Ringo Starr is taken ill before The Beatles’ world tour

3.00pm, Wednesday 3 June 1964 (49 years ago)

In the morning Ringo Starr collapsed with tonsillitis and pharyngitis during a photo session for the Saturday Evening Post newspaper in Barnes, north London.

He was taken to University College Hospital where he was ordered to rest completely. Unfortunately for him, The Beatles were due to begin their world tour in Denmark the following day, and it was too late to cancel.

George Martin suggested they draft in session musician Jimmie Nicol as a temporary replacement.

I was having a bit of a lie down after lunch when the phone rang. It was EMI asking if I could come down to the studio to rehearse with The Beatles. Two hours after I got there I was told to pack my bags for Denmark.
Jimmie Nicol

Between 3pm and 4pm, Nicol and the three remaining Beatles ran through six songs from their current stage set: I Want To Hold Your Hand, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There, This Boy, Can’t Buy Me Love and Long Tall Sally. The rehearsal was not recorded.

After Nicol had left the studios at Abbey Road, John, Paul and George remained behind to record demos and overdubs for several songs in Studio Two.

One Response to “Ringo Starr is taken ill before The Beatles’ world tour”


    i can vaguely remember the news item about ringo starr on the news but then again i was only 6 at the time


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