke up, McCartney convinced Best to go to Hamburg with the group. As Best had passed his school exams, he had the chance to go to a teacher-training college, but decided that playing in Hamburg would be a better career move. 

Best had an audition in the Jacaranda club, which was owned by Williams, and traveled to Hamburg the next day. Williams later admitted that the audition with Best was unnecessary, as the group had not found any other drummer willing to travel to Hamburg, but did not tell Best in case he asked for more money.






















In 1962, after capturing success in Liverpool and Hamburg, the band secured a record contract with EMI and met met George Martin at Abbey Road Studios in June of that year for their first recording, and although Best had proven hugely popular during his two years in the band, he was eventually replaced by Ringo Starr on August 16,1962 .


















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