the band have several appearances at the Tower
Ballroom , in New Brighton. One of
these shows will be the last performance of Pete
Best with The Beatles.
1st, there is a special appearance of Gene
Vincent at the Cavern, who shares the bill
with The Beatles.
|One of the
last shows with Pete Best at Tower Ballroom.
Vincent at the Cavern Club.
||On July 6th,
The Beatles have another appearance aboard the
Royal Iris, on the River
Mersey, for a "Riverboat
Shuffle" all-night show. On that
night, the Star is jazzman Acker
Bilk. In between his sets, the Fabs
play their repertoire.
play Love Me Do on board the Royal Iris.
dressing room on board the Royal Iris.
August is a very
special month in the band's history, for this is the time when the
definite band line-up will arise.
Actually, there had been a progressive dismissal of Pete
Best for some time, and the group had been
gradually divorcing him from their activities. Pete's
drumming abilities were quite limited and certainly unsuitable for
recording purposes (a point which had been explained by Martin
to Epstein on
An other example of this
dismissal is the fact that Pete
had also refused to re-style his hair into the fringe-style adopted by
the other three.
hair-style is wrong ?
In August, Epstein
and the group decide to fire Pete
and offer the drummer's position to Ringo
Starr, regular drummer of Rory
Storm and The Hurricanes. Ringo
had already sat in with The Beatles for 2 engagements on February
5th as Pete
Best was ill.
On August 15th,
The Beatles have their last appearance at the Cavern with Pete
Best as a drummer.
The following day, on August
is dismissed by Brian Epstein
from the group a few hours before a performance at Riverpark
Ballroom. Dummer Johnny
Hutchinson replaces Pete
for the show and also at the Majestic
Ballroom next night.
On August 18th,
his place behind the drum kit at the Hulme
is the birth of the Fab Four !!!
Four's line-up !
One of the first gigs with Ringo after Best has been sacked.
arrival and after the signing of the Parlophone contract, it is
necessary to shoot promotional photos of the new band's line-up.
Several photograph sessions are set up for
Below: session on a waste
Right: session aboard the River Mersey's Ferry.
On August 22nd,
Granada TV makes
the first filming of a live performance of The Beatles. It takes place
at The Cavern and the group perform two songs, Some
Other Guy (Barrett
/ Leiber / Stoller)
and Kansas City
(Leiber / Stoller).
The result of the filming is unsatisfactory and the film remains shelved
until it is exhumed for the broadcast of Some
Other Guy in 1963.