Live: Hulme Hall, Birkenhead – Ringo Starr’s first official show as a Beatle

10.00pm, Saturday 18 August 1962 (51 years ago)

Following the sacking of Pete Best, The Beatles were quick to recruit their new drummer.

Ringo Starr wasn’t a stranger to the band, having stood in for them on several occasions in Hamburg and Liverpool, where he primarily played for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

Ringo first played on the same bill as The Beatles on 13 March 1959, on the opening night of the Morgue Skiffle Cellar in Liverpool. He was playing with Al Caldwell’s Texans, and further down the bill were the Quarrymen. Caldwell later became Rory Storm; the Quarrymen, of course, were to become The Beatles.

On 18 August 1962, for the first time, The Beatles were officially John, Paul, George and Ringo. Following a two-hour rehearsal they played at the Hulme Hall in Birkenhead from 10pm. The occasion was the local horticultural society’s 17 annual dance.

The capacity for Hulme Hall was 450 but, due to the popularity of The Beatles, it was unofficially enlarged to 500 when they performed. The other three dates they played at the venue were 7 July, and 6 and 27 October 1962.

3 Responses to “Live: Hulme Hall, Birkenhead – Ringo Starr’s first official show as a Beatle”

  1. Bill Bijak

    Pete Best was fired on August 15th never to play with the Beatles again. The Beatles played the Majestic Ballroom on Friday, August 17th, 1962. They played with Faron and the Flamingoes and Carl Terry and the Cruisers.

    Did Ringo play this date or did someone else sit in ?

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  2. fkilmore

    Ringo was playing at Butlins Skegness when Epstein rang and asked him to join the Beatles (recalled by Bobby Thompson, bassist with Rory Storm in The Butlins Story ITV3)…Epstein asked Ringo to shave off his beard, and get a Beatle haircut…/..I can never understand why Rory Storm didnt complain, or why Best didnt join the Hurricanes?.. /…If the Beatles had played Skegness instead of Hamburg, would they have had the same enigmatic rock n roll heritage?…(It was OK for Rossi and Parfitt of Status Quo who met there with different bands)

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